Del Maguey Mezcal Tobala, "The Wild Mountain Maguey," Oaxaca
This nearly mystical bottling requires the most work to make happen. Harvested during three months scouring forests on steep hillsides, some at 45 degree angles, the wild agave is brought down the mountain by burros and made at Santo Domingo Albarradas. There is almost a piney note to the aroma. Luxurious texture, smoky flavor, and a kick of heat at the end. Del Maguey reports that only 600 bottles are made each year.