Mal Bien Tepextate

The Schtick: Distilled by Felipe and Ageo Cortes for Mal Bien, this bottling of Tepextate agave comes to us from a new project – Agave Mixtape, from their first Batch 001 mixtape box. As a huge Tepextate fan, and an even greater fan of Cortes’ work, this is an exciting bottling, and I’m looking forward to diving in. Let’s get to it.

Review #1745 | Mezcal Review #144

Distiller: Felipe Cortes

Bottler: Mal Bien

Brand: Mal Bien

Selection: Agave Mixtape

ABV: 45.89% ABV

Age: NA

Nose: Bright, crisp jalapeno peppers. Rain water, vinegar, pickled onion, sweet cream and lime zest. Bright, vegetal, peppery, and loaded with complexity.

Taste: Rich on the pepper. Quite a lot of pepper, soap stone, cream. Peppery, honey, green bean and almost a cherry fruit. Papaya, ash and crisp jalapeno. Quite the complexity, and extraordinarily fresh and “tep-like”.

Finish: Long, vegetal, rich and peppery. Big blast of fresh rainwater, bell pepper, and sweetness.

Overall: Whew – so much going on in this expression. The Tepextate character is undeniable and it runs free and unbridled here. So much complexity, vegetation and “freshness”. Nice work.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 7

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