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Lalocura Tobasiche-Espadin

Lalocura Tobasiche-Espadin is made by maestro mezcalero Eduardo "Lalo" Angeles, the son of the late, great Don Lorenzo of Real Minero.

About this mezcal

Lalocura Tobasiche-Espadin is an ensamble of maguey Tobasiche (agave Karwinskii) and Espadin (agave Angustifoloia Haw). This mezcal is made in the small town of Santa Catarina Minas, Oaxaca, which is home to some of the most well-renowned clay-pot distillers in all of Mexico. The agave used in this mezcal are cooked with encino wood in an underground pit oven, mashed by hand with mallets, fermented in cypress tanks using only natural airborne yeasts, and double distilled in small clay pots.

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

Member rating

4.28 out of 5

9 reviews

Ben P

Ben P

114 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars9 months ago

This is for the batched distilled in 2017, bottled at 49% ABV.

Nose: Super fresh, slightly spearmint, minerals, green peppers, lemongrass, holiday spices, spa scents

Palate & Finish: honey, mayan or honeydew, papaya, dried chili mango, the karwinskii shows up in brown sugar sweet potatoes, Mildy spicy jalapeños with cinnamon. Finish is pepper, a bit of soil, clay comes in at the finish, a bit of coco and coffee, but the melon still sits there a bit, lemongrass, honeysuckle, lighter on the finish than many clays I’ve had so far

Damn, I enjoy this. Lalo seems to bring out the best qualities of both the Espadin and Tobasiche, putting them together beautifully.

This is for the batched distilled in 2017, bottled at 49% ABV.
Nose: Super fresh, slightly spearmint, minerals, green peppers, lemongrass, holiday spices, spa scents
Palate & Finish: honey, mayan or honeydew, papaya, dried chili mango, the karwinskii shows up in brown sugar sweet potatoes, Mildy spicy jalapeños with cinnamon. Finish is pepper, a bit of soil, clay comes in at the finish, a bit of coco and coffee, but the melon still sits there a bit, lemongrass, honeysuckle, lighter on the f

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Zack Klamn

Zack Klamn

542 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars3 years ago

Lot: L-Mezcla02 Bottle: 678/1168 (2017)
Nose – Raisinets. Clay.

Palate – Beauty! Easy going heat, sips dangerously for 49% ABV. The sweetness reminds me of when my mom would bake a dessert and there would be whipped chocolate cake batter and melted butter left and I’d get to lick the spoon. Notes of clay, Hot Tamales (spicy cinnamon) and dry oak in the finish. Incredible sipper, love this!

aarild

aarild

153 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars3 years ago

Strong whiff of light, untreated leather of some kind, with slate and grass, antiquity store and raisin. Brazil nuts! Caramelised Brazil nuts indeed, with figs and plums. And some of that espadin butterscotch blending extremely well with the woody tobaziche/karwinskii character of this ensamble. Lovely spicy aftertaste, like Christmas spices spiked with mild habanero (I suppose Americans call it baking spices).Near perfection.

JDB

JDB

167 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars3 years ago

So well balanced. I love the herbaceous elements from the Tobasiche, a bit of eucalyptus on the nose. A light mezcal with slight sweetness, and faint smoke. I usually prefer a heaver flavor profile and mouthfeel, but I really like this blend and how it works together.

Rorschach

Rorschach

43 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars4 years ago

Purchased at his palenque in Santa Catarina Minas. My bottle from Lalo is labeled “Mezcla” and he was adamant in calling an ensamble Mezcla, so not sure what gives.
Espadin/TObasiche that was distilled in August 2019, 48.8% abv.
Since Tobasiche is just about my favorite, I would rather sip it just by itself. The blend of this didn’t seem to compliment each other as well as just keeping them separate. Lalo’s Tobasiche is fantastic.

Tyler

Tyler

647 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars6 years ago

Whoa! Almost a 5 star mezcal. Bursting with candy flavors and soft clay. It is earthy, balanced, along with buttery brown sugar. It has this fresh essence to it. Really great mezcal.. can’t wait to try more from Lalo!

Squashplayer

Squashplayer

36 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars6 years ago

Sweet, like bubble gum initially. Berries and pears on the palate. Finishes out with a hint of leather which I think is the clay distillation coming through. Enjoyed this a lot!

Jonny

Jonny

708 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars6 years ago

Smells fresh and full of berries. Sweet blueberries, strawberries, and red raspberries. The palate is full but not chaotic. There’s some clay flavors but this is mostly full of berries, wild apples, and unripe bananas. This is incredibly rich and candy-like with so much fullness in the body.

COak

COak

229 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars6 years ago

Tastes of fresh berries. Clay lovers will appreciate this.

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