This Tobalá mezcal is an easy sipper, with tropical fruit notes and a rounder mouth feel. It makes us think of dessert, and would make a fabulous after-dinner digestif with dessert or on its own. Banana foster, creme brûlée, banana pudding … The possibilities are endless.
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Master Mezcalero: Juan Hernández Méndez & Hortensia Hernández Martínez
Agave Varietal: Tobalá
Scientific Name: Agave potatorum
Town / Municipality: Santiago Matatlán
Fermentation: Natural, Open-Vat Fermentation in Wood
Still Type: Copper Alembic
Date of Distillation: December 2017
Number of Liters in Distillation: 525 Liters
Tropical fruit notes, with a round mouth feel. Banana, cooked maguey and adobo on the nose. Quince and vanilla on the tongue, with the lingering lovely round sweetness of caramel. The slightest hint of spiciness and hot smoke.
This mezcal always makes us think of dessert, and would make a fabulous after-dinner digestif with dessert or on its own. Banana foster, creme brûlée, banana pudding … The possibilities are endless.
Tobalá (Agave potatorum)
Tobalá is the Yoda of all agaves. It is small and cute, but fierce and wise.
Tobalá is a small broad-leafed agave that grows best in rocky craggy soil in shady areas at high altitude. It takes about 8-12 years to mature, depending on climate, terroir, and other factors.
Perhaps due to the high altitudes where it flourishes, Tobalá typically yields a highly approachable yet sweet, mellow, floral mezcal with round mouth feel. Tobalá can be cultivated and has been cultivated with some success. Nonetheless, partially due to the long time it takes to mature, most Tobalá mezcals in the market today are prepared from wild agaves.