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Mal Bien Green Tape "Victor + Emmanuel Ramos" K&L Exclusive Batch 0318ER Tepextate Mengoli De Morelos, Mezcal (750ml) SKU #1494067

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Tasting Notes

In the early spring of 2019, the K&L buying team travelled to Oaxaca to search for incredible small batch examples from Mexico's very best producers. We visited the Ramos family rancho expecting great things. What we found were three exquisite micro batches offering unprecedented flavor and rarity. The creators of Mal Bien Mezcal are building incredible partnerships with their producers. They've become like family and after sitting with Emmanuel for lunch we ventured into the locked shed behind the house where the family stores their mezcal. This insane batch of Tepextate was distilled in March of 2018 and rested a full two years before bottling exclusively for K&L. The rare varietal is already produced in extremely small quantities and this batch only yielded 65 bottles after being partially consumed over the years by the family and clients who may have made the venture out to Mengoli to buy a few liters at a time. This batch is one of the most powerful Tepextates we've ever had and the dense flavors feel extremely integrated after the exceptionally long resting period. The agaves were harvest wild from the surrounding fields and roasted for six days in the Ramos' underground ovens over encino, palo de aguila, yegareche and mesquite wood. The cooked agave was rested for another week before being crushed on horse drawn tahona. Fermented for 8 days in sabino wood tanks and adjusted only with puntas and colas. This bold expression of Tepextate is one of the best we've had.

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Staff Reviews

  • Jeffrey Jones
    By: Jeffrey Jones
    9/21/2020
    K&L Staff Member
    A delicious, interesting and exciting Mezcal. In the nose there is integrated smoke combined with citrus and savory notes. In the mouth there is a wonderful round mouth feel. The savory flavors dominate with light smoke and citrus notes. It is very complex and there were subtle changes in flavors the two times that I tasted this Mezcal.
  • David Othenin-Girard
    By: David Othenin-Girard
    8/29/2020
    K&L Staff Member
    The big daddy of our Exclusive Green Tapes with a whooping 65 bottles produced. This Tepextate has been rested for more than two years so the pungent greenness that is often associated with the varietal has integrated into something far more complex. The nose is a unending bouquet of fresh tilled earth, bitter roots (gentian and orris), lemon oil, beeswax, pineapple and pink peppercorns. On the palate a bit more of the Tepex "green" character, but still unusually integrate. Ashy smoke, dense dark volcanic rock, powerful dark spice and roasted pepper components (ancho, chipotle). This is an absolute monster that will likely continue to improve in the bottle but offers an incredible and diverse bevy of flavors right out of the gate.

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