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Mal Bien Verde

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: (4 reviews)
Category:Destilado de Agave
Brand:Mal Bien Mezcal
Mezcalero:Emanuel Ramos, Victor Ramos
About this destilado de agave

Mal Bien Verde 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 agave Verde (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.

4 reviews

4 of out 5 stars



4 reviews
3 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



73 reviews
5 months ago

Enjoyable Karwinskii. Wonderful nose. The flavors that stand out are molasses and green veggies. Big fan of what the Ramos family is making.



352 reviews
6 months 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.



361 reviews
6 months 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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