Montelobos Tobalá is a type of mezcal that is produced in the town of San Juan del Río, in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico. Mezcal is a traditional spirit made from the agave plant, and Tobalá is a specific type of agave that is known for its complex and nuanced flavor profile. The Montelobos brand is owned by Ivan Saldaña, a renowned mezcal expert and distiller who has dedicated his career to exploring the diverse and rich tradition of Mexican spirits.
Montelobos Tobalá is made using traditional methods that have been passed down for generations. The agave is harvested by hand and cooked in an underground pit, or horno, using wood fire. The cooked agave is then crushed using a tahona, a large stone wheel that is pulled by a horse or mule. The juice that is extracted is then fermented using natural yeasts, and finally distilled in small batches using copper pot stills.
The result is a mezcal that has a distinct and complex flavor, with notes of earthiness, smoke, and a hint of sweetness. It has a smooth, velvety texture and a long, lingering finish. Montelobos Tobalá is often enjoyed neat, or on the rocks, to fully appreciate its unique flavors and aromas. It is also a popular choice for cocktails, and can be used to add depth and complexity to a wide range of mixed drinks.