Mezcal Delirio de Oaxaca is meticulously handcrafted under the supervision of master distiller Fernando Santibañez. After 25 years of working for large international companies mass producing rum, brandy and tequila, Fernando decided to return to his roots in Oaxaca to make artisanal mezcal. His goal is to bring this legendary spirit to consumers around the world. He uses specific criteria to select quality growers and distillers based on heritage, tradition, experience and terroir. Fernando personally oversees every step of the process to ensure the final product consistently meets his defined specifications. Delirio de Oaxaca reflects Fernando’s passion for making spirits by hand and with care.
The heart of this joven is produced at a traditional palenque in Matatlán, Oaxaca, by Abel Lopez, a third generation grower and distiller. Abel cultivates Agave espadin to meet Mexican organic standards by Certimex. After approximately seven years, the agave is harvested by hand and cooked for three days in an underground stone oven heated with mesquite. The cooked agave is then mashed by the tahona method and naturally fermented in open pine vats. The fermentation process is monitored by sight, sound, and smell. Following fermentation, the must is double-distilled in copper alembics, filtered and precisely blended to 84 proof. The final product has a robust profile with aroma of agave, soft fruit notes and semi-smoked character.
The Delirio Joven bouquet comes from the fresh juice of Agave espadin which for seven long years has taken in the sun and land of Oaxaca. Robust flavors and aromas initially call to mind citrus fruits combined with the fresh agave and later evolve into sensations of pepper and chili. The translucent appearance and light body result from slow distillation in copper alembics. The finished aroma is robust, reflecting the combination of agave, mesquite and defined alcohol content of 84 proof that allows this joven to have lasting sensations beyond the first sip.
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