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Mal Bien Mexicano – Sanchez

Mal Bien Mexicano from Chucho Sanchez was originally released in the US as part of Agave Mixtape Vol. 8.

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Category:Destilado de Agave
Brand:Agave Mixtape, Mal Bien Mezcal
Mezcalero:Chucho Sanchez
Town:San Baltazar Chichicapam
ABV: 47.6%
Age of plant: 8 years
Release year: 2021
Website: https://www.mezcalmalbien.com/, opens in new window

About this destilado de agave

Mal Bien Mexicano from Chucho Sanchez was originally released in the US as part of Agave Mixtape Vol. 8. Per Agave Mixtape:

It was made with Agave rhodacantha grown just down the road from the palenque in San Baltazar Chichicapam.

The 8-year-old mexicanos used in this batch were velilla (mature, just before sprouting their quiote) when harvested, and were the first ever cultivated crops to be grown on a virgin plot of tierra arcillosa (clay rich soil) that belongs to Chucho. He described the land and plants as beyond organic.

While the flavors and style of this batch are all Chichicapam, the hijuelos (baby plants) were originally purchased in Santa Maria Zoquitlán – an area with plenty of mezcal fame to its name – 90 minutes south of Chichicapam. The rainy season is the best time for planting, but it’s also the best time for torrential downpours. After picking up up a truckload of planters from his magueyero, Chucho found himself caught in a thunderstorm and flash flood that nearly ended with his truck sinking in the large river that borders just outside of town. Thankfully, Chucho and most of his plants survived to tell their tale.

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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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