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Maguey Melate Tobala – Abel Quiroz

Maguey Melate Tobala from Abel Quiroz is the first wild agave from this maestro mezcalero to be released outside of Mexico.

Rating: (3 reviews)
Category:Destilado de Agave
Brand:Maguey Melate
Mezcalero:Abel Quiroz
Agave / Maguey:Tobala
Town:Sola de Vega
Age of plant:6 years
Release year:2020
About this destilado de agave

Maguey Melate Tobala from Abel Quiroz was originally released as the September 2020 Mezcalero of the Month Club agave spirit. The maguey Tobala (agave Potatorum) used in this mezcal are wild, having a relatively large size and short maturity time in the climate of Sola de Vega. The majority of the Tobala in this initial batch were capon, meaning that the quiote was cut off, allowing the sugars to concentrate in the agave piña before it was harvested. For this batch, the agaves were left to sit for over a year before being harvested.

Maguey Melate

Maguey Melate was founded on two ideas: 1) Artisanal agave spirits are amazing and should be shared with the world, and 2) The faster-cheaper economy is a harmful force for people, the environment, and now agave spirits.

They believe if mezcal (and agave spirits) can be understood and appreciated at its full potential, people will show their preference for quality artisanal mezcal that is sustainably and fairly sourced. By raising consumer consciousness on the origins of mezcal and educating enthusiasts on matters of quality and character, informed people will be empowered to ensure the future of mezcal. To do this, they're reaching a large audience with an impactful message: KEEP MEZCAL ARTISANAL!

Maguey Melate is perhaps most well-known for their Mezcalero of the Month Club, which delivers artisanal small-batch agave spirits directly to the doors of consumers in the US and Mexico. In addition to the monthly spirits, they offer exclusive content and interviews with producers. Single releases are also available in the Maguey Melate shop.

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2 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars4 days ago

Spice, cinnamon, vegetal, leather/wood on palate. Tar on the finish, but sweat and not unpleasant. Not the smoothest Tobala I’ve had, but interesting complexity.



186 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars5 days ago

Cant help but break this open early. One of the better Tobala’s ive had. Double Bubble, saddle blanket, thyme and peaches. Well integrated, smooth as silk.



14 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars6 days ago

Nose is full of wood, pepper, cinnamon Altoids, baking spice, wildflower honey, and roasted agave. There’s a hint of tire rubber as well, somewhat similar to some Cenizos I’ve had.

Loads more cinnamon and baking spice on the palate, with notes of leather and tobacco as well. As it oxidizes, there’s some almond nougat flavors that come out as well, but this is definitely spicy first and foremost.

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