Alberto and his son-in-law Reynaldo wild-harvested the Tobalá in Santa Catarina Albarradas, Oaxaca. Santa Catarina belongs the Sierra Norte region in Oaxaca and is a village of about 220 people, all of whom speak Zapotec. The town itself sits at about 6,000 feet above sea level, and Alberto and Reynaldo hike up to 8,000 feet above sea level to harvest the Tobalá. The word Tobalá derives from the Zapotec “Dua blah,” which essentially means agave (Dua) from the mountains (blah).
This is the first batch of Tobalá mezcalero Alberto Martinez made during "La Canicula" of 2018 - a brief dry season that takes place in the middle of the rainy season. The batch was distilled from 116 mature Tobalá that were that were wild-harvested approximately 7,500 feet above sea level.