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Mal Bien Arroqueno – Cortes

Mal Bien Arroqueno is made by the father-son duo Felipe and Ageo Cortes, who have been producing for brands like Mezcaloteca (Mezcalosfera) for many years.

About this destilado de agave

Mal Bien Arroqueno is made with maguey Arroqueno (agave Americana) that are cooked in an underground oven for 8-10 days with the following types of wood: Encino, Yegareche, Mesquite, and Palo de Aguila. The agave are allowed to rest for 5-7 days after the cook, before being milled by ox drawn tahona. The milled agave are fermented in open air tinas for 3-8 days and then double distilled in a copper refrescadera still.

Felipe and his son Ageo are the 3rd and 4th generations of the Cortes family to produce mezcal in the Miahuatlán District of Oaxaca, an area famous for its abundance and diversity of A. karwinskii sub-species (madrecuixe, tobaxiche, etc.). The community of Mengoli de Morelos where they live and work has a population of just under 200 people. They are related to the neighboring Ramos family via Felipe’s wife (Ageo’s mother), Cesilia, whose sister Cleotilde is married to Victor Ramos.

According to the brand, batch 0318’s label incorrectly lists the scientific name as A. Karwinskii. All other batches are correctly labeled as A. Americana.

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.

4 reviews

3.75 out of 5


Gregg T&T

Gregg T&T

100 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars1 year ago

Bell peppers and cooked agave on the nose. Cheese and spice on on the backend.

Derekac7

Derekac7

19 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars1 year ago

The karwinski misprint reminds me of some old vinyl records that were mispressed, and now being sold as rare collectibles. Agree with Mike’s review – the nose is reserved, the flavor is simplistic but extremely high quality. In addition to vanilla, slight vegetal notes, and smoke, there’s a deep raw honey flavor I really enjoy. This is a top quality mezcal from the world renowned Cortes family.

razorbackmike

razorbackmike

126 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars2 years ago

this is really good mezcal.upon first opening the bottle,the nose was reserved.it seemed to open up after a few days.if you put a few drops in your palm and rub your hands together,the scent is wondeful.very floral and sweet.i do agree with another reviewer in the sense that it is lacking in complexity but that isnt a bad quality.i havent had many arroquenos but the ones i have are simplistic.the flavor is sweet with vanilla and slightly vegetal with a hint of smoke.it is exceptionally clean with no bite.i would never guess that it is 51% abv.the quality is top notch.this mezcalero is known for the mezcalosfera label and thats what convinced me to try it.my bottle label is one of the misprints that indicates the content is karwinski though it should be americana.the finish is short and very pleasant.almost a five star.lovely!

this is really good mezcal.upon first opening the bottle,the nose was reserved.it seemed to open up after a few days.if you put a few drops in your palm and rub your hands together,the scent is wondeful.very floral and sweet.i do agree with another reviewer in the sense that it is lacking in complexity but that isnt a bad quality.i havent had many arroquenos but the ones i have are simplistic.the flavor is sweet with vanilla and slightly vegetal with a hint of smoke.it is exceptionally clean wit

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kozinnski

kozinnski

14 reviews
Rated 3 out of 5 stars2 years ago

Buttered popcorn, earth, leather, sweet potatoes, vanilla, detritus. Like an Espadin on steroids in some ways, but slightly lacking overall.

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