Erstwhile Tepeztate-Tobala Ensamble Mezcal
A mission-driven, social impact-driven company, Erstwhile is a boutique agave spirits importer based in Brooklyn, New York. Our mission: advocate for small, independent, family-owned producers who lack representation outside their local communities in Mexico; and bring their craft to mezcal lovers in international markets for the first time. We work closely with our partner producers and set them up for success. No haggling. No exclusivity contracts. We guide producers through the complicated steps to export in their own names for the first time and cover necessary expenses including local attorneys, accountants, license fees, and more. We absorb our producers’ marketing and supply chain costs as our own. We believe in autonomy for producers, be it hiring their own workers or using their own bottling facility. We only step in if they want our help. We connect with our partner producers to share knowledge and help each other in production. Revenue from every Erstwhile bottle sold creates jobs in our partner producers’ and vendors’ local communities in Mexico. Our producers hire their own team of local men and women, on their own terms. Erstwhile is a woman-owned, women-led business. Our team is multicultural and multilingual. We are outspoken about elevating underrepresented voices in Mezcal and our industry.
Tepeztate-Tobalá Ensamble (2018 Limited Edition)
A true blend of 50% Tepeztate and 50% Tobalá, two agaves that are dramatically different in personality. This Tepeztate-Tobalá Ensamble is Tepeztate forward, meaning you will likely taste the green, vegetal, and pear notes of the Tepeztate first, before it expands into the Tobalá’s sweeter fruit notes and rounder body. A verdant, precise and clean combination of grass and rainwashed limestone on the nose. Pear, green pepper, peppercorn, and minerals on the tongue. Tempered by the smooth caramel notes and hint of smoke from the Tobalá.
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