Lalocura Tobala-Tobasiche was originally released in the US as part of Agave Mixtape Vol 2.
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|Destilado de Agave
|Agave Mixtape, Lalocura Mezcal
|Eduardo "Lalo" Angeles
|Santa Catarina Minas
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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?”
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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