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Opuntia Tasting Notes


  • Location: Ventura, CA
  • Source material: Prickly pear
  • Distillers: Anthony Caspary, Henry Tarmy, James Greenspun, Andrew Caspary
  • ABV: 41%
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The Opuntia comes at you with a lively fruit bouquet with nips of peach, grape, and cherry just like an eu de vie. It’s like a warm summer day at the orchard in a glass.


The flavor is a fantastic expression of the fruit, it’s flavorful without being overly sweet or cloying. It reminds me most of a Croatian rakija, not afraid of being powerful but restrained as well. Those nice fruit notes get a bit more acidic and – perhaps this is purely associative – prickly at the end.

Read my profile of Ventura Spirits for more on how the Opuntia was made and for a dive into the entire Ventura Spirits project.

Max co-founded Mezcalistas with Susan way back in 2012. Before that he was a journalist at Salon.com and The San Francisco Chronicle.

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