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Mal de Amor Tepextate / Cuishe

Mal de Amor Tepextate / Cuishe is produced in a beautiful palenque that is owned and operated by Armando Hernandez and his brother Alvaro.

About this mezcal

Mal de Amor Tepextate / Cuishe is produced by Maestro Mezcalero Armando Hernandez and his brother Alvaro in Santiago Matatlán, Oaxaca. Armando and Alvaro are 3rd generation Maestro Mezcaleros. They grew up making mezcal with their father, learning the techniques handed down from their grandfather. They double distill all their mezcal in 250 liter copper pot stills.

Mal de Amor Mezcal

Mal de Amor Mezcal is a Zapotec-family-owned brand from Santiago Matatlán, Oaxaca. The palenque is just off the main paved road on the outskirts of town, and it features a full restaurant, a robust barrel aging program, and a small bottling and labelling room. The agave used for production at Mal de Amor come from a variety of different lands in Oaxaca which allows for a rich diversity in expressions to include different terroir. Portions of the family owned land is used to maintain the sustainability of agave for future generations.

We visited this palenque a few years ago and wrote about it in our blog post A Tour with Oaxacking: Mezcal Ilegal, Convite, Pulque, and More.

2 reviews

4.25 out of 5

Zack Klamn

Zack Klamn

369 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars4 months ago

Nose – Spiced apple. Ginger rock candy.

Palate – A kick-start spiciness (minty heat with short lasting serrano punch) from the Tepeztate. Fruit cocktail syrup sweetness. Greenspoint’s perceptive mention of sunflower seeds really comes out in the finish for me – it’s like a chewing on smoked and seasoned Spitz and adding just a touch of cayenne pepper.

This one ounce sample wasn’t enough for me – I may have to hit up Tahona Mercado for a whole bottle. 🙂

Nose – Spiced apple. Ginger rock candy.
Palate – A kick-start spiciness (minty heat with short lasting serrano punch) from the Tepeztate. Fruit cocktail syrup sweetness. Greenspoint’s perceptive mention of sunflower seeds really comes out in the finish for me – it’s like a chewing on smoked and seasoned Spitz and adding just a touch of cayenne pepper.
This one ounce sample wasn’t enough for me – I may have to hit up Tahona Mercado for a whole bottle.

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GreenspointTexas

GreenspointTexas

323 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars4 months ago

I.Love. the mouthfeel on this lineup. Smells of white peaches and basil. Taste is sunflower seeds, more peaches, some wet dirt road? This is awesome. Can still taste it

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