Tobalà (Agave potatorum)
- Maturation: 10-15 Years
- Sourced wild in the hills of Oaxaca
- Rested for 1+ year before bottling
The "friendliest" of all our offerings, Fuego Y Humo's wild tobalà is the perfect introduction for those familiar with tequila spirits, but curious to explore mezcal.
Slightly sweeter and creamier than the espadìn, this gentle but fun tobalà wins our "best personality" award with tasters thus far. According to one enthusiastic fan - "It’s like floating on a cloud in the tropics"
Easy sipping yet full of surprises; ABV: 47%
A Day in the Life of a Tobalà
Relatively small in comparison to most agaves (only ~2 feet in diameter), the tobalà is an oft sought after mezcal due to its distinctive sweet and woody taste. It is common throughout Oaxaca and Puebla and can be found in the most random of places - crags and sides of cliffs, as well as other less fertile and undesirable locations.
Stories from the Palenque
Since the tobalà agaves are wild, our producer José drove for hours into remote areas of Oaxaca for harvesting. He then hiked further into the hills to find the mature agaves at peak readiness. Due to its slow growth rate, most tobalàs are found in harder-to-reach places where there is less competition - like on cliff faces or deep in canyons. This makes for a cool photo, but also more difficult to harvest.
Due to the type of sap the agave contains, there is a myth that you have to drink mezcal before cutting the plant for harvest, as well as anointing your hands with mezcal. This prevents the irritating sap from sticking directly to the skin to prevent itching and redness. José wonders if this is just an excuse to drink mezcal.
Learn about the detailed process of artisanal mezcal production.