El Jolgorio Pechuga Navidena mezcal availability during the holiday in U.S.


Michael Hepworth

HOLLYWOOD (Spiritsman) 11/29/17/–Only 432 bottles produced. Limited supply. Mezcal El Jolgorio announces the U.S. availability of a celebratory holiday mezcal expression through its U.S. importer, Back Bar Project. El Jolgorio Pechuga Naviden is created with the pride, passion and dedication befitting more than 170 years of Cortés family craftsmanship in the Santiago Matatlán region of Oaxaca, Mexico.

Made from 100 percent agave Espadín by fourth-generation maestro mezcalero José Cortés and his children, El Jolgorio Pechuga Naviden?a (48% ABV) is an offering of respect, honor, and gratitude – a celebratory mezcal meant to be savored on special family occasions. Slightly different from Casa Cortés’ previous releases of El Jolgorio Pechuga, this special Christmas recipe contains mandarinas, a small citrus fruit that’s less sweet and more acidic than common mandarins available in the U.S., and tejocote, the fruit of the hawthorn tree. These fruits are local to Oaxaca and available for a very short time each year.   MSRP: $160


El Jolgorio Mezcal Pechuga is produced from 100% semi-wild Agave Espadín (Agave angustifolia).

El Jolgorio Pechuga is made using two distillations. On the second distillation, the mezcalero adds locally harvested fruit and spices, such as pineapple, orange, plantains, anise, to name a few. Also on the second distillation, the mezcalero hangs a raw guajolote – a creole turkey rooster of the region – on the inside of the pot still.

Unlke the other mezcal expressions in the El Jolgorio range, Pechuga is not named for the species/variety of agave it is made from, but rather is a celebratory style of Espadín mezcal. It is made only for special occasions including, for example, patron saint days and weddings.  It is important to note that, due to its purpose of celebrating important events, Pechuga is always intended to be shared among friends.