Artisanal distillation of wild agaves in Jalisco, Durango, and Chihuahua. Balam spirits have won four significant national awards in Mexico.

Xavier Villegran sources his beautifully distilled raicillas, sotols, and a churique from small artisanal distilleries. Production methods vary: pit ovens, above-ground adobe ovens, conoas, shredders, potstills of copper, clay, and stainless steel. Villegran is hugely invested in sustainable production, has erected large greenhouses, and is actively planting several wild varieties.

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RAICILLA COSTA

From EL Tuito in Cabo Corrientes, Jalisco. agaves angustifolia (chico aguiar) and rhodacantha. (750ml / 45% abv) SRP $72.

 

RAICILLA DEL LLANO

From San Gabriel-Sayula, Jalisco, about 70 miles SW of Guadalajara. agave angustifolia. (750ml / 46% abv) SRP $72.

 

RAICILLA SIERRA

From Mascota and San Sebastian del Oeste, jalisco, on the road to Puerto Vallarta agave maximiliana (called lechuguilla). (750ml / 47% abv) SRP $72

 

RAICILLA SIERRA TIGRE

From Mazamitla, Jalisco, in the Sierra Madre Occidental, agave maximiliana. Filipino clay potstill. Very small lots (750ml / 48% abv) SRP $TBD.

 

SOTOL DESIERTO

From Coyame del Sotol, Chihuahua, dasylirion wheeleri (750ml / 47% abv) SRP $72.

 

SOTOL DURANGO

From Penon Blanco, Durango, dasylirion wheeleri (750)ml / 47% abv) SRP  $72

 

CHURIQUE

From Madera, Chihuahua. Agave lechuguilla is an unclassified cousin of potatorum, the agave of tobalá.(750ml / 47% abv) SRP $72.