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Mal Bien Madrecuixe – Cortes

Mal Bien Madrecuixe – Cortes is made with maguey Madrecuixe by the father and son duo of Felipe and Ageo Cortes.

Rating: (3 reviews)
Category:Destilado de Agave
Brand:Mal Bien Mezcal
Mezcalero:Ageo Cortés, Felipe Cortés
Maguey:Madrecuishe
Agave:Karwinskii
Grind:Tahona
Distillation:Refrescador
Style:Joven
State:Oaxaca
Town:Miahuatlan
ABV: 48.82
Batch size: 0415FC: 368 bottles
Website: https://www.mezcalmalbien.com/, opens in new window
About this destilado de agave

Mal Bien Madrecuixe – Cortes is made with maguey Madrecuixe 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 milled immediately after the cook 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.

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.

3 reviews

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TheAgaveFairy

TheAgaveFairy

137 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars3 weeks ago

0415FC 15 April 2021 48.82%

Nose: I do love their clean karwinskiis, and this has a delectable chemical note that’s pleasant like paint markers. Cherry and mild vanilla and cola, white corn, gentle hazelnut, golden raisin, white grapefruit, lemon blossom and wildflower honey.

Palate: Not quite as clean and fruity as the nose, but showing more earth and chemical. Grass fire, green plantain, lime comes up. Oh look, those are all green grass-like notes. The finish shows more of what the nose offered, cherry galore and that touch of brown sugar. Nice vibrant acidity! Only some mild bitter notes on the midpalate, a touch sour at times.

Thoughts: I’ve always loved their juice. Consistent, strong in character, in a style that I really love.

Conclusion and “t8ke” scale rating: 7/10. A *stellar* example of Miahuatlan karwinskii! Tempted to go higher on the rating…

0415FC 15 April 2021 48.82%
Nose: I do love their clean karwinskiis, and this has a delectable chemical note that’s pleasant like paint markers. Cherry and mild vanilla and cola, white corn, gentle hazelnut, golden raisin, white grapefruit, lemon blossom and wildflower honey.
Palate: Not quite as clean and fruity as the nose, but showing more earth and chemical. Grass fire, green plantain, lime comes up. Oh look, those are all green grass-like notes. The finish shows more of what the nose off

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Rakhal

Rakhal

290 reviews
Rated 5 out of 5 stars4 months ago

0415FC. This has been sitting in glass for five years and you can tell. So clean and perfectly balanced. Jonny really nailed the tasting notes on this one. Tons of flowers, perfectly ripe papaya, and carrot cake with cream cheese vanilla frosting. This is just beautiful.

Jonny

Jonny

502 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars6 months ago

Floral and mineral aromas. The palate is light, fruity, and flowery. Notes of sweet papaya, mango, flower pollen, and orange cream. Very mellow and well settled.

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