Balancan Spirits is a collection of uncertified spirits from Mexico. Each spirit represents the traditional methods unique to its origin. Sourced from small producers, Balancan Spirits embodies a sense of place — from the land, to the agave and spirit in each bottle.
The agave spirits are called Tuxca which has no formal definition but a loosely accepted definition might look like this:
- Made in the Rio Almería valley near Tuxcacuesco in Jalisco right on the border with Colima.
- Agave varieties might include varieties of Angustifolia including Cimarron, Ixtero Amarillo, and others found growing in the area.
- Roasted underground, generally hand mashed, fermented in volcanic pits, and distilled in wooden filipino stills.
All that said, this is a great example of all the avenues that appellation controls cut off because, once certification is in place, the nuances of each distiller’s approach and any situational changes ( different agaves depending on what they find in the field, seasonality, modified fermentation vessels, etc) are erased by legislative fiat. Since there is no denomination the definition of a Tuxca is loose, people can claim it without having to follow any particular process. With great freedom comes great responsibility. Fortunately distillers like Don Nacho are up to the task.