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Gracias a Dios Tobala

Gracias a Dios Tobala is made with 15-year old Tobalá that is distilled two times. It is vegetal and funky, with rubber notes of smoke and peat.

Rating: (7 reviews)
Brand:Gracias a Dios Mezcal
NOM:NOM-O223X
Mezcalero:Oscar Hernandez
Maguey:Tobala
Agave:Potatorum
Distillation:Copper
Style:Joven
State:Oaxaca
Town:Santiago Matatlan
ABV: 45%
Age of plant: 13 years
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About this mezcal

Gracias a Dios Tobala is made with 15-year old Tobalá that is distilled two times. It is vegetal and funky, with rubber notes of smoke and peat; deep and long, nuanced, engaging; smoke rising in strength. It is balanced and complex on the palate, with integration of discreet fruit and spice, and a hint of lime skinlate. It has a vegetal/herbal at fade, with good agave tones and profile; long finish, spicy and deep, minty and slightly tropical.

Gracias a Dios Mezcal

The team behind Gracias a Dios Mezcal opened a mezcalería in Querétaro, México in 2010. After two years of touring around Mexico in search of mezcal, they met mezcalero Oscar Hernández and were impressed by his mezcal. They decided to create a brand with Oscar and make him an equal partner. Oscar learned how to distill from his mother whose nickname is "La Jefa".

Aside from a few special releases, Gracias a Dios is made in Santiago Matatlan, Oaxaca. It is 100% artisanal, handmade with piñas from Espadín agave and other varieties, ground and fermented in their own palenque in Santiago Matatlán, and distilled in copper by maestro mezcalero Oscar Hernández Santiago. Their Karwinskii agaves are shredded mechanically, due to the toughness of their fibers, and then tahona-crushed afterwards. All other agave used at this palenque are crushed by horse-drawn tahona only.

7 reviews

3.43 out of 5


Zack Klamn

Zack Klamn

292 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars2 months ago

Nose – A smoky, orange Pina Colada (if there is such a delicious drink).

Palate – Orange sorbet. Lightly smoked sweet cream. Then a right angle turn in the middle – the sweet cream doesn’t so much sour but becomes quite funky (like a fine aged white cheddar) and a tad burnt – which extend to the finish and aftertaste. The flavors on this are incredibly unique (but not complex) to my palate, really good stuff!

Jonathan Lockwood

Jonathan Lockwood

6 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars2 months ago

Just enjoyed this yesterday at 21 Unica, a cantina here in San Miguel de Allende. I could have given it 4 stars because I’m indeed impressed. But the truth is I’ve become accustomed to direct-from-the-producer mezcal, which tends to be much more inspiring and delicious. So if I’m comparing this to the stuff I usually get, it’s 3 stars. But if we’re comparing it to most somewhat more mass produced mezcal, I think it deserves 4 stars. At 45% it just qualifies as artesanal in my view, but it’s still surprisingly soft for a 45 I think. I don’t necessarily consider “soft” to be among my favorite mezcal traits, but I know many do. Very nice flavor. It looks like a bottle is only about 1145 pesos here (only about $57 USD.) Of course I had to shell out 240 pesos ($12) for a shot, but hey…I want to do my part to keep local establishments going–especially those that offer decent mezcal. This is one.

Just enjoyed this yesterday at 21 Unica, a cantina here in San Miguel de Allende. I could have given it 4 stars because I’m indeed impressed. But the truth is I’ve become accustomed to direct-from-the-producer mezcal, which tends to be much more inspiring and delicious. So if I’m comparing this to the stuff I usually get, it’s 3 stars. But if we’re comparing it to most somewhat more mass produced mezcal, I think it deserves 4 stars. At 45% it just qualifies as artes

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t8ke

t8ke

144 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars1 year ago

This is the Mezcal I could drink all the time, no matter the occasion. I’d be happy to haul this with me to a desert island and drink only it. It’s excellent, though I’m aware it’s one of the less favored GaD’s historically. I’ll take the surplus, please.

JessicaFey

JessicaFey

2 reviews
Rated 3 out of 5 stars2 years ago

Sweet and vegetal on the nose. Tastes hotter than it is but creamy. Immediate sweet on the tongue. Also vegetal in taste but I didn’t get much funk. Slight citrus notes.

Rakhal

Rakhal

317 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars2 years ago

Lot 275. Creamy and hot. Pineapples and fresh orange blossoms. Pleasant mezcal lacking complexity. Great price!

Tyler

Tyler

503 reviews
Rated 3 out of 5 stars5 years ago

Gracias a Dios makes an okay tobalá. It’s perfumed on the nose. Velvet mouth feel. Mineral, fruity, and ash with a slightly metallic yet smooth finish. This is one of the cheapest tobalas you will find in the States. Unfortunately, a really good tobala will cost at least $100 so if you’re looking to save money this is a decent option. My bottles does not appear to have a batch number.

Jonny

Jonny

533 reviews
Rated 3 out of 5 stars5 years ago

This mezcal is sweet on the nose with strong perfume notes. The taste is vegetal with similar floral notes and slight hints of orange of citrus. This Tobala is at a very low price point. I purchased my bottle for less than half of what I’ve paid for other mezcal made with agave Tobala, making this mezcal a steal!

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