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Agua del Sol Tobasiche tasting notes

Details

  • Location: San Balthazar Chichicapam, Oaxaca
  • Agave: Tobasiche / A. karwinskii
  • Maestra Mezcalera: Berta Vasquez
  • Batch: IV/19
  • Quantity: 300 liters
  • Vintage: April 2019
  • ABV: 46%
  • Tasting keywords: Mesquite, roasted agave.
  • NOM: NA
  • But it now!

Nose

Elegant balance of roasted agave.

Taste

Thick and inky, instantly takes you down a few levels of consciousness diving through some mean roasted mesquite balanced against a mainline body of sweet roasted agave.

Method / Background Notes

Berta Vasquez is justifiably known far and wide as one of the best mezcal makers out there. The fact that she’s a woman working in a man’s world – and if you think gender disparities are bad in general, the mezcal world is another thing entirely – and has managed to make a name for herself says quite a bit. Mezcalistas recently did a fascinating video tour with Berta and Felix Hernández Monterrosa which provides great background on this expression and the entire Agua del Sol project.

I’m really happy to see that this is a tobasiche because it’s an agave that isn’t the easiest to work with and reveals the maker’s hand. Lalocura’s Eduardo “Lalo” Angeles produces one that it is equally unique as Celso Garcia Cruz so this expression from Berta Vasquez is fantastic in its own right and as an entry into one of the many fantasy horizontal tastings that we can indulge in while wiling away quarantine. She brings out an elemental contrast between the roast and the sugars in this very woody agave.

This tobasiche was roasted underground, then crushed with a tahona, fermented in sabino tinas, twice distilled in copper alembics, before being adjusted with distilled well water.

Max co-founded Mezcalistas with Susan way back in 2012. Before that he was a journalist at Salon.com and The San Francisco Chronicle.

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