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Mal Bien Tepextate – Cortes

Mal Bien Tepextate is made by the father-son duo Felipe and Ageo Cortes, who have been producing for brands like Mezcaloteca (Mezcalosfera) for many years.

Rating: (9 reviews)
Category:Destilado de Agave
Brand:Agave Mixtape, Mal Bien Mezcal
Mezcalero:Ageo Cortés, Felipe Cortés
Maguey:Tepeztate
Agave:Marmorata
Grind:Tahona
Distillation:Refrescador
Style:Joven
State:Oaxaca
Town:Miahuatlan
ABV: 50%
Website: https://www.mezcalmalbien.com/
About this destilado de agave

Mal Bien Tepextate – Cortes is made with maguey Tepextate that are cooked in an underground oven for 8-10 days with the following types of wood: Encino, Yegareche, Mesquite, and Palo de Aguila. The agave are milled immediately after the cook by ox drawn tahona. The milled agave are fermented in open air tinas for 3-8 days and then double distilled in a copper refrescadera still.

Felipe and his son Ageo are the 3rd and 4th generations of the Cortes family to produce mezcal in the Miahuatlán District of Oaxaca, an area famous for its abundance and diversity of A. karwinskii sub-species (madrecuixe, tobaxiche, etc.). The community of Mengoli de Morelos where they live and work has a population of just under 200 people. They are related to the neighboring Ramos family via Felipe’s wife (Ageo’s mother), Cesilia, whose sister Cleotilde is married to Victor Ramos.

In addition to the regular 750ml release of this Tepextate, a special 200ml batch was released as part of Agave Mixtape Vol 1. This batch 0220AC was produced in February 2020 and was just 280 litres in total.

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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.

9 reviews

3.83 out of 5


Rakhal

Rakhal

182 reviews
Rated 2 out of 5 stars1 month ago

Batch: Agave Mixtape #1. I’m a big fan of both Mezcaleros but I don’t like this batch. To me it tastes like artificial fruit flavors, like apple jolly rancher and banana jelly beans. Too sweet for my taste and pretty one dimensional. I didn’t get any of the fresh jalapeño and bell pepper notes that I love in a Tepextate.
After further tastings with friends, they all liked this one and didn’t get the same flavors I do so I’m not sure why I’m tasting what I’m tasting, really interesting.

Batch: Agave Mixtape #1. I’m a big fan of both Mezcaleros but I don’t like this batch. To me it tastes like artificial fruit flavors, like apple jolly rancher and banana jelly beans. Too sweet for my taste and pretty one dimensional. I didn’t get any of the fresh jalapeño and bell pepper notes that I love in a Tepextate.
After further tastings with friends, they all liked this one and didn’t get the same flavors I do so I’m not sure why I’m tasting what I’m tasting, really interes

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GreenspointTexas

GreenspointTexas

200 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars1 month ago

I get a green ripeness from this one. Maybe like a green banana or unripe avocado? Tough to nail down. After the initial blast of green must, comes melons and tobacco. Finish lingers a little, with some faint rauchbier/bacon notes. Fun indeed

Gregg T&T

Gregg T&T

57 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars1 month ago

Agave Mixtape Vol. 1; ABV: 45.89%. Nose is all green – sweet bell peppers. More jalapeno peppers on the palate, citrus notes and a spicy white pepper finish. Unique Tep profile and delicious.

MassNole

MassNole

2 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars1 month ago

Green pepper, jalapeño on the nose. Similar notes on the palate with a residual sweetness and citrus squeeze.

donpedro

donpedro

26 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars1 month ago

Batch: unknown – Agave Mixtape Vol. 1; ABV: 45.89%

Nose is full of floral notes (gardenia?) with accompanying sugary, creme brûlée aromas. Somewhat reminds me of the aroma of the piñuela distillates from Rezpiral. There is also a salty, sea breeze element hiding in the back.

On the palate, there is a citrus note that I can’t quite place; it is somewhere between calamansi and citron. There is also a candied, artificial flavor bordering on “blue raspberry”. The finish is heavy on the saline, brine flavors.

Batch: unknown – Agave Mixtape Vol. 1; ABV: 45.89%
Nose is full of floral notes (gardenia?) with accompanying sugary, creme brûlée aromas. Somewhat reminds me of the aroma of the piñuela distillates from Rezpiral. There is also a salty, sea breeze element hiding in the back.
On the palate, there is a citrus note that I can’t quite place; it is somewhere between calamansi and citron. There is also a candied, artificial flavor bordering on “blue raspberry”. The finish is heavy on th

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Patrick

Patrick

30 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars4 months ago

Felipe & Ageo Cortes
Batch #0618
ABV : 50.2%
Nose : subdued, Definitely vegetal with green peppers up front, some cooked agave, mint, sugary and farmy at the end.
Taste : after reading Johnny’s review, all I taste is green flavored freezies. The power of suggestion….
Finish : medium and dry with some smoke.
Wish the volume on the nose was slightly notched up, otherwise very solid Tep.

Mansson

Mansson

71 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars5 months ago

Distilled June 2018. Vegetal and earthy with peppers, burnt wood and spices. Quite dry. Well-balanced and easy to drink.

Jonny

Jonny

436 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars1 year ago

Green aromas: Green peppers, bell peppers, jalapenos, and sweet pepper. Palate is a bit of a left turn but not drastic. Still lots of pepper but also some burnt ash, over-roasted peppers, and black pepper. There’s some notes of green freeze pops, with a bit of lime and citrus.

kozinnski

kozinnski

14 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars1 year ago

Bell peppers, chalk, stone, pencil shavings, leafy greens, cilantro. Green, earthy, and vegetal to the max.

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