About this mezcal
Real Minero Tobala is made with semi-wild maguey Tobala. This agave is a much smaller agave with broader leaves meaning that many more plants need to be harvested to make a Mezcal batch. It takes about eight piñas of Tobala to equal one piña of a cultivated agave Espadin. The Real Minero Tobala is spicier than other Tobala Mezcals, but not overly so. It has hints of chipotle, coconut, and orange. These bottles can be very hard to find. If you see one, you should probably try it.
Real Minero (previously Mezcal Real Minero) is considered by many to be one of the world’s finest mezcal producers. The Angeles family has been making mezcal for several generations in Santa Catarina Minas, Oaxaca. Their mezcal is made in small clay pot stills, and almost all of it is rested in glass for several months before bottling, giving the mezcal a much softer character. Outside of creating great spirits, they also have one of the largest and most diverse sustainable agave reforestation programs. With the help of the community, they’ve been able to rescue several agave varieties that were previously thought to be extinct. The ABV of each batch may vary slightly, so check your bottle for details.
In 2020, the brand began dropping the word “mezcal” from their labels. The term “traditional” replaces the CRM “ancestral” designation. Shortly thereafter, the brand officially parted ways with the certification process; all future releases will be labeled as “agave spirits” or something similar. Despite the label changes, nothing significant about their production process has changed over years.