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Neta Tobaziche tasting notes


  • Location: Miahuatlán, Oaxaca
  • Agave: Tobaziche (A. karwinskii)
  • Maestro Mezcalero: Celso Garcia Cruz
  • Quantity: 40 liters
  • Vintage: May 2018
  • ABV: 47.2%
  • Tasting Keywords: Bittersweet chocolate, horchata.
  • NOM: Uncertified
  • Buy it today: SOLD OUT!


It’s like walking through a pine grove with a cup of Oaxacan hot chocolate.


A pine herbaceousness runs through it all but other herbs slink in, there are notes of epazote, sage, and even a bit of sweet horchata in there. The tail has that distinctly tobaziche bitterness, a touch of sorrel.


This is about as small as you can get with just 44 liters produced total and 40 of them imported to the US. I don’t know if there has ever been a label devoted to a production this small but Celso Garcia Cruz has made something so unique that tasting it will transform your understanding of what a mezcal can be.

Unfortunately this bottle sold out almost as soon as it hit the market so if you see it on a bar shelf or, more likely, someone’s home bar, demand a sample.

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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