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Pal’alma Tobaxiche Tasting Notes


  • Location: Oaxaca 
  • Agave: Tobaxiche  / A. karwinskii
  • Maestro: Apolonio y Simeón Ramírez
  • Abv: 56%
  • Tasting keywords: caramel, coffee, sweet tobacco


Cozy aromas of toasted coffee beans and fried sweet plantain are enticing. The aromas promise concentrated flavors full of piloncillo and dried tropical fruits. 


The flavors are immediately sweet and rich, with impressive concentration. Dried sweet fruits like figs and dates mix with cocoa powder and caramel before developing into toasty coffee, chocolate and earthy roasted tobacco. Pair this with dessert, cheese plates, or cigars. 


Made from 100% Tobaxiche, by Apolonio y Simeón Ramírez, this mezcal features a unique distillation method called refrescadora. Different from the typical double distillation, this method uses a series of plates that functions like a column still, requiring only one distillation. One of the characteristics of this style of distillation is a unique concentration of aromas and flavors; I like to think of it like Cognac vs Armagnac, this being like the latter.

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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