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Lalocura Tobala-Tobasiche

Lalocura Tobala-Tobasiche was originally released in the US as part of Agave Mixtape Vol 2.

Rating: (5 reviews)
Category:Destilado de Agave
Brand:Agave Mixtape, Lalocura Mezcal
Mezcalero:Eduardo "Lalo" Angeles
Maguey:Tobala, Tobaziche
Agave:Karwinskii, Potatorum
Grind:Hand
Distillation:Clay Pot
Style:Ensamble
State:Oaxaca
Town:Santa Catarina Minas
ABV: 47.54%
Release year: 2020
Website: https://www.mezcallalocura.com/
About this destilado de agave

Lalocura Tobala-Tobasiche was originally released in the US as part of Agave Mixtape Vol 2. This Agave Mixtape batch is 60% Tobala and 40% Tobasiche. Per Agave Mixtape:

This batch from March of 2020 is only the third time Lalo has made a mezcla of tobalá-tobasiche. As he explained it, in the past, people in Minas never mixed tobalá with other magueyes. Not only was it relatively rare compared with the other local varieties, but tobalá mezcal was particularly prized for its medicinal properties.

Three years ago, Lalo and his team accidentally harvested a bit too much tobalá – more than they needed to fill the oven they were planning to cook. Rather than making a second, smaller batch of tobalá, he decided it would be interesting to to cook it with some tobasiche. The result was his new favorite mezcla.

“By my way of thinking” Lalo said, “ I don’t like to make mezclas with more than 3 types of maguey. More than that, and it’s hard to appreciate all of the distinct flavors and sensations of each plant. The aromas and flavors don’t represent the magueyes that are on the bottle’s label.”

When it comes to this specific batch, Lalo says, the two agaves combine in a very special way, “you get the creaminess of the tobalá, and the dryness of the tobasiche. Let it sit in the glass for 10 or 15 minutes, and the smells are so interesting. You take a sip, and both of the magueyes are there. This year, we made it 60/40 tobalá/tobasiche, but in the past and the future, the proportions will be different.

“It was an accident, but that’s everything in life, no?”

Agave Mixtape

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Lalocura Mezcal

Before starting Lalocura in 2014, Eduardo "Lalo" Ángeles spent years working as the fourth generation master mezcalero of his family’s brand Real Minero, where he combined a lifetime of working under his father, the late, great Don Lorenzo with a collegiate degree in agricultural engineering. Many Real Minero bottles from several years ago actually have Eduardo listed alongside his father as the master distiller. Lalocura's clay pot distilled mezcals have built a steady cult following over the last few years. People from around the world show up at the palenque in Santa Catarina Minas each day hoping to spend time listening to Lalo tell stories while they taste the 20+ expressions he has resting in glass at any given time. If you like clay pot distilled mezcal and you like Real Minero, it's highly recommended that you find some Lalocura.

Read about our visit to Lalocura in the blog post A Tour with Oaxacking: Mezcal Lalocura

5 reviews

4.2 out of 5


El-Dawg

El-Dawg

60 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars3 days ago

Clay funk! Wet leather on smell that carries throughout the taste. Earthy with pleasant greenness at the end. Not as sweet as I’d expect from 60% tobala, and overall this one doesn’t seem to be for me. Agave Mixtape Vol 2.

Zack Klamn

Zack Klamn

15 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars3 days ago

Lot: Tobala-Tobasiche 2020. Bottle: 03-72

Nose: Wet stone. Lightly sweet and somewhat funky creaminess. Inviting and distance campfire smoke.

Taste: Creamy and some funky cheese notes. Great licorice bite and a gentle wave of sweetness. Earthy, limestone finish. All this works exceptionally together – very well-balanced.

GreenspointTexas

GreenspointTexas

214 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars1 week ago

Even though this is 60% tobala, I get more of the tobaziche, to be honest. Stone fruit and rock candy.. classic karwinskii for me. Didnt blow my socks off, but another fine mezcal from Lalo

Rakhal

Rakhal

201 reviews
Rated 5 out of 5 stars2 weeks ago

One of my all time favorites from Lalo. It gives the impression of great complexity but is so well balanced that it is difficult to separate individual tasting notes. I taste tarragon, anise , incense, and sandalwood, but beyond that I just taste this deep rich amazing savory singular creation. A work of art.

Tyler

Tyler

418 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars2 weeks ago

Pretty awesome. Like the notes say, the Tobala (Oregón – shade grown) provides a nice backdrop for the dry Karwinskii. The flavors are rustic – dehydrated fruit, raw green beans, oak, and green apple skins. This is a bit dark and brooding. Lalo makes quality spirits. My rating might go up after letting this open up and trying it again later. 47.54% ABV from Agave Mixtape Vol 2.

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