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Mal Bien Madrecuixe / Bicuixe / Tepextate

Mal Bien Madrecuixe / Bicuixe / Tepextate is made by the father-son duo Victor and Emanuel Ramos, who have been producing for brands like Mezcaloteca (Mezcalosfera) for many years.

Rating: (5 reviews)
Category:Destilado de Agave
Brand:Mal Bien Mezcal
Mezcalero:Emanuel Ramos, Victor Ramos
Maguey:Bicuishe, Madrecuishe, Tepeztate
Agave:Karwinskii, Marmorata
Grind:Tahona
Distillation:Refrescador
Style:Ensamble
State:Oaxaca
Town:Miahuatlan
ABV: 49.94%
Website: https://www.mezcalmalbien.com/
About this destilado de agave

Mal Bien Madrecuixe / Bicuixe / 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.

5 reviews

3.9 out of 5


SwatSaladin

SwatSaladin

18 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars2 months ago

The nose is defined by mango yoghurt–there’s a pronounced lactic influence, paired with really rich and powerful tropical fruit aromas. Lemon curds/key lime, almost incense-like with the spice profile. Quite an addicting nose, and easy to get lost in its depths. Nice mineral bite to it, too. Once you finally finish nosing it and get around to tasting it, it detonates in your mouth, shooting all sorts of flavors in all sorts of directions. I get flat orange fanta, persimmon, and ripe mangoes on the fruit front. Black pepper, lavendar, and even a cornmeal-esque acidity round out the rest of the palate. Really powerful and ever-evolving finish. Sour fruits, sharp acidity, grassy greenness. Oh my!

This is yet another killer mezcal–it’s just so brash and flavorful! Not to mention how exciting and dynamic the flavors themselves are. Supremely fun to drink.

The nose is defined by mango yoghurt–there’s a pronounced lactic influence, paired with really rich and powerful tropical fruit aromas. Lemon curds/key lime, almost incense-like with the spice profile. Quite an addicting nose, and easy to get lost in its depths. Nice mineral bite to it, too. Once you finally finish nosing it and get around to tasting it, it detonates in your mouth, shooting all sorts of flavors in all sorts of directions. I get flat orange fanta, persimmon, and ripe

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donpedro

donpedro

26 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars2 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.

COak

COak

100 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars3 months ago

I’m always excited to try something new from the Ramos family, big fan of the Miahuatlán flavors. On this I get key lime, fresh rain and lavender. It would be nice to know the different agave % in this bottle.

Tyler

Tyler

418 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars4 months ago

Mal Bien can be hit-or-miss for me but this one is really nice. It has that distinct Miahuatlan minerality and dry woody notes from the Agave Karwinskii. The Tepextate provides a nice balance. Jonny is right on with the dryer sheets – it’s not a bad thing! Overall just great flavor and what you want from a quality mezcal.

Jonny

Jonny

445 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars5 months ago

Total mineral and vegetal bomb on the nose! Smells incredible. Rich aromas of dark tropical fruits like papaya and overripe mango. The palate is also fruity with some added elements of drier sheets, fabric softener, fresh flowers, and lavendar. Highly enjoyable.

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