Tobala, 'Ageo Cortés', Mezcalosfera

If you’re a mezcal fan and you’ve been to visit Oaxaca City, there’s a 99.9% chance you’ve made the pilgrimage to Mezcaloteca. One of the first and still one of the most significant and educational mezcalerias in the world, Mezcaloteca’s name reflects their philosophy and method: “mezcal” meets “biblioteca” … it is not so much a bar as it is a library. Don’t expect cocktails and cervesas, don’t expect ice or even music; expect only to taste and to learn.

The goal, ultimately, is to introduce people to the biodiversity, culture and traditions of mezcal. The agave spirits in Mezcaloteca’s library come from all over Mexico. Not all are certified as mezcal by the CRM, perhaps, but they are all within the historic patchwork of mezcal history and culture. Mezcalosfera is the export label from Mezcaloteca, dedicated to sharing traditional mezcales and educating palates and minds outside of Mexico. Every release offers a single tiny batch, often less than 200 liters, and every batch is – like all traditional mezcal – by nature unique.

Spirit Type:
Agave / Sotol / Pox
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Tasting Notes

Ageo Cortés is a fourth generation mezcalero in the small (<200 people) community of Mengoli de Morelos in Miahuatlán. Ageo began releasing his own mezcales at just 17, and has been distilling all his life alongside his father Felipe. In recent years, the two of them have begun achieving increasing notoriety for the quality of their destilados, and this wonderfully rustic example of Tobalá (Agave potatorum), found more widely in northern Oaxaca than in the southern region of Miahuatlán, is among his most spectacular and idiosyncratic efforts.

With a powerful nose of wet stone, old bricks, barnyard hay, lemongrass, cornmeal and maybe a bearskin rug or some sort of hide, These. Aromatics. Are. Wild. The palate embraces this savory character, with notes of jasmine, black pepper and fresh linen, but adds fruit – fresh strawberry and burnt orange peel in particular. Insane and fantastic, but not for the faint of heart.


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