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Mal Bien Green Tape "Victor + Emmanuel Ramos" Batch 0518 Madrecuixe (A. Karwinskii) Mezcal (750ml) (Previously $90)

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Father and son team Victor and Emmanuel are 3rd and 4th generation to distill in Mengoli de Moreals. Their palenque was set up 20 years ago and before that they worked at their grandfather's, Pablo Ramos Sanchez. This area, Miahuatlan, is renowned for the abundance of Karwainski (Madrecuixe, bicuixe, tobaxiche) and the use of an unusual additional apparatus on their copper potstills called the "refrescador". The refrescador sits on top of the potstill like a mini water-cooled column. It catches and condenses the heaviest spirits as form further rectifying the spirit slightly, but also adding depth. The results are some of the most pure agave-driven mezcals in Oaxaca. The Ramos family is well-known to produce some of the region's very best spirits. They have two underground ovens, one with 13 and the other with 8 tons of capacity. Roasting takes 6 days over oak, alder, and mesquite wood. The Madrecuixe is cooled for 6-7 days before milling on an ox drawn tahona. Fermented in open sabino vats for 4-8 days using local well water. After double distillation, adjustment is done with heads and tails of the second distillation - "Puntas y Colas". Distilled in May 2018 and bottled on April 18, 2019. Only 263 bottles were produced of this exceptional mezcal.

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By: Jackson Lee | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/12/2019 | Send Email
The nose on this was a cacophony of variously cooked fruits like charred pineapple, roasted strawberry and apple combined with underlying hint of vanilla (so weird), and pine forest as the more volatile esters dissipate. The palate doesn’t stray from the weirdness; it’s soft and sweet until the heat hits you at the end. In between you’re treated to kiwi fruit, blue cotton candy and another hint of that vanilla creaminess before you reach the finish. At the end it dries up like a cement sidewalk on a hot day, which nicely compliments the sweetness you get on the nose and palate. Definitely a fun mezcal you should pick up if you like the fruitier side of the spectrum.

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