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Mal Bien Puntas de Sierra Negra – Ramos

Mal Bien Puntas de Sierra Negra is made by legendary producer Victor Ramos in Mengolí de Morelos, Miahuatlán, Oaxaca.

Rating: (2 reviews)
Category:Destilado de Agave
Brand:Agave Mixtape, Mal Bien
Mezcalero:Victor Ramos
Maguey:Sierra Negra
Agave:Americana
Grind:Tahona
Distillation:Refrescador
Style:Puntas
State:Oaxaca
Town:Miahuatlán
ABV: 60.2%
Website: https://www.mezcalmalbien.com/, opens in new window

About this destilado de agave

Mal Bien Puntas de Sierra Negra is made with the rare maguey Sierra Negra (Agave americana). The Sierra Negra used in this batch were purchased from a magueyero in Xitlapehua, a community just a few minutes east of the Ramos ranch in Mengolí. While the Ramos’ new palenque is up and running, there are no plans to retire the old palenque any time soon. Depending on how busy he and Emanuel are, Victor continues to use the old stills and tinas as well as the new ones.

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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.

Member rating

4.5 out of 5

2 reviews

Ben P

Ben P

97 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars1 month ago

Agave Mixtape batch

Nose: crisp veggies, woody and pine, lime, fruits start to open up as it sits and become more orange forward, melon rind, lemongrass, I get the green apple Goldie mentioned

Palate: this is where it shines. Fruit forward, orange juice, tart apple, watermelon rind, honeydew, coconut. Finish is eucalyptus, pine, citrus rind. Charred peppers, honey

I side by sided this with the regular batch of MB Sierra I had (from Emmanuel). The thing that stuck out was the fruit on the palate. Where the nonpuntas batch had more minerality this puntas is full of fruit forward notes.

Edit: as I sip (post review) I definitely am getting the Apples cereal like Apple Jacks. Fun stuff

Agave Mixtape batch
Nose: crisp veggies, woody and pine, lime, fruits start to open up as it sits and become more orange forward, melon rind, lemongrass, I get the green apple Goldie mentioned
Palate: this is where it shines. Fruit forward, orange juice, tart apple, watermelon rind, honeydew, coconut. Finish is eucalyptus, pine, citrus rind. Charred peppers, honey
I side by sided this with the regular batch of MB Sierra I had (from Emmanuel). The thing that stuck out was the fruit on the palate.

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Goldyieglockz

Goldyieglockz

3 reviews
Rated 5 out of 5 stars1 month ago

Nose: Vegetal, Granny Smith, Cantaloupe, Celery, Cheese, Molasses, Apple O’s

Taste: Apple O’s, Granny Smith Apples, slight Lactose, Caramel Apple, Molasses.

Synopsis: What an absolute treat. This Sierra Negra from the Ramos family does not taste like it should clock in at 60%. Truly dangerous. Going into trying my first Puntas i expected a harsh, alcohol heavy nose and palate, but am pleasantly surprised. I’m just a gringo from the East Coast so to me this expression tastes like a green candy apple at the state fair, dipped in the terroir of Oaxaca. Sweet, Vegetal, Green Fruit palate. I would love to sit this Puntas next to a bottle of Real Minero Barril, they are uncannily similar. This puntas is everything you want it to be, and I thinks it’s delicious.

¡Salud!

Rating: 97/100

Nose: Vegetal, Granny Smith, Cantaloupe, Celery, Cheese, Molasses, Apple O’s
Taste: Apple O’s, Granny Smith Apples, slight Lactose, Caramel Apple, Molasses.
Synopsis: What an absolute treat. This Sierra Negra from the Ramos family does not taste like it should clock in at 60%. Truly dangerous. Going into trying my first Puntas i expected a harsh, alcohol heavy nose and palate, but am pleasantly surprised. I’m just a gringo from the East Coast so to me this expression tastes like a green ca

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