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Mal Bien Madrecuixe / Bicuixe / Coyote / Tepextate

Mal Bien Madrecuixe / Bicuixe / Coyote / Tepextate is made by Victor and his son Emanuel, the 3rd and 4th generations of the Ramos family.

Rating: (3 reviews)
Category:Destilado de Agave
Brand:Mal Bien Mezcal
Mezcalero:Emanuel Ramos, Victor Ramos
Maguey:Bicuishe, Coyote, Madrecuishe, Tepeztate
Agave:Americana, Karwinskii, Marmorata
ABV: 46.12%
Batch size: 0319ER: 548 bottles
Website: https://www.mezcalmalbien.com/, opens in new window
About this destilado de agave

Mal Bien Madrecuixe / Bicuixe / Coyote / Tepextate is made by Victor and his son Emanuel. They are the 3rd and 4th generations of the Ramos 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 Cortes family via Victor’s wife (Emanuel’s mother), Cleotilde, whose sister Cesilia is married to Felipe.

The agave used in this mezcal are cooked for 6 days in an underground pit oven with Encino, Yegareche, Mesquite, and Palo de Aguila. Once cooked, the agave rest 6-7 days before being mashed by ox drawn tahona. They’re fermented with open air yeasts for 4-8 days before being double distilled in a copper refrescadera still.

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.

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Rated 4 out of 5 stars4 weeks ago

Fairly harsh gasoline/motor oil nose upfront, but that recedes over time and a complex earthiness and smokiness emerges with faint spearmint, fruit candy, and floral notes. Makes you work for it, but now I can’t stop smelling my (empty) glass. Enjoyable on the palate with a nice medium length finish, not unpleasantly hot.



494 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars6 months ago

Batch: 0319ER. Lots of mineral and floral elements on the nose. Very pleasant aromas of spearmint, lime, lavender, rose pedals, and hot chalky soil. The palate is light and balanced. Notes of Doublemint gum, bay leaves, basil, vanilla beans, and raw sugar cane. This is really nice with a bit of heat on the back of the palate. Very enjoyable.



37 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars7 months ago

Batch: 0319ER; 46.2% ABV

Nose of caramel, ripe papaya and pineapple, key lime, and tennis balls. Bright spearmint, cinnamon, bay leaves, and lavender. Some heat on the backend. Overall, some killer juice from the Ramos family as always.

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