Raicilla & Sotol
Raíz de la Sierra, Jalisco, is the cradle of raicilla. In the Náhuatl language, raicilla means “little root,” a reference to the small, fibrous root system of the agave plant from which raicilla is derived. The plant, Agave maximiliana, is also known as pita, and in raicilla country, it is called sinuca. Raicilla is a traditional Mexican spirit that predates tequila. It is made in the state of Jalisco, Mexico from the agave plant. Raicilla is typically clear, although it can also be found in a light amber colour. It is bottled without ageing and has a strong, earthy taste with hints of pepper. Like tequila, raicilla is made from the agave plant. But unlike tequila, raicilla is made in the mountain regions of Jalisco, Mexico from a different species of agave, Agave maximiliana.