La Venenosa Raicilla Costa de Jalisco NV, Mexico (700ml)
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| 45.5% ABV | Another aspect of agave spirits, with smoke hiding in the background and herbal notes dominating - this is a distillation of pure agave flavour, taken to another level.
A mix of agaves are cultivated to make this Tequila: Rhodecantha and Angustifolia. Rhodecantha matures after 12 years and Angustifolia after eight. The agave is roasted in a wood fired adobe oven. It is distilled two times in a Philippino still made out of copper and a hollowed out tree trunk.
NOSE: An intriguing combination of gravel, rubbery tire inner tubes and old wood smoke. It’s very savoury, with no sweetness to start, but as it develops in the glass, flashes of fruit and sweet spice emerge, along with farmyard notes, herbs and green leaf bitterness. PALATE: Sweeter and softer than the nose, with a building background of white pepper spice. Arrayed on top of that is orchard fruit, cooling menthol and mint, stony minerality and aniseed ball spice. It’s complex, bouncing around between fruit, spice and herbs, eventually settling on sweet spice. FINISH: Green leaves, smoke, menthol, and lingering note of lemon and menthol.