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Mal Bien Verde – Ramos

Mal Bien Verde is made by the father-son duo Victor and Emanuel Ramos, who have been producing for brands like Mezcaloteca (Mezcalosfera) for many years

Rating: (9 reviews)
Category:Destilado de Agave
Brand:Mal Bien Mezcal
Mezcalero:Emanuel Ramos, Victor Ramos
Maguey:Verde
Agave:Rhodacantha
Grind:Tahona
Distillation:Refrescador
Style:Joven
State:Oaxaca
Town:Miahuatlan
ABV: 52%
Website: https://www.mezcalmalbien.com/
About this destilado de agave

Mal Bien Verde – Ramos is made by Victor and his son Emanuel. They are the 3rd and 4th generations of the Ramos 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 Cortes family via Victor’s wife (Emanuel’s mother), Cleotilde, whose sister Cesilia is married to Felipe.

The maguey Verde (agave Rhodacantha) used in this mezcal are cooked for 8-10 days in an underground pit oven with Encino and Mesquite. Once cooked, the agave rest 3-5 days before being mashed by ox drawn tahona. They’re fermented with open air yeasts for 3-8 days before being double distilled in a copper refrescadera still.

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

4.17 out of 5


SwatSaladin

SwatSaladin

18 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars2 weeks ago

Batch 1118AC
Elegant aromas of fresh cucumber, dandelion, unripe honeydew, and pickled peppers–sort of a sweet green profile as opposed to an herbal/vegetal green profile. The cucumber comes through distinctively on the palate, along with peppercorn (in flavor and in sensation), and well-salted roasted vegetables.

This is a cool mezcal with great complexity, though the flavor profile isn’t precisely my cup of tea.

El-Dawg

El-Dawg

54 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars1 month ago

Not enough can be said about how GREEN and bright and classically smooth this one is. Can’t believe it’s a 52% ABV, as I don’t get any ethanol or strong alcohol kicks. Green peppers and some sweetness – peaches perhaps. Some mint, slight pepper & spice hint. Light, clean, and CRISP on finish – bravo! Lote: 0218

donpedro

donpedro

26 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars4 months ago

Batch 0218; 256 bottles; distilled in Feb. 18, bottled in May 18

Wow. Loads of green notes on the nose – green bell pepper, jalapeño, spearmint. Hints of black pepper as well. Jalapeño and more green peppers on the palate with undertones of sweetness. There is almost a floral note that I can’t place – perhaps it’s the cypress from the open ferment. Beautifully balanced with no alcohol burn, even at 52%. Delicate and complex – a bottle I have found myself returning to every evening since acquiring it. This is a delight every time I try it.

Batch 0218; 256 bottles; distilled in Feb. 18, bottled in May 18
Wow. Loads of green notes on the nose – green bell pepper, jalapeño, spearmint. Hints of black pepper as well. Jalapeño and more green peppers on the palate with undertones of sweetness. There is almost a floral note that I can’t place – perhaps it’s the cypress from the open ferment. Beautifully balanced with no alcohol burn, even at 52%. Delicate and complex – a bottle I have found myself returning

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Gregg T&T

Gregg T&T

57 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars4 months ago

My fav of what I’ve had from Mal Bien thus far. I get fresh cut green peppers and actually an underlying nose of berries. Cooked agave, white pepper and an amazing heat that kicks around your moth forever.

Derekac7

Derekac7

17 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars5 months ago

Very impressive! Bright, green, vegetal, spicy, and well rounded. Doesn’t change but in a good way. This is very well made and, for the price, it’s punching above its weight class.

Cwschaal

Cwschaal

4 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars10 months ago

One of the best things I tasted in 2019. Fresh, Bright, GREEN aromas – everything green – spearmint, green bell peppers, lime zest, tarragon, jalapeno, ripe kiwi. Complex and punchy, rounded out by an underlying sweetness. Well crafted, exceptional value and not a varietal you see everyday. Label says this Rhodacantha but skews more like a Karwinski as other reviewers have noted. Cant recommend this one enough

COak

COak

97 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars12 months ago

Taste like a Karwinskii, but it’s not! Wonderful nose. The flavors that stand out are molasses and green veggies. Big fan of what the Ramos family is making.

Tyler

Tyler

404 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars1 year ago

Tasty. Green. Bright. Doesn’t seem like 50+% ABV. Spearmint. 7 Up. Not sure which Karwinskii I would compare this to but I’m enjoying it.

Jonny

Jonny

439 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars1 year ago

Smells incredible. Aromas of green peppers, fresh broccoli, potatoes and other root vegetables, my grandmother’s books, and lavender. The palate is soft with notes of sugar cookies, pumpkin bread, lots of green, fresh green vegetables. This has some heat but very nice.

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