Koch El Tobalá is an artisanal single-agave mezcal from San Baltazar Guelavila, Oaxaca. It is produced from Tobalá agaves - a rare variety that is light, sweet, and floral.
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What's in it
- Tobalá Agave
This floral and herby mezcal pairs well with fresh fish dishes. Try Koch El Tobalá with blackened salmon tacos, at a noisy dinner party with good friends and great music.Back to shop
When you smell Koch El Tobalá, you’ll experience an aromatic cascade of herbal and floral notes.
When you taste Koch El Tobalá, your palate will be met with a pure and intense array of herbal flavours, with a slight sweetness and a long-lasting finish.
The Aztecs were the first to cultivate agave plants in Oaxaca, back in the 1500s. Located in the south of Mexico, its mountainous rugged terrain and subtropical climate lend themselves well to the growth of these plants. While tequila is produced using only the blue agave variety, mezcal can be made from any variety of agave, and Oaxaca is famously the world’s leading producer of mezcal.
The King of Agaves
Koch El Tobalá is a single-agave mezcal, produced by maestro mezcalero Pedro Hernandez in the village of San Baltazar Guelavila. The prized Tobalá agave variety is often referred to as the “King of Agaves” in Mexico, with the resulting mezcals tending to be light, sweet, and floral. The Tobalá agave hearts that go into Koch El Tobalá have matured for 9-12 years before being harvested for production.
The most natural of techniques
Pedro Hernandez’s expertise comes from tradition and knowledge that has been passed down to him through the generations. He relies on his five senses to judge the distillation of the mezcal - a skill that he has refined throughout his life. The agaves are harvested by hand and then baked in an underground natural wood pit, before being fermented and double-distilled in a copper still. The finished mezcal is then bottled and labelled by hand.
The Brains Behind It
A sustainable project
In 2009, Carlos Moreno founded The Koch Group with the goal of reducing the amount of Mexicans migrating to the United States in search of better jobs. The Koch Group thinks of themselves as a project rather than a business, working to produce high-quality mezcals, while supporting mezcal-producing families in the most economically unstable parts of Oaxaca. Across thirteen communities, they work locally and naturally, respecting the environment and traditional production techniques of the Oaxacan families. Each bottle encapsulates the identity of the village from where it came.More on the Brand
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