Erstwhile Tepeztate-Tobalá Ensamble Mezcal in Santiago Matatlán, Oaxaca. This 50/50 ensamble is Tepeztate forward with notes of pear, peppercorn and minerals balanced by soft caramel notes of the Tobalá.
|Rating:||(4 reviews) - Write a review|
|Mezcalero:||Juan Hernández Méndez|
|Batch size:||585 liters (December 2017)|
|Website:||https://www.erstwhilemezcal.com/, opens in new window|
About this mezcal
Erstwhile Tepeztate-Tobalá Ensamble Mezcal is produced by Juan Hernández Méndez in Santiago Matatlán, Oaxaca using 50% maguey Tepeztate (agave Marmorata) and 50% maguey Tobalá (agave Potatorum). This mezcal was naturally fermented in open-air wooden vats and distilled in copper alembic pots. This ensamble is Tepeztate forward with notes of pear, peppercorn and minerals balanced by soft caramel notes of the Tobalá.
Erstwhile Mezcal is a Brooklyn-based mezcal brand specializing in small-batch artisanal and ancestral mezcal. It was founded in 2017 by Yuan Ji (lawyer-turned-empresaria) and Kevin J. Brown (antiquarian map expert and Owner of Geographicus Rare Antique Maps). Their mission is to discover, curate, and connect both connoisseurs and novices with small-batch mezcal of the highest caliber. The team behind Erstwhile Mezcal is committed to mezcal education, transparency, sustainability and fair trade. Erstwhile Mezcal is a woman-owned business that supports fellow women in mezcal production. The first batches of Erstwhile Mezcal arrived in New York and California in the fall of 2018.
In the US, Erstwhile Mezcal can be purchased directly from their online store.
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Agaves Tepeztate and Tobala always make an interesting ensamble. I can’t help but compare this to Mezcalero #13 which is the same (perhaps different ratios though). There are notes of raisins, sugar cane, and cinnamon. The agave Tepeztate is prominent but not aggressive. Overall this mezcal is a bit light on the palate and the ABV of 44% reflects that as well.
Delightful. $110. Wish we had distro in Texas
I love the style and artistry of the bottles and logo! This mezcal has a delicious aroma with a smooth, smoky flavor. Delightful!!!!