The Clay Oven

Many people ask us what is the difference between Tequila, Mezcal and Raicilla, so to start we would say what are the similarities:

  • They are all Agave spirits from México
  • The main process is basically harvest, cooking, mashing or milling, fermentation and distillation of Agave.

So that being said, the main differences are:

  • Tequila can be only from Blue Agave Tequilana Weber made in Jalisco, Michoacán, Tamaulipas, Nayarit y Guanajuato.
  • Mezcal can be up to 40+ varieties and from 9 States ( Durango, Guanajuato, Guerrero, Michoacán, Oaxaca, Puebla, San Luis Potosí, Tamaulipas y Zacatecas)
  • Raicilla can be only from 5 types of Agaves: Maximiliana, Inaequidens, Rhodacanta, Valenciana, Angustifolia, and only in 16 town in Jalisco: Atengo, Chiquilistlán, Juchitlán, Tecolotlán, Tenamaxtlán, Puerto Vallarta, Cabo Corrientes, Tomatlán, Atenguillo, Ayutla, Cuautla, Guachinango, Mascota, Mixtlán, San Sebastián del Oeste y Talpa de Allende. and 1 in Nayarit: Bahía de Banderas.
  • Also Raicilla La Reina ® has a really smooth, sweet taste because of the cooking method and the type of agave (Maximiliana) we use. In this case, the clay oven gives its distinctive good flavor.
  • In this picture, you will see Master Raicillero Don Julio Topete Becerra warming up the clay oven. (John Pint, 2019)

Our second post

Hi guys, this time we documented the process of how artisanal raicilla is made.

This is done with pure 100% agave maximiliana in the forests of Western Jalisco, aprox 1,600 mts above sea level or 4800 feet.

Currently in Spanish but will translate to English soon.

Hope you like it!


Ana & Juan

Our first post

We want to share this hidden gem with you. It is something which is extremely outstanding and not many people may know about; It is something that makes us proud. It has been relatively unknown by the mainstream world until recent years.

We want you to Introduce to you Raicilla La Reina produced by Julio Topete, Ana López and JP Mercado.