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Mal Bien Zacatoro – Barranca

Mal Bien Zacatoro from Don Ciro and Javier Barranca was produced in the community of Chilapa de Alvarez, Guerrero.

Rating: (4 reviews)
Category:Destilado de Agave
Brand:Mal Bien Mezcal
Mezcalero:Ciro Barranca, Javier Barranca
Maguey:Sacatoro
Agave:Angustifolia
Grind:Shredder
Distillation:Copper
Style:Joven
State:Guerrero
Town:Chilapa
ABV: 51.3%
Batch size: Lot 0320CB: 24 bottles
Website: https://www.mezcalmalbien.com/, opens in new window

About this destilado de agave

Mal Bien Zacatoro from Don Ciro and Javier Barranca was produced in the community of Chilapa de Alvarez, Guerrero. Don Ciro has been distilling agave spirits longer than most mezcaleros have been alive. His grandson Javier, on the other hand, is relatively new to the family business, having spent much of his 20s in “el norte.” Working together for the past 7 years, theirs is a story of tradition, the passing of generational knowledge and its adaptation in a new era. This release is made with semi-cultivated maguey zacatoro (Agave angustifolia).

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

4.75 out of 5

Tyler

Tyler

532 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars2 months ago

Wild stuff! Instant fan. There is a big citrus note like lemonade with brown sugar or molasses.. almost like an Arnold Palmer with that tea element to balance the citrus. Very interesting flavors. There is a bit of tobacco leaf, rose water, and lavender. One of the best Guerrero mezcals I’ve sipped recently. Not sure about batch number but it was 51.3% ABV.

Jonny

Jonny

537 reviews
Rated 5 out of 5 stars2 months ago

No batch number on the sample I received, but it sounds like Lot 0320CB based on the notes of others. Aromas of New England sugar shacks in the winter, a bit of straw/hay, and hard Parmesan cheeses. The body of this is more like a merlot than any agave spirit I’ve had. Flavors of dates, prunes, molasses, and dark chocolate as bass notes. Sweetart mids, and the treble has this higher layer of dried sage. This is phenomenal. Crazy that this is an Angustifolia.

Zack Klamn

Zack Klamn

369 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars3 months ago

Nose – Melted brown sugar. Unripe banana. Mild parmesan cheese.

Palate – This capon isn’t as funky/harsh as some others I’ve tried. Great heat, feels a tad under the 51% what it’s clocked at. I can really pick up the brown sugar and especially dates (that Rakhal mentioned in his review). This stays beautifully sweet (and a cinnamon spicy heat) the whole way, long into the finish. This gets seriously better the more you sip it – amazing!

Rakhal

Rakhal

317 reviews
Rated 5 out of 5 stars8 months ago

Lot: 0320CB. This is a very special Mezcal. Maybe my favorite expression of Agave Angustifolia that I have ever had. It starts out green but then quickly transforms into this deep rich sweetness that is just beautiful. It’s like an incredibly complex brown sugar, or maybe 10 different brown sugars made from 10 different types of sugar cane. There’s also sticky sweet dates, figs, and prunes. I love this so much. Apparently the batch only yielded 24 bottles, if you see this for sale don’t hesitate.

Lot: 0320CB. This is a very special Mezcal. Maybe my favorite expression of Agave Angustifolia that I have ever had. It starts out green but then quickly transforms into this deep rich sweetness that is just beautiful. It’s like an incredibly complex brown sugar, or maybe 10 different brown sugars made from 10 different types of sugar cane. There’s also sticky sweet dates, figs, and prunes. I love this so much. Apparently the batch only yielded 24 bottles, if you see this for sale don’t he

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