Mal Bien Papalote Joven from Don Refugio Calzada Hernandez was produced in the community of Chilapa de Alvarez, Guerrero.
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|Category:||Destilado de Agave|
|Mezcalero:||Refugio Calzada Hernandez|
|Town:||Chilapa de Álvarez|
|Batch size:||May 2020: 258 bottles|
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About this destilado de agave
Mal Bien Papalote Joven from Don Refugio Calzada Hernandez was produced in the community of Chilapa de Alvarez, Guerrero. Don Cuco, as he’s known to friends, was the president of a local association of mezcaleros and magueyeros (agave farmers) for many years, and has been a leading force behind popular agave and tree reforestation efforts that have helped make agave more plentiful today than in his youth.
Though he works almost exclusively with maguey papalote, Don Cuco’s bodega is home to a diverse collection of joven, capón and glass aged spirits, as well as a few special batches macerated with chumilin (Atizies taxcoensis), a local stink bug considered a seasonal delicacy.
The agaves used for batch 0520RC were a mix of Velilla (mature but not yet sprouting a quiote) and capon (having sprouted a quiote that has been cut). This batch was made the same month as Don Refugio’s batch of 2 year capon papalote that was also released by 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.