Los Nahuales “Still Proof” Tobala is made using wild maguey Tobala harvested in the mountains above San Juan del Rio, Oaxaca.
Los Nahuales “Still Proof” Tobala
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|Brand:||Los Nahuales Mezcal|
|Mezcalero:||Karina Abad Rojas|
|Batch size:||244 bottles|
|Website:||https://craftdistillers.com/products/los-nahuales/, opens in new window|
About this mezcal
An earlier bottling was released in Mexico in 2017 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the first distillation of Los Danzantes mezcal at a tiny refurbished distillery in Santiago Matatlan, Oaxaca. Craft Distillers (the US importer of Los Nahuales, Alipus, and Mezcalero) liked the concept so much that they asked for a special edition for the US market. This “still proof” mezcal was bottled without being diluted (or adjusted), just as it came from the potstill at 53% ABV. It was produced from 100% wild maguey Tobalá (agave Potatorum) collected in the mountains above San Juan del Rio in light clay and stony loam soils. Due to the very small size of maguey Tobala it takes hundreds of plants, packed out on mules, to produce a batch.
Bottle image: Los Danzantes 20th Anniversary release only available in Mexico
Los Nahuales Mezcal
Los Nahuales mezcal is distilled at the Déstileria Los Danzantes in Santiago Matatlan, the world capital of mezcal, south of Oaxaca city. The mezcals are branded as Los Nahuales in the USA due to trademark issues. Though the mezcaleros behind this mezcal have been making it for generations, the Los Danzantes brand has been around since 1997.
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Drank after Ojo de Tigre. More floral, minty, acidic, lavender. Jack fruit, cinnamon, dates, coconut blossom. Ethanol.
Hot, thinner than I thought. Drinking like 58%, with some Easy Marker. Less fruit flavor, more chalk.
5/10 on the t8ke scale. Maybe it’ll relax with air, hence the 5 instead of a 4. I really want to like this brand, the mezcalero is very capable!
This first review is a bit harsh (pun intended). While I’m not blown away (no pun intended), this mezcal is decent. Agave Tobala mezcals rarely excite me and this is no different. It has some fruity plum and agave sugar flavors with a bit of peppercorn. Maybe it has mellowed a bit but there is still a bit of a dry bite on the finish. Batch T-016. Bottle 72/240. My favorite from this mezcalera is probably Los Nahuales Special Edition #3.
Lot T-016 136/240. The other review of this one really surprises me! It must’ve really mellowed out over time! This was smooth, with no alcohol burn whatsoever. Fruity and floral like banana pudding in a flower market. A nice long allspice finish. A really good expression of Tobala.
Batch T-016. Bottle 72/240. 53%. My first taste of this had lots of ethanol on the nose. The palate was Super hot and boozy. The second time I tasted this was different. Not as hot as I remember. Maybe a little more time on the shelf has helped this one. It has strong citrus notes.