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Rezpiral Tobala – Aureliano Hernandez Martinez

Rezpiral Tobala is a small batch mezcal that is only available in select areas of the US. It is a limited release from mezcalero Aureliano Hernandez.

Rating: (2 reviews)
Category:Destilado de Agave
Brand:Rezpiral
Mezcalero:Aureliano Hernandez
Agave:Tobala
Grind:Tahona
Distillation:Copper
Style:Joven
State:Oaxaca
Town:San Baltazar Guélavila
ABV:46%
Age of plant:9-10 years
Website:https://rezpiral.com/
About this destilado de agave

Rezpiral Tobala is made with agave Tobala that takes 9-10 years to reach maturity. Mezcalero Aureliano Hernandez crushes his cooked agave with a horse drawn tahona and he double distills his mezcal in a copper alembic still. This mezcal was released in 2018 as part of series three from Rezpiral.

2017, series #1: Eleven different master-crafted spirits by three independent artisan producers of three pueblos; spirits from nine different wild and domesticated agave varietals (espadin, tobala, barril, tobaziche, mexicano, tepextate, tobala orejon, cuish, and tripon).

2018, series #2: Seventeen different master-crafted spirits by five independent artisan producers from four pueblos San Agustin Amatengo, San Baltazar Guelevila, Chichicapam and San Luis Amatlan; spirits from eleven wild and cultivated varietals, and three specialty batches (pechuga de conejo, espadin capon, espadin con frutas).

2018, series #3: A curated collection of eleven agave spirits crafted from four independent artisan maestros collaborating with the project. Labels in this series are hand drawn as before, and individually silk-screened labels, some with multiple colors.

2019, series #4, first release: A hand-selected selection of fifteen beautifully complex artisanal small batch agave spirits – by Abel Martinez of Santo Domingo Albarradas, Berta & Mario Vasquez of San Baltazar Chichicapam, Aureliano Hernandez of San Baltazar Guelevila, Reina Sanchez of San Luis Amatlan, Leonardo of San Baltazar Guelevila, and Simeon & Apolonio Ramirez of San Agustin Amatengo. Labels in this series were printed on a handful of colored fiber papers including amate (shown below presenting Berta’s ensamble).

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

4 of out 5 stars


BartFargo

BartFargo

21 reviews
9 months ago

Aureliano Hernandez Martinez
Series 3, distilled in 2018, 46%

Nose: Tightly wound at first, with salty sea breeze, cracked pepper and cedar smoke. There’s also a meaty undercurrent which reminds me of honey ham. Some citrus zest and orange blossom emerge as it sits, and then the fruits start to build. I pick out dried cranberry, blood orange and canned peach, plus a bit of jalapeno heat.

Palate: Orange creamsicle, peaches, mango and cotton candy – sweet, but softly so. The candy is then tempered by a wave of tart grapefruit, green peppers and a saline minerality. Soft, medium body.

Finish: Pithy citrus and that honey ham again. Then it turns more veggie, with glazed carrots, peas, fennel, soy sauce, and a bit of latex. Light cedar smoke returns late, coating buttery roasted nuts. Medium length.

This one is quite shy to open up, so the candied palate and green finish came as a surprise. Even the smoke on this feels fresh, so there’s plenty of room for the layered sweet tobala profile to flourish.

Aureliano Hernandez Martinez
Series 3, distilled in 2018, 46%
Nose: Tightly wound at first, with salty sea breeze, cracked pepper and cedar smoke. There’s also a meaty undercurrent which reminds me of honey ham. Some citrus zest and orange blossom emerge as it sits, and then the fruits start to build. I pick out dried cranberry, blood orange and canned peach, plus a bit of jalapeno heat.
Palate: Orange creamsicle, peaches, mango and cotton candy – sweet, but softly so. The candy is then

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Yggy45

Yggy45

7 reviews
1 year ago

Series 2, 2017 Rezpiral bottle 65/400, Aureliano Hernandez Martinez

The nose on this is very restrained, some citrus rind and unripe avocado, opens up slightly with some tropical fruit with a drop of water

Cotton candy, guava, mango, steel and some heat on the palate. The flavors are subtle, little to no smoke, and well integrated – I have a hard time pulling one dominant flavor out.

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