Alipus Mezcal Joven - San Juan del Rio: fermented in oak vats & distilled by Don Joel Cruz from non-irrigated Agave Espad??n grown in sunny mountain-top plantings in ferriferous soil at 4600 feet. Fruity, rich, smokey, pleasantly sweet. Alipus Mezcal offerings are 100% Agave produced in remote pueblos in Oaxaca's noted Mezcal region, via craft production from artisanal family distilleries. Agaves are wood-roasted in palenques (conical below-ground ovens), with juice extraction by slow stone-milling (tahona). Fermentation takes place with native yeasts in open wooden vats, and is completed by double-distillation in small wood-fired copper pot stills.