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Mal Bien Quiote de Alto

Mal Bien Quiote de Alto was produced by Don Isidro Rodriguez Montoya as an exclusive release through Tahona Mercado.

Rating: (5 reviews)
Category:Destilado de Agave
Cost:$$$
Brand:Mal Bien Mezcal
Mezcalero:Isidro Rodriguez Montoya
Maguey:Alto
Agave:Inaequidens
Grind:Tahona
Distillation:Refrescador
Style:Joven
State:Michoacán
Town:Rio de Parras
ABV: 46.5%
Batch size: Lot 11191RM QUIOTE de ALTO: 102 bottles
Website: https://www.mezcalmalbien.com/, opens in new window

About this destilado de agave

Mal Bien Quiote de Alto was produced by Don Isidro Rodriguez Montoya in Rio de Parras, Michoacán. Don Isidro’s used only the quiote of the agave for this special batch, which was released exclusively through Tahona Mercado. Don Isidro is a first generation Mezcalero. After sharing the communal vinata for 14 years, he built his own vinata in 2015, where he currently distills all his agave.

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.

5 reviews

4.2 out of 5

jmehrk35

jmehrk35

35 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars2 months ago

Incredible mezcal from Mal Bien Quiote de Alto and Isidro Rodriguez.
1119IRM
46.5% ABV
Mostly Quiote used here.
Warming with a prickle initial nasal impact, then slightly drying.
Aroma hits with watermelon all day. Orange blossom, cucumber, taffy, jolly rancher watermelon. This is a very fine nose.
Warming, coating and soft mouthfeel. There is a generous alcohol presence on the tongue. Sweet, followed by some sour and bitter with medium body on initial swirl in the mouth. Somewhat cooling, then heat working together in a pleasing way.
Flavor profile starts big with watermelon taffy, melon, cucumber, jalapeno, honey and citrus zest. Awesome limestone and mineral on the retro nasal. Concentrated and complex with dry, fresh extinguished ash on the medium finish. Harmoniously balanced. Overall impression is excellent. A MUST have.

Incredible mezcal from Mal Bien Quiote de Alto and Isidro Rodriguez.
1119IRM
46.5% ABV
Mostly Quiote used here.
Warming with a prickle initial nasal impact, then slightly drying.
Aroma hits with watermelon all day. Orange blossom, cucumber, taffy, jolly rancher watermelon. This is a very fine nose.
Warming, coating and soft mouthfeel. There is a generous alcohol presence on the tongue. Sweet, followed by some sour and bitter with medium body on initial swirl in the mouth. Somewhat cooling, then

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Zack Klamn

Zack Klamn

471 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars3 months ago

Nose – Lemonade. Icing sugar. Peppermint heat. Cottage cheese.

Palate – Smarties Halloween candy. Woody. Parm cheese. Dry and fruity in the finish – like a champagne and lemonade mimosa. Quality tobacco aftertaste and some bitterness. A fantastic warmth to this. Isidro is a master!

Tyler

Tyler

583 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars9 months ago

A unique mezcal and one I’d recommend you try.. as I poured it I automatically thought it was from Oaxaca and then as I started sipping was thinking it tasted like something from a different state… duh! It has those Michoacán vibes. It doesn’t automatically stand out as something not made 100% from agave piñas. The first note that stands out is strawberry shortcake on the front. There is a bit of pop mid-late palate with notes of firewood and peat. Underneath it all are some complex vegetal notes like fresh cucumber and arugula (pepper flavors). I might revisit and add more thoughts later. I dig this one. Not sure of the batch but it was the first release in 2021.

A unique mezcal and one I’d recommend you try.. as I poured it I automatically thought it was from Oaxaca and then as I started sipping was thinking it tasted like something from a different state… duh! It has those Michoacán vibes. It doesn’t automatically stand out as something not made 100% from agave piñas. The first note that stands out is strawberry shortcake on the front. There is a bit of pop mid-late palate with notes of firewood and peat. Underneath it all are some

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COak

COak

195 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars1 year ago

I love the nose on this, so fresh and so clean, notes of candied limes and strawberries. Jonny’s notes are spot on, subtle lactic quality very fruit forward. I get cherry starbursts on this. You won’t be disappointed if you have a pour or two.

Jonny

Jonny

603 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars1 year ago

Sweet aromas of red Starbursts, watermelon, grapefruit, cherries, clementine, and a bit of soft cheese. The lactose on the nose is very subtle as it’s mostly fruit forward aromas. The palate mostly matches the nose in terms of tasting notes: fruit forward with tropic fruits meeting slight lactic elements and a bit of grilled char flavoring. Really nice balance.

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