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Mal Bien Green Tape "Victor + Emmanuel Ramos" Batch 0418 Tobaxiche (A. Karwinskii) Mezcal (750ml)

SKU #1427450

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 result are some of the most pure agave driven mezcals in Oaxaca. The Ramos family is well known to produce some of the regions very best spirit. They have two underground ovens, one with 13 and the other with 8 tons of capacity. Roasting take between 6 days over oak, alder and mesquite wood. The Tobaxiche 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 with heads and tails of the second distillation - "Puntas y Colas". Distilled in April 2018 and bottled on April 17, 2019. Only 264 bottles were produced of this exceptional mezcal.

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By: Jackson Lee | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/14/2019 | Send Email
The more I explore the world of Tobaxiches the more I realize the range of complexity and mystery they bring to the bottle. Initially, I though this smelled extremely vegetal but as I nosed I found sweet, citrusy notes of tangerine zest and meyer lemon but a buttery note as well. The vegetal notes came in the form of pine needles and grilled green (underripe) pineapple (yes I know it’s a fruit). The palate started off with a very sweet cement flavor followed closely by what I could only describe as walking through a pine forest on a bed of ice plants whilst chewing on a strawberry starburst. It was also way too easy to sip given that it is clocking in around 54% abv. On the finish I got lightly smoked ham, sweet and tingly with a strong, lingering note of freshly cut grass.

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