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Dua Warash, Mezcal, Tosba

Created by cousins Edgar Gonzalez Ramirez & Elisandro Gonzalez Molina, Tosba is unique in Oaxacan mezcal. Hailing from the very far north of the state—among the Sierra Juarez (Sierra Norte) mountains, just south of Veracruz—their name is Zapotec for “only one” because when they set out to create their brand, they were the only active mezcaleros in the area. The cousins created Tosba to bring jobs and industry back to their ghost-town community of San Cristobal Lachirioag, with a focus on environmental and ethical responsibility. They plant significantly more agave than they harvest, and grow predominantly from seed—hundreds of thousands of plants are now in the nursery, with a wide diversity of varietals. They primarily use driftwood to smoke agave and sustainable biomass like peat moss to heat the stills, all in an effort to combat deforestation. Every step of the process, down to labeling and bottling, is done locally and by hand. The goal of the project and brand is to benefit the future generations of the Sierra Norte. As Elisandro explains, in author Granville Greene’s The Mezcal Rush: “I often think of what we’re doing with Tosba as a political statement. My fellow indigenous peoples look great in pictures, but I want my people to have access to the technology, education and financial services that would help them to get ahead. Tosba could not only be used as an economic source to combat poverty and lack of employment, but also to help uphold our strong cultural values, and our traditional respect for the land and community.”

Mezcal Tosba is certified by COMERCAM, the Mexican Council for the regulation of quality Mezcal.  NOM-070-SCFI-1994

Spirit Type:
Agave / Sotol
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Tasting Notes

As rare as agave varieties come, Tosba’s project represents the first commercial bottling of Warash in mezcal history.  “Dua Warash” is a local Zapotec term loosely translating to “local agave” or “agave from here” – named thus by Tosba’s pioneering maestro, Edgar Gonzalez, because the variety is unique to their Sierra Norte mountain home in San Cristobal Lachirioag. The agave grow big blooms with many leaves, similar to Agave Rhodacantha, but on a short stalk or stump, similar to Agave Karwinskii Barril.  Edgar describes his mezcal as “tutti fruity” and this is one of his finest examples, full of rich tropical fruit, deep funk, and creamy texture.

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