Founded in 1999, Alipús started out as an alternative project supported by Los Danzantes Distillery. The idea was to create a map of Oaxacan mezcals showing how the conditions where each is produced differentiates the final product, with distinct soils, waters and climates having a singular influence on the land where each mezcal is grown.
Alipús seeks to promote and develop awareness about traditional mezcal producers in Oaxaca – in particular about their knowledge and high-quality products. Current distribution and branding efforts have resulted in superlative reviews and increased economic development for traditional mezcal farmers where before there was very little.
ALIPÚS SAN BALTAZAR
Producing Alipús since 2007.
Original Producer: Don Cosme Hernández, married to Doña Cristina.
Current producers: Don Cosme Hernández and his son Cirilo.
Master mezcaleros: Don Cosme Hernández and his son Cirilo.
Soil: San Baltazar Guelavila, Oaxaca. This soil is favorable for agriculture when fertilized properly. These soils erode easily.
Palenque elevation: 1,580 MASL.
Altitude at which the maguey is planted: 1,500 to 1,900 MASL.
Aroma: Hints of lime, pineapple, orange and guava. Herbal notes such as Mexican tarragon, with floral overtones of Mexican marigold.
Palate: Citrus, with heavy emphasis on roasted maguey and banana. Medium acidity with strong lingering flavor.
Pairing: Tostadas de pata (cow’s feet tostada), guacamole with grasshoppers, tacos dorados, crème caramel.