Alipus' latest bottling.

Alipus’ latest bottling.

Alipus is already a big force in the mezcal world because of its high quality, entry level of price point of $48, and presentation of the diversity of espadin. But now Craft Distillers has a fourth bottle in their Alipus line, the Santa Ana del Rio which brings a new set of flavors. It’s been out for at a few months now but we’re finally seeing it in more bars and retail locations so ask for it next time you get a chance. Our brief tasting notes:  undulating mouth sensations from alcoholic heat to flavor and back again. All were entirely pleasant but in definite contrast to mezcals with more consistently viscous, alcoholic or lean mouth feels. Herbal and agave flavors that vary considerably along with the mouth sensations.