I’ve worked in San Baltazar Guelavila for years and recently had the opportunity to visit Maestro Mezcalero Gregorio Martinez at his palenque. Gregorio is the man behind El Jolgorio’s Tobalá. Considered nobility in the world of mezcal, the tobalá is known by many as the “King of the Magueys”.
We had a great time, talked a lot of mezcal and of course, I left with a little of this fine mezcal to add to my collection.
Here are the notes from Ed Draves, our resident taster of all things mezcal at Dave Miller’s Mexico…
Brand… El Jolgorio
Category… Tobalá 47% ABV
Origin… San Baltazar Guelevila
Tasting Notes…This has a nose that reminds me of cocoa and citrus, perhaps “orange chocolate” would be a good descriptor. Very nice viscosity in the mouth with a little smokey character and some “forest floor”. You’ll notice some notes of smoke on the dry finish along with a a bit of heat. A very pleasant mezcal.
Maguey Rating…3 Magueys
Availability… Widely available in the US.
Cost… between $100.00US and $125.00US a bottle [750ML].
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