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Fuego y Humo Tobala

Fuego y Humo Tobala is produced by Jose Manuel Mendez in San Dionisio Ocotepec, Oaxaca.

Rating: (3 reviews)
Brand:Fuego y Humo Mezcal
Mezcalero:Jose Manuel Mendez
Town:San Dionisio Ocotepec
ABV: 47%
Website: https://fuegoyhumo.com/, opens in new window

About this mezcal

Fuego y Humo Tobala is produced by Jose Manuel Mendez in San Dionisio Ocotepec, Oaxaca. Since the tobalà agaves are wild, José drives for hours into remote areas of Oaxaca for harvesting. He then hikes further into the hills to find the mature agaves at peak readiness. The agaves are cooked in an underground pit oven, milled by tahona, fermented in pine wood tanks with open air yeasts, and double distilled in a copper still. Tasting notes from the brand: Sweet cream frosting throughout the smell and taste. Notes of vanilla, cinnamon and white chocolate on the palate. A woody finish.

Fuego y Humo Mezcal

Fuego y Humo Mezcal is produced by 3rd generation maestro mezcalero Jose Manuel Mendez in San Dionisio Ocotepec, Oaxaca. José’s father, and both sets of grandfathers, were mezcaleros. From these generations, the trades and tricks of mezcal production have been passed down and not much of the actual process has changed. José still proudly produces mezcal the way his father taught him and his father before that. His father (Manuel) still helps José from time to time, although he is officially “retired”.

Through this familial lineage, he was taught all aspects of becoming a mezcalero which focus on the artisanal practices and methods.

Member rating

4 out of 5

3 reviews



422 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars7 months ago

JMM-TOB-1. Soft and luscious mouthfeel. Coconut cream, banana pudding, cherimoya, khanom krok, cinnamon, and vanilla milkshake. Very tasty.

Zack Klamn

Zack Klamn

542 reviews
Rated 5 out of 5 stars8 months ago

Nose – Red Vines licorice. Slight white wine aroma.

Palate: – Creamy! This is by far the predominant note but with really nice vanilla & white chocolate sweetness and oaky embers weaved in. Long woody finish, on the dry side.

I visited Jose’s palenque a few years ago and this expression really brings me back. He has such a distinct style to his mezcales. Love this one!



713 reviews
Rated 3 out of 5 stars11 months ago

Chalky minerals on the nose with notes of flint and slate. Also some sweeter aromas of vanilla and candied orange. The palate is very sweet and a little burnt, with notes of white chocolate, cloves, all spice, cinnamon, stewed apple sauce, carnations, hibiscus, and burning mesquite. The fruitiness of this is a nice balance with the dried spice and charred elements of this. No batch number on sample dram.

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