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Mal Bien Green Tape "Victor + Emmanuel Ramos" K&L Exclusive Batch 1119VFR Arroqueno Mengoli De Morelos Mezcal (750ml) (Previously $100)

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The Ramos Family doesn't usually have much Arroqueno, but you can see a few massive plants as you walk you walk through their fields. The massive sword like leaves tower above all but the tallest Karwkinskii and their ashy color distinguishes them from other A. Americana in the field. The 2019 harvest only yielded about 100 liters and the family consumed or sold about half of it in the 4 months between when it was distilled and when we arrived. One taste and you'll know exactly why. This excellent example of the already well-liked varietal offers an incredible example of how subtle phenological differences in Agave can affect flavor. The Sierra Negra was harvested and distilled just a month later than this batch and from the same species of plant, offers a completely different profile than the mineral-driven Arroqueno. Like all of Ramos' mezcals, the agaves are roasted for six days in their underground ovens over encino, palo de aguila, yegareche and mesquite wood. The cooked agave 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. Only 54 bottles of this exceptional mezcal exist.

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By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/28/2020 | Send Email
To the untrained eye the Sierra Negra and Arroqueno plant look similar, but to the master who cultivate them they couldn't be more distinct. That physiological difference translates to a completely different character on the palate, although the balance between fruit, pepper and mineral qualities is a theme across both varietals. More fresh cooked agave here than the Sierra Negra, with bold green pepper and savory dried tamarind. The front palate is leathery and filled with bold minerality, a much bigger kick than the Sierra and tons of dark smoky fruit. There are few side by sides more interesting that this and it's cousin Batch 1219VFR, but of course both will be gone very quickly so don't wait.

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