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Erstwhile Tepeztate-Tobalá

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)
Brand:Erstwhile Mezcal
Mezcalero:Juan Hernández Méndez
Maguey:Tepeztate, Tobala
Agave:Marmorata, Potatorum
Town:Santiago Matatlán
ABV: 44%
Batch size: 585 liters (December 2017)
Release year: 2018
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

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.

Member rating

4.25 out of 5

4 reviews



3 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars1 year ago

Produccion: 2017
Botella: 106/780
Lot: 18-JHM-ENS



647 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars5 years ago

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.



385 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars5 years ago

Delightful. $110. Wish we had distro in Texas



2 reviews
Rated 5 out of 5 stars5 years ago

I love the style and artistry of the bottles and logo! This mezcal has a delicious aroma with a smooth, smoky flavor. Delightful!!!!

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