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Mal Bien Espadín / Jabalí – Chucho + Poncho Sánchez

This Mal Bien Espadin / Jabali was produced by Chucho and Poncho, who represent the 4th generation of mezcaleros in the Sánchez family.

About this destilado de agave

This Mal Bien Espadin / Jabali was produced by Chucho and Poncho, who represent the 4th generation of mezcaleros in the Sánchez family. 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.

Mal Bien

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.

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Rated 4 out of 5 stars12 months ago

Mal Bien
Chucho + Poncho
Sánchez
Espadín + Jabalí
43.9% ABV

Smoky nose, bacon and mesquite with glossy paint. Taste is heat, green pepper, and sugarcane juice. Light bodied but that makes it more enjoyable. Good, clean expression that’s not outrageously flavorful but is wildly tasty.

4 stars

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