Raicilla Las Perlas comes from Nikhil Bahadur and 5th-generation raicillero Santiago Diaz Ramos, whom Nikhil encountered while doing business in tequila. The taberna is near the Diaz Ramos hacienda in the small pueblo of Las Guásimos (pop. 42), located inland from the Pacific coast, south of Puerto Vallarta, on the Cabo Corrientes peninsula.
“Perlas”, Spanish for “pearls”, is what raicilleros call the bubbles that form when your pour a raicilla (or a mezcal) into a cup (here a xicara, half a small gourd). The more, and the longer lasting, the higher the alcohol content. It’s a kind of ritual ceremony when you’re buying some mezcal directly from the distiller. more about Las Perlas