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Mezcal Tosba Warash Tasting Notes

Details

  • Location: San Cristobal Lachirioag, Oaxaca 
  • Agave: Warash 
  • Maestro: Edgar Gonzales
  • Abv: 50.65%
  • Tasting keywords: lime, fire roasted, spicy
  • NOM: 0164X
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Nose

High toned aromas of finger limes, fire roasted tomatoes, and red chilies are bright, wild, and enticing. 

Taste

Robust in flavor with limey acidity, spicy red chiles, and meaty smoke, it calls to mind a well balanced taco. The dimensions of flavor continue to expand in the mouth with smoked meats, blood orange, and spice that lingers on the tongue while going down smooth in the throat. A delight. 

Method/Background 

The name of this rare agave roughly translates to ‘agave from here’ and is thought to belong to the classification of A. Rhodacantha, however it remains officially unclassified. Tosba is the only known producer of Warash. Agaves are cooked in an in-ground pit using river rocks and driftwood. Agaves are crushed using a tahona and open air fermented with local spring water and wild yeasts in wooden tanks. After fermentation it is double distilled in small 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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