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Corte Vetusto Tobalá Mezcal

$95.00

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A single-varietal artesanal mezcal from a fourth-generation mezcalero, coming from world's most highly awarded mezcal brand, Corte Vetusto.

This is hand-crafted mezcal at its finest, made from wild maguey Tobalá, harvested only when mature, which adds complexity and depth to the flavor of the liquid. 

Each batch is produced in small quantities and differs based on seasonality and other factors, so every bottle is truly one of a kind.

750ml 88 Proof

Tasting Notes

Herbs, honey, and leather on the nose. Vanilla, apple, burnt orange and pepper on the palate, with a note of smokiness throughout. Mineral and earthy. Exceedingly long finish.


Ways to Enjoy

Classic: sip it slow and neat

Unexpected: Mix with a high-quality tonic for a simple Corte Vetusto & Tonic where the mezcal stays centerstage

Accolades

Double Gold, International Spirits Challenge, 2020

Gold, International Wine & Spirit Competition, 2020

Production Notes

This artisanal, single-producer, single-varietal mezcal is made using century's old techniques passed down through generations. Neither formulas nor scientific equipment are relied upon to make this mezcal. Rather, it's experience, skill, patience, and art that together create this exquisite liquid.     

The wild Tobalá agave used in this production are between 10-14 years old. Carefully chosen by the Maestro Mezcalero, they are hand-harvested by machete and coa (a long wooden stick with a thin blade at the bottom).

The Tobalá hearts (piñas) are roasted in a conical earthen pit lined with volcanic rock, which absorbs and maintains the heat. Regional hardwoods, including mesquite, are lit, and agave fibers from a previous distillation are used as a base, to prevent the fresh piñas from burning and producing an overly bitter mezcal. Here, the natural starches in the piñas are converted into fermentable sugars over the course of 3-5 days. 

Once cooled, the piñas, cut into smaller pieces by machete, are slowly crushed the traditional way: a horse pulls a large volcanic millstone (tahona) around a stone base in which the tender, fragrant piñas sit.

Once the juice is extracted and the fibers crushed, it is all transferred to large open-topped wooden vats for fermentation. Pure local mountain spring water is added, and then nature is allowed to take her time as wild, native airborne yeasts do their work of fermentation. This process that can take up to two weeks depending on season and even wind conditions.

Finally, for maximum flavor and complexity both the liquid and the fibers are transferred to the still. The first distillation is in a wood-fired copper still, and the second distillation is in smaller clay still. The choice of still influences the speed, output, and flavor of the mezcal, and Juan Carlos Gonzalez Diaz is one of the few known mezcaleros to use both copper and clay stills for distillation of single batches.

Terroir Corte Vetusto is made at a palenque in Mitla, in the Oaxaca region. Mitla is home to a famous archeological site, the sacred burial site of the Zapotec.
Founder Facts Juan Carlos Gonzalez Diaz is a fourth-generation mezcalero. He is committed to the traditional ways, but brings tremendous expertise and finely-honed sensibility to his methods - which is how the innovation of distilling in both copper and clay came about.  He leads a team of four and together they produce Corte Vetusto.

Please drink responsibly. 

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