Master Distiller

Mezcal Delirio de Oaxaca is meticulously handcrafted under the supervision of master distiller Fernando Santibañez. After 25 years of working for large international companies mass producing rum, brandy and tequila, Fernando decided to return to his roots in Oaxaca to make artisanal mezcal. His goal is to bring this legendary spirit to consumers around the world. He uses specific criteria to select quality growers and distillers based on heritage, tradition, experience and terroir. Fernando personally oversees every step of the process to ensure the final product consistently meets his defined specifications. Delirio de Oaxaca reflects Fernando’s passion for making spirits by hand and with care.


Bottle Designer

Arturo Zavala Haag was raised in Mexico City and Switzerland. He developed strong artistic skills at an early age, which lead to a career in architecture. Currently, Arturo lives between Mexico City and Paris, and works as a designer, photographer and artist. In 2009, he was invited to use his unique experience and artistic talent to design the image, graphic design and bottle for Delirio de Oaxaca. Inspired by the structure of the agave plant and Art Deco of the 1930’s, the result is an original, elegant bottle that calls to mind a vintage, cut-crystal decanter.

Tasting & Technical Notes
APPEARANCE:
Clarity: Pure
Legs: Moderate
Color: Translucent
NOSE:
Condition: Strong characteristics of traditional mezcal
Development: Initially robust with citrus fruits and Agave espadin notes that finish with pepper and chili
Character: Robust, solid
PALATE:
Sweetness: None
Body: Ponderous
Intensity: Deep-rooted
Mouthfeel: Multifaceted
Character: Vigorous, semi-smoky
Alcohol: Defined
Finish: Lasting
CONCLUSION:
Quality: Unusual, different, markedly Agave espadin
and smoky character
Origin: Matatlán, Oaxaca, Mexico

Prose

The Delirio Joven bouquet comes from the fresh juice of Agave espadin which for seven long years has taken in the sun and land of Oaxaca. Robust flavors and aromas initially call to mind citrus fruits combined with the fresh agave and later evolve into sensations of pepper and chili. The translucent appearance and light body result from slow distillation in copper alembics. The finished aroma is robust, reflecting the combination of agave, mesquite and defined alcohol content of 84 proof that allows this joven to have lasting sensations beyond the first sip.
Tasting & Technical Notes
APPEARANCE:
Clarity: Clean, bright
Legs: Peaceful
Color: Golden
NOSE:
Condition: Strong characteristics of traditional mezcal combined with discreet smoky and Agave espadin flavors.
Development: Initially robust, softly blending with discreet smoky aromas and slightly herbal notes in the finish
Character: Soft but defined
PALATE:
Sweetness: Medium
Body: Moderate
Intensity: Deep-rooted
Mouthfeel: Multifaceted
Character: Soft
Alcohol: Intermediate
Finish: Enduring
CONCLUSION:
Quality: Handcrafted traditional mezcal with a profile of agave and discreet smoky characteristics.
Origin: Miahuatlán, Oaxaca, Mexico

Prose

Delirio Reposado possesses the characteristics of mezcal made from 100% Agave espadin combined with flavors and aromas of lightly toasted casks. The initial temperament is of fresh agave with discreet smoke from mesquite and copal wood and the finish combines these with soft notes of vanilla from American oak casks. The color is golden, the appearance is moderate and the 80 proof strength is not dominant due to double distillation and honest aging.
Tasting & Technical Notes
APPEARANCE:
Clarity: Clean, brilliant
Legs: Passive
Color: Gold, slightly reddish
NOSE:
Condition: Traditional mezcal with elegant notes of sweet vanilla and robust wood
Development: Characteristics of two types of agave combined with elegant fruity flavors and a robust woody profile
Character: Robust woody profile
PALATE:
Sweetness: Obvious
Body: Burly
Intensity: Deep-rooted
Mouthfeel: Multifaceted
Character: Robust
Alcohol: Low
Finish: Intense
CONCLUSION:
Quality: Exclusive bouquet from different agaves; handcrafted processes and aging in new casks provide characteristics only found in Delirio de Oaxaca Añejo
Origin: Miahuatlán, Oaxaca, Mexico

Prose

Delirio Añejo is the handcrafted result of a union of 100% Agave espadin and Agave madre cuishe which grant rich notes of agave, citrus fruits and sweetness. This añejo possesses a robust mezcal aroma combined with notes of copal and mesquite used during the agave cooking and sweetness from the new, medium toasted casks of American oak. The reddish golden color and full-grown appearance can only be obtained by means of traditional production processes, different types of agave, and aging in new casks; these award a wealth of aromas only found in Delirio de Oaxaca Añejo.
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