Mezcal Ancestral Tobala, Macurichos
Led by the young and brilliant maestro mezcalero Gonzalo Martinez, Mezcal Macurichos is dedicated to the protection of both the cultural tradition and the agricultural heritage of agave within the iconic mezcal production community of Santiago Matatlán.
With a strong focus on community, the family employs numerous neighbors and is one of only a handful of distillers in the area who still produce using Ancestral methods, including clay pot stills. Gonzalo and his brothers cultivate their own diverse fields of agave—planting from seed and reforesting the diminishing wild agave populations—and use exclusively organic farming practices with love and respect.
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Tobala is among the smallest agave used to produce mezcal, sometimes demanding up to three harvested plants to make one liter of alcohol. For this expression, the plants were cooked in earthen ovens, milled using a traditional, stone tahona mill, fermented in wooden vats, and distilled using a traditional, clay pot still.
Fruit and umami meet on the nose, with distinct aromas of strawberry, sesame seed, candied orange, and the vaguest hint of a Cajun crab boil. The initial palate bursts with dry soil, thyme, coriander, and a touch of rosemary—an herbal explosion! Fennel seed and lemon zest swoop in to mellow the midpalate, and traces of fresh leather, pineapple skin ,and candied strawberry make subtle appearances as the finish slides back into the dusty ground. This is as earthy and rugged as Tobala comes. 48% ABV