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La Medida Tobala


  • Location: San Baltazar Guelavila, Oaxaca 
  • Agave: Tobala 
  • Maestro: Don Panfilo Hernandez
  • Abv: 47%
  • Tasting keywords: creamy, earthy, tropical 
  • NOM: 0209X


Aromas of pastry cream are flecked with vanilla and citrus zest. While sweet in character, there is palpable earthiness underneath, along with subtle smoke. 


Opulent, focused, and clean flavors echo the creamy aromas with more tropical fruits like custard apple and soursop. If emeralds had a flavor, this is what they would taste like. The texture is rich and silky, matching bold flavors. Juicy acidity keeps the mouth watering and waiting for another sip. 


Made from high elevation grown Tobala between 9-11 years old, this mezcal is crafted in the traditional artisanal method. Cooking takes place in an in-ground oven with river rocks before being milked with a stone tahona, followed by fermentation in wooden tanks, and finally double distillation in copper pot stills.

Tess Rose Lampert is a wine and spirits educator with a focus on mezcal. She is a frequent contributor to Mezcalistas and has developed programming for Mexico in a Bottle and Spirited Conversations. She has an Advanced Degree from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust, Spanish Wine Educator Certificate, an MA from the University of East Anglia, UK, in Philosophy of Food and Drink and a BA from Bard College in NY.

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