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The Lost Explorer Tobalá Tasting Notes


  • Location: San Pablo Huixtepec, Oaxaca
  • Agave: Tobalá / A. potatorum
  • Maestro Mezcalero: Don Fortino Ramos
  • ABV: 42%
  • Tasting keywords: Smoked jalapeño, cherry liquor
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A whiff of wet granite and caramelized sugar on creme brulee.


A very light mouth feel with rich flavors of smoked jalapeño and cherry liquor.

Method / Background Notes

The Lost Explorer’s Tobalá was made with ten year old agave which were roasted underground in a conical oven for three days then rested uncovered for 2-3 days. Open fermentation in oak tanks, twice distilled in a copper alembic. All three labels currently available in The Lost Explorer family share light bodies and bright flavors which reveal the continuity of Don Fortino Ramos’ hand in all of them.

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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