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Rezpiral Tobala / Tepeztate – Berta Vasquez

Rezpiral Tobala / Tepeztate from Berta Vasquez is produced by famed maestra mezcalera Berta Vasquez in San Baltazar Chichicapam, Oaxaca.

Rating: (2 reviews)
Brand:Rezpiral
Mezcalero:Berta Vasquez
Maguey:Tepeztate, Tobala
Agave:Marmorata, Potatorum
Grind:Tahona
Distillation:Copper
Style:Ensamble
State:Oaxaca
Town:San Baltazar Chichicapam
ABV: 46.5%
Age of plant: 7-24 years
Batch size: Series 5: 150 liters
Website: https://rezpiral.com/, opens in new window
About this mezcal

Rezpiral Tobala / Tepeztate from Berta Vasquez is produced by famed maestra mezcalera Berta Vasquez in San Baltazar Chichicapam, Oaxaca. This release was first introduced in Series 5 by Rezpiral.

2020, series #5, first release: seventeen complex artisanal small batch agave spirits. From Berta Vasquez of San Baltazar Chichicapam, 45 liters of Mexicano from a 150 liter batch, Tepextate, Espadin, Tobala/Tepextate ensamble (2/3 & 1/3), Cuish and a Cuish/Tobala/Tepextate ensamble. From Aureliano Hernandez of San Baltazar Guelevila a 130 liter batch of Pechuga de Café, a 400 liter batch of Arroqueño and 200 liter batch of Coyote. From Abel Martinez of Santo Domingo Albarradas, a 180 liter batch of Jabali/Mexicano, a 2019 180 liter batch of Tobala. From Simeon Ramirez of San Agustin Amatengo a 100 liter batch of Espadin & Piñuela, a 40 liter batch of Piñuela, a 100 liter batch of Mexicano & Tepeztate. From Reina Sanchez of San Luis Amatlan, a 200 liter 2018 batch of Tepextate, and Madrecuish. From Ignacio Antonio of San Vicente Coatlan, a 120 liter batch of Espadin.

Rezpiral

Rezpiral brings selections of high-quality traditional small-batch (non-certified) Mezcals into a handful of places in the USA. At the core of the project is the embrace of an ethos that aims to respect and support the multi-generational knowledge, independence, flavors, lands, and ways of each mezcalero family.

Rezpiral’s small scale allows for the advocacy of diversity on different levels, from supporting the autonomy of producers & their continued production of artisanal mezcals to the preservation of local land control. Rezpiral actively supports master artisan’s proactive planting and management of agave; recollecting and incubating seeds, transplanting and farming diverse species of endemic agave in sustainable ways. Rezpiral directs 10% of earnings back into supporting artisans farming.

Rezpiral has a regional greenhouse to support independent small scale mezcaleros in cultivating and reforesting their lands with local endangered wild agave varietals. They also are highly focused on a cultural and conservation residency program.

2 reviews

3.25 out of 5


Tyler

Tyler

470 reviews
Rated 3 out of 5 stars3 months ago

This is tasting better than the first time I tried it, but it’s still quite smoky. I sipped this agave combo recently in Mezcalero 13 and enjoyed it more. The overall vibe to me is dark, charred, and a bit tart. There is some grape cotton candy on the finish which is nice. March 2019, series 5.

TheAgaveFairy

TheAgaveFairy

153 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars3 months ago

The nose is tobala dominant to me, floral, light, honeyed, with soft green fruits like honeydew and other melons, fresh lemon brightness, cilantro and fresh herbs, vanilla, tons of flowers.

The palate shows more of the tepextate, but mosty I’m struck by the light body, delicacy, florality, and subtle complexity. The finish is rather wonderful, wildflower honey and the agaves showing cleanly with a slight pepper heat.

Almost too thin at times, this bottle (and sample that I had) needed air for sure. A little more weight and balance of the great fruits to the other odds and ends would do wonders. Take this rating with a grain of salt!- I imagine this one to be divisive!

The nose is tobala dominant to me, floral, light, honeyed, with soft green fruits like honeydew and other melons, fresh lemon brightness, cilantro and fresh herbs, vanilla, tons of flowers.
The palate shows more of the tepextate, but mosty I’m struck by the light body, delicacy, florality, and subtle complexity. The finish is rather wonderful, wildflower honey and the agaves showing cleanly with a slight pepper heat.
Almost too thin at times, this bottle (and sample that I had) needed air

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