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Mal Bien Arroqueño – Chucho + Poncho Sánchez

Mal Bien Arroqueño from Chucho and Poncho Sánchez was produced in San Baltazar Chichicapam, Oaxaca using 100% Maguey Arroqueño (agave Americana).

About this destilado de agave

Mal Bien Arroqueño from Chucho and Poncho Sánchez was released as part of Agave Mixtape volume 7. It was produced in San Baltazar Chichicapam, Oaxaca using 100% Maguey Arroqueño (agave Americana) in May 2021. Chucho’s wife Zuleima is from San Francisco Infiernillo, a small village in the Mixteca Baja region of Oaxaca. The two married after meeting during university and eventually moved to Chichicapam, where Chucho worked with with his family and Zuleima became a school teacher. During their visits to the Mixteca Baja, Chucho became familiar with the area’s magueyes and mezcales. Zuleima’s family in Mixteca Baja isn’t involved in mezcal production, but they helped introduce Chucho to some of their magueyero neighbors. The magueyeros sold Chucho some maguey tobalá and several tons of the 12 year-old maguey arroqueño, ranging in size from 60-120 kilos per piña. Chucho says the agave from San Francisco Infiernillo has a higher concentration of sugars than the plants that grow in Chichicapam so he plans to buy more from his in-laws’ neighbors for future batches of mezcal.

Agave Mixtape

Agave Mixtape brings the best agave spirits together in one place - your place. Agave Mixtape is a subscription based service. Subscribers receive boxes with three 200ml bottles from three different brands - Lalocura, Mal Bien, and Neta (and maybe a few surprises) - filled with batches picked especially for Agave Mixtape, and not available anywhere else in the USA. Each box includes production notes on the batches, along with links to photos, and virtual tastings with the people behind the brands and the mezcaleros. You can subscribe directly from their website.

Mal Bien Mezcal

Since 2016, the Mal Bien team has been traveling Mexico, driving off the map and into mountains filled with treacherous roads, police officers of questionable moral character, feral dogs, indigenous languages, narcos, ancient relics, machete wielding protestors, insect based meals, mudslides, blockades, corrupt politicians, and many of the world's kindest, funniest, most brilliant people. In addition to some hard to believe stories, they've connected with a wide variety of traditional producers, whose mezcal is now bottled and exported under the Mal Bien name.

2 reviews

4.25 out of 5


donpedro

donpedro

39 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars5 days ago

This one is a rollercoaster ride between sweet and savory. On the nose, this starts out as barnyard, leather, and smoke, but quickly transitions to BBQ sauce and umami on the palate. The is a definite sweetness to it that borders on molasses or maple syrup. Really enjoyable!

Zack Klamn

Zack Klamn

300 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars2 weeks ago

Nose – Light smoke and leather. Cantaloupe. Hint of pork jerky.

Palate – Sweet (Orange Julius) and grassy at first. Finish and aftertaste lose every notion of sweetness and wildly turn to a fascinating balance of campfire smoke, leather, hay, more grass and a lip full of chewing tobacco (and goes on for a solid minute). This feels like it has mucho masculine qualities – if I was old enough to have this in the 80’s, my grandpa woulda said: “Drink it, boy. It’ll put hair on your chest.”

This is one of the more interesting mezcals I’ve tried – great work!

Nose – Light smoke and leather. Cantaloupe. Hint of pork jerky.
Palate – Sweet (Orange Julius) and grassy at first. Finish and aftertaste lose every notion of sweetness and wildly turn to a fascinating balance of campfire smoke, leather, hay, more grass and a lip full of chewing tobacco (and goes on for a solid minute). This feels like it has mucho masculine qualities – if I was old enough to have this in the 80’s, my grandpa woulda said: “Drink it, boy. It’ll put hair on your chest

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