Xicala Mezcal Joven has intense aromas of sweet, smoky agave with hints of grapefruit and citrus essences. All while being extremely smooth, Xicala is sweet and fruity with notes of grapefruit, honey, coconut and herbs.
Xicala Mezcal is produced with the 100% agave Espadin grown in the Valley of Tlacolula Oaxaca. This mezcal is cooked in an underground pit and then crushed with a tahona pulled by a mule. After the agave is ground, it is then stored in wooden barrels with a combination of hot and cold water to ferment for eight days. The fermented agave is then mashed and distilled. The first distillation yields low-grade alcohol (20 to 25% APV). The heads and tails from the distillation run are removed. Only the heart of the distillation is kept and it is distilled for a second time to render the final product, which is about 43% APV. Just as in the first distillation, the heads and tails are removed and only the heart is saved. The spirit is then rested for a few months in steel tanks before being bottled. Each bottle of Xicala is adorned with a handcrafted Alebrije.
Xicala Mezcal is produced at Destileria Tlacolula (NOM-O01X), which has been producing mezcal since 1920.