Mal Bien Papalote Velilla was distilled by Don Ciro Barranca and his grandson Javier. “Velilla” refers to the agaves being harvested after full maturity but before quiotes had grown.
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|Category:||Destilado de Agave|
|Brand:||Agave Mixtape, Mal Bien Mezcal|
|Mezcalero:||Ciro Barranca, Javier Barranca|
|Batch size:||95 liters (March 2021 batch)|
|Website:||https://www.mezcalmalbien.com/, opens in new window|
About this destilado de agave
Mal Bien Papalote Velilla was distilled by Don Ciro Barranca and his grandson Javier in Chilapa de Alvarez, Guerrero. The pair have worked together since 2014 after Javier spent most of his 20s in “El Norte”. This batch of Papalote (Agave cupreata) was made by Javier using maguey from the Las Joyas region to the north of Ahuacuotzintla, where the Barrancas work. The agaves used were “velilla”, meaning they were fully mature, but had not yet grown quiotes. The plants were cooked for 4-5 days in a 10 ton pit, rested for 1 day, milled using a wood chipper, fermented for 5-7 days, and then double distilled using two 400 liter copper alambique stills. The final spirit was adjusted using puntas and colas.
The 95 liter batch released under Agave Mixtape volume 6 was distilled in March 2021.
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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.
Javier and Ciro talk a bit about what makes this batch special, and about the grandfather-grandson work dynamic in their fabrica.