The Top World Spirit Awards was recently held in Paris, France that determined the best spirits in the world. Renowned taster Christophe Guitard, and sommeliers Myriam Huet and Mona Khalife, were tasked with ranking more than a dozen spirits and distilled brands. They awarded the Puerto Vallarta based Hacienda El Divisadero Raicilla the Gold Medal award for the top raicilla in the world. Ready for a vacation in Mexico? If so, book your stay at Garza Blanca. They have luxury resorts in Puerto Vallarta, Cabo and Cancun. They feature comfortable accommodations, top amenities and premiere services you can’t find anywhere else. Keep reading more about raicilla and plan a trip to Mexico so you can try the tantalizing spirit for yourself!
Raicilla Originated in Jalisco
Raicilla is a distilled spirit made from the agave plant that is produced in Jalisco, Mexico. Similar to tequila and mezcal, raicilla is a traditional beverage that has been produced for more than 300 years. Raicilla is a 100% agave distillate made in an artisan way and there are two types, Coastal and Highlander. Raicilla is considered an artisan product due to the way it is produced. Also, varieties include young White or Silver, rested or aged, and flavored or traditional. Raicilla is a quality artisanal, ancestral and wild product you must try on your next vacation to Mexico. In addition to Puerto Vallarta, raicilla is also produced in Mascota, San Sebastián del Oeste, Mixtlán, Talpa de Allende, Cabo Corrientes, Chiquilistlán and other small towns in the region. Mascota actually even hosts an annual raicilla festival each year, too.
Mexico’s Rich Heritage
Mexico is regarded as a country with a rich heritage and interesting culture. It has a strong tradition of producing traditional drinks such as tequila mezcal and raicilla. In addition, raicilla has recently been protected by a Denomination of Origin. The fermented mash of the central stem (piña) of the maguey plant is distilled using a crude, primitive elaboration process. This technique allows the raicilla flavors to shine. The type of soil, topography, climate, water, producer (“Maestro Raicillero”), alcoholic graduation, yeasts, and other factors also influence its flavor. The finished product is a liquid that is colorless when it matures in glass, or yellowish when it matures in a wooden container. For raicilla, two species are used of the lechuguilla agaves, specifically “pata de mula” (mule foot), or “agaves raicilleros” of the species (Agave inaequidens) and (Agave maximiliana).
Hacienda El Divisadero – Gold Medal Award
The award winning Hacienda El Divisadero was founded in 1999 near the town of El Tuito just south of Puerto Vallarta. There, Hacienda El Divisadero raicilla is led by Jorge Luis Carbajal. The company has focused on producing raicilla using artisanal production processes that result in flavorful and delicious spirits. As a result, their raicilla was recognized at the national level as one of the best in Mexico. Similarly, they were just awarded the 1st place Gold Medal award at the Top World Spirit Awards in Paris. The 100 proof single-distilled alcohol is gaining international attention that will draw more visitors to Mexico, too.
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