Tobala - Santa Inés Sola
Various States, Mexico
100% maguey tobala from the Sola de Vega region, with an interesting twist.
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What's in it
- Maguey Tobala
On its own
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- Dark Berries
- Smoked Marzipan
- Dry Tobacco
When you smell this sola Tobala there's lot of sweetness on the nose, like a desert of dark berries and smoked marzipan, with hints of dry tobacco that betray the Sola de Vega origins
When you taste this exciting sola Tobala it's more herbal on the palate initially than you may have expected from the nose, with notes of rosemary and a velvet mouth feel. A fruitiness sneaks back into the mid-palate before fading into a sweet and lingering background warmth.
Various States, Mexico
Sin Gusano’s products come directly from micro-scale independent family producers all over Mexico. To date they have bottled liquids from the states of Oaxaca, Puebla, Michoacán, San Luis Potosí, Durango, Coahuila... and counting.
Clay & Copper Creations
Santa Inés Sola is a small community outside of the town of Sola de Vega, in south-west Oaxaca. It’s here that they came across Florian, his Nephew Gilberto, and their smart palenque. While the Sola de Vega region is known for clay pot production, this palenque is set up not only with clay pots, but also copper alembics - with and without refrescador tops, allowing for much more experimentation.
Florian has an impressive array of agave growing in the steep hills that surround the palenque. Cultivation is with consideration for the environment and other species of plants and trees in the area. He’s even experimenting with agave cupreata - not normally found in this part of southern Oaxaca. Florian has a technique with the copper stills that they haven’t spotted elsewhere. These wooden boards are inserted into the still to keep the bagaso (agave fibres) from touching the metal bottom of the boiling pot - protecting against burning during the first distillation and avoiding any potential bitter charred flavours. Smart.
The Brains Behind It
The Sin Gusano Project
The Sin Gusano Project was conceived after an influential initial trip to Mexico in 2016. Disillusioned with a world driven by over-consumption of poor quality products, and the financial system that facilitates it, Jon left a career in financial services behind to travel for some months in Southern Mexico. While developing a taste for the local spirits, Jon became fascinated by their incredible diversity, their heritage production techniques, and their ties to a culture more sustainable and in balance with the natural world than the one he just left behind.More on the Brand