La Venenosa is the first Raicilla available to buy in the UK! With old stories about a sneaky name change to avoid paying tax, the diverse agave species used in production, and one man's quest to bring a diverse range to the market, all eyes are on Mezcal's little brother, Raicilla.
Overshadowed by the success of its bigger brother Mezcal in recent years, it’s now Raicilla, a Mezcal from the Mexican state of Jalisco’s time to shine.
Having adopted a new name in the 1780’s to avoid a tax levied by the Spanish Crown, Raicilla has been produced for over 600 years in Jalisco. Raicilla can attribute its fascinating and broad flavour spectrum to the diverse agave species, terroir, equipment and techniques that can be found across the region.
The La Venenosa range was created by Chef Esteban Morales who traversed the state to find the best producers in each region. Each of the three expressions, Sur, Occidental and Costa, are unique: they were created by different Maestro Taberneros in distinct parts of the state, from different species of agave using diverse techniques. The result is a fantastic array of different aromas and flavour profiles highlighting how varied Raicilla can be due to terroir, agave and production techniques.