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Alipus adds a bottle to its line


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.

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


  • Jerry
    December 13, 2015

    I just bought a bottle of the Alipus, Santa Ana Del Rio. Of my four choices at my fave store, and not knowing much about the line, I chose the Santa Ana because that’s where I was born. Santa Ana, California, not Mexico. Alipus actually offers five artisinal villages but only four were available, all at $39.99, supposedly a good price. Upon tasting I was taken with the floral, smoke, agave and spice notes and medium alcohol burn. This is a bit bigger then my other fave Tosba, Espadin. This Santa Ana is the rarest of the five with only 500 litres a month being produced compared to about 1200-2000 for the others. So, I felt special somehow. Of my Mezcal experience I would give it a 8-9 of 10. I really liked it and may age some in my small oak barrels to creat an Extra Anejo. I have done this with some expensive blanco Tequilas and Mezcals with excellent results.


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