'Agave's best kept secret' is coming to the UK - at least that's how Amathus is describing its latest launch. The company has teamed up with distributor Proof Drinks to bring Raicilla Estancia to our shores.
Produced by R&J Estancia Distillery, Estancia is described as being 'light on the nose, with notes of citrus and roasted fruits', and is also said to be like a 'combination of gin, mezcal and tequila'.
This agave spirit is said to be extremely versatile, with the suggested serve being neat or on the rocks – but it reportedly mixes well too. Raicilla is also often used as an ingredient in Mexican dishes and desserts.
While raicilla is made from a number of agave varieties, Estancia is made from Agave Maximiliana (also known as Lechuguilla), ripened for 10 to 15 years in the high altitudes of Sierra Madre Occidental. The cool climate of the region is said to contribute towards the spirit's floral flavour profile.
'Estancia Raicilla is a welcome addition to our portfolio and a great introduction to the world that is raicilla. Exciting times!' said Jon Anders Borchgrevink Fjeldsrud, agave ambassador for Amathus Drinks.
In celebration of the UK launch, Amathus' Soho store will be holding a tasting and masterclass led by Rio Chenery of the R&J Distillery on 2 September. There will also be a launch party held at Soho's El Camion on 5 September – for more info, contact Amathus.
Estancia will be exclusively imported into Europe and Australia by Amathus and Proof.
Amathus Drinks, 0208 951 9840