Mal Bien Green Tape "Felipe + Ageo Cortes" Batch 0618 Tepextate (A. Marmorata) Mezcal (750ml)

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Father and son team Felipe and Ageo are 3rd and 4th generation to produce excellent mezcal in Miahuatlan. Their small community of Mengoli de Morelos happens to have some of Oaxaca's best distillers. This area is renowned for the abundance of Karwainski (Madrecuixe, bicuixe, tobaxiche) and an unusual additional piece on their copper potstills called the "refrescador". This odd apparatus sits on top of the potstill like a mini water cooled column, though the Cortes do not use plates inside the apparatus. It catches and condenses the heaviest spirits as form further rectifying the spirit slightly, but also adding depth. The result are some of the most pure agave driven mezcals in Oaxaca. The Cortes family has been working on this particular palenque for 30 years. They have two underground ovens, one with 5 and the other with 9 tons of capacity. Roasting take between 8-10 days and includes encino, yegareche, mesquite and palo de aguila wood. The Tepextate is milled on an ox driven tahona immediately after roasting unlike their other agaves which are cooled for several days in advance of milling . Fermented in open sabino vats for 3-8 days using local well water. After double distillation adjustment is with heads and tails of the second distillation - "Puntas y Colas". Distilled in June of 2019 and bottled April 17, 2019. Only 266 bottles produced.

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By: Jackson Lee | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/8/2019 | Send Email
After spending decades in the ground, tepextate’s are a wonder and privilege to enjoy. The nose on this comes off way hotter than how it drinks. Notes of pinewood, honey smoked ham, freshly cut flowers, and watermelon rind ride the fumes out of the glass but sipping it is a different experience entirely. Smooth and sweet, this is a bottle that could go down dangerously fast if you’re not paying attention. Ice plants and smoked honey are the large players here that compete against a fruity sweetness that just keeps you wanting more. At this price, you’d be hard pressed to pass up owning this bottle.

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