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Raicilla Venenosa Tabernas II Edición tasting notes


Location: El Tuito, Costa Norte, Jalisco
Agave: Chico aguiar / A. angustifolia var?
Maestro Mezcalero: Chalio Rodriguez
Quantity: 2,900 bottles / 3867 liters
ABV: 44.5%
Tasting keywords: Fall spices, pepper.

The rear label of La Venenosa’s II Edición.


Deep and dusty, forrest floor and roast agave.


This is a very illusive mezcal. It opens with a bouquet of nuanced peppery and granite flavors that evolve into a bundle of fall spices at the end including cinnamon, mace, and cloves.

Method / Background Notes

The Chico aguiar agave is an angustifolia but I’m not sure of which variety nor whether it hyrbidized locally. It was roasted underground, fermented wild in oak vats, twice distilled in a Philippine still. This is the second in the Raicilla Venenosa Tabernas series. The label is almost indistinguishable from the first edition, look for the “II Edición” below the word “Tabernas” 44.5% ABV on the front label as markers. The details on the back also clearly call it out.

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


  • Mark Shipley
    October 17, 2020

    Where did you get this? I’ve been looking for a raicilla specifically from El Tuito. We bought an unlicensed raicilla there in ’19; we have no idea what type of agave it was made from, and it would be fun to compare the two.


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