Erstwhile Tobalá Mezcal

Crafted with tobalá agaves, this is a mellower, sweeter, and floral mezcal that hails from Santiago Matatlán, Oaxaca. Produced traditionally and in small batches, it's an approachable spirit that works wonders as a digestif or with various desserts.
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Erstwhile Mezcal is an importer from Brooklyn, New York, specializing in artisanal mezcal. Founded in 2017 by Yuan Ji and Kevin J. Brown, they are laser-focused on helping smaller, family-operated mezcal producers reach the US. This involves education, curation, and extensive research — all in order to bring the best traditional small-batch mezcal to the consumer, while enabling the producers to expand.

They never meddle with the mezcaleros' production process and always pay them fairly, only stepping in when and where their help is needed. This includes fronting legal fees, finding a suitable bottling facility, and any similar hurdles which are overcome at the beginning of every partnership they make. Transparency plays a huge role in the way they operate, always stating where the mezcal is sourced from and actively communicating with the mezcal-loving community.

Their very first release was the Erstwhile Mezcal Espadín from Rancho Blanco Güilá. While the founders were scouring the Oaxaca countryside for a flagship Espadín Mezcal, they came upon master mezcalero Silverio García Luis. They immediately knew they'd found what they were looking for. Complex, elegant, balanced, as well as versatile and good value, it was the perfect fit for their first shipment from Mexico. Since then they have been partnering with some of the finest traditional mezcal producers.

Erstwhile describes tobalá as "the Yoda of all agaves". The smaller plant has broad leaves and takes between 8 and 12 years to mature and creates a sweet, mellow, and floral mezcal. Erstwhile Tobalá Mezcal is crafted in Santiago Matatlán, Oaxaca by Juan Hernández Méndez & Hortensia Hernández Martínez. The agaves ferment naturally in open wooden vats, before being distilled in a copper alembic still. Bottled at 88 proof, it's a traditional, delicious, and approachable take on the popular Mexican spirit.

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Proof 88 (44% ABV)
Distiller/Bottler Name Juan Hernández Méndez & Hortensia Hernández Martínez
Size 750mL
The profile is sweet and floral with plenty of tropical fruit notes. There's banana, cooked maguey, and adobo on the nose. Quince and vanilla enter the fray on the palate along with a sweetness that has caramel undertones. A dash of spice and some smoke round it all up.
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