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Mal de Amor Tobala

Mal de Amor Tobala is produced in a beautiful palenque that is owned and operated by Armando Hernandez and his brother Alvaro.

About this mezcal

Mal de Amor Tobala is produced by Maestro Mezcalero Armando Hernandez and his brother Alvaro in Santiago Matatlán, Oaxaca. Armando and Alvaro are 3rd generation Maestro Mezcaleros. They grew up making mezcal with their father, learning the techniques handed down from their grandfather. They double distill all their mezcal in 250 liter copper pot stills.

Mal de Amor Mezcal

Mal de Amor Mezcal is a Zapotec-family-owned brand from Santiago Matatlán, Oaxaca. The palenque is just off the main paved road on the outskirts of town, and it features a full restaurant, a robust barrel aging program, and a small bottling and labelling room. The agave used for production at Mal de Amor come from a variety of different lands in Oaxaca which allows for a rich diversity in expressions to include different terroir. Portions of the family owned land is used to maintain the sustainability of agave for future generations.

We visited this palenque a few years ago and wrote about it in our blog post A Tour with Oaxacking: Mezcal Ilegal, Convite, Pulque, and More.

Member rating

2.83 out of 5

3 reviews



421 reviews
Rated 3 out of 5 stars2 years ago

I had a one ounce bottle of this that I forgot about for over a year and I just tried it and it’s tasty!! Definitely get the banana that the other reviewer mentioned. A little nail polish remover on the finish but all in all pretty good!

Zack Klamn

Zack Klamn

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Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars3 years ago

Nose – Pinot Noir wine. Black licorice.

Palate – See the nose but sour red wine. Roobios tea bag. Anise. I love tobala but I’m not picking up any of the usual suspects here.



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Rated 4 out of 5 stars3 years ago

Banana runts all day. Mixed with the smell of wet hay and the taste of kiwi and green tea. Somehow, this holds together to form a different, albeit, pleasant tobala experience. Noice

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