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Mal Bien Sierra Negra

Mal Bien Sierra Negra is an extremely small batch release from the Ramos family. It is an exclusive to K&L Wine Merchants.

Rating: (3 reviews)
Category:Destilado de Agave
Brand:Mal Bien Mezcal
Mezcalero:Emanuel Ramos, Victor Ramos
Maguey:Sierra Negra
Agave:Americana
Grind:Tahona
Distillation:Refrescador
Style:Joven
State:Oaxaca
Town:Miahuatlan
ABV: 46.09%
Batch size: 1219 VFR: 48 liters
Website: https://www.mezcalmalbien.com/, opens in new window
About this destilado de agave

Mal Bien Sierra Negra is made with the rare maguey Sierra Negra (Agave Americana). This tiny batch only yielded 48 liters and from that tiny quantity only 24 bottles made their way to the US as a K&L exclusive. The agaves were cultivated on the family’s land below the house and roasted for six days in the Ramos’ underground ovens over encino, palo de aguila, yegareche, and mesquite wood. The cooked agave was rested for another week before being crushed by horse drawn tahona. The agave was then fermented for 8 days in sabino wood tanks and adjusted only with puntas and colas.

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.

3 reviews

4.5 out of 5


Rakhal

Rakhal

276 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars7 months ago

Batch: 1219 VFR.
I really wish I had bought two bottles of this one, the 24 bottles sold out fast. For me this Mezcal is tropical fruit and flowers. Coconut milk, pineapple, vanilla ice cream, Oreo cookies, and lots of roses. I like this a lot! I tasted it side by side with the Alberto Martinez 5 Sentidos Sierra Negra which is one of my all time favorites and it held up well. I can’t wait to try the other Ramos batches!

donpedro

donpedro

37 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars7 months ago

Batch: 1219VFR (K&L Exclusive); ABV: 46.09%; Lot size: 48 L, w/ only 24 bottles imported.

The nose on this thing is just outstanding! Saltwater taffy meets pine, spice, and moscato grapes. Palate is more taffy with moscato and just a touch of coffee grounds. The woody, spice characteristics stick around for a bit as well. Delicious sierra negra. I still just slightly prefer the SN from Cinco Sentidos, but just barely. I still cannot believe there are only 24 bottles in the US; absolutely insane. This is a great bottle, especially given the price/rarity quotient.

Batch: 1219VFR (K&L Exclusive); ABV: 46.09%; Lot size: 48 L, w/ only 24 bottles imported.
The nose on this thing is just outstanding! Saltwater taffy meets pine, spice, and moscato grapes. Palate is more taffy with moscato and just a touch of coffee grounds. The woody, spice characteristics stick around for a bit as well. Delicious sierra negra. I still just slightly prefer the SN from Cinco Sentidos, but just barely. I still cannot believe there are only 24 bottles in the US; absolutely ins

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Jonny

Jonny

493 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars7 months ago

Woah! Lots of sugary bubblegum on the nose. More fruity notes of cherry and red grapes. Also a lot woodiness on the nose. Aromas of sandalwood, cedar, and dried cinnamon sticks mixing with sweeter notes of bubblegum. I could smell this all day. The palate is sticky with rich bubblegum and these long, luxurious notes of fresh fruit: melon, papaya, and strawberry. A bit of heat, but a huge payout, and no alcohol present. Amazing. Batch 1219 VFR

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