All of the mezcales in the Mal Bien family have been selected for the sense of place that they express. In each sip you’ll find the land where the plants were raised, the techniques that have become tradition in the village where it was distilled, and the experience of the mezcalero who produced it.

Don Lucio Morales López, Espadín

Our everyday sipper, and go-to for cocktails, .

 
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Mezcal is a great primer for the kind of deep thoughts that make you want to turn off your cellphone and lose track of time, which works out perfectly when you visit the town of San Dionisio Ocotepec, Oaxaca, where they more than a few palenques, hardly any cell service, and listening to the locals speak Zapotec, you’ll will be as likely to check the century as the hour. 

Don Lucio and his sons represent the third and fourth generations of mezcaleros in the Morales Family, and the first to work entirely with agave grown by the family.

The finished product is a beautiful, easy drinking mezcal that is true to the place and people who created it. Complex enough to be enjoyed on its own, at 90.1 proof it’s also assertive enough to shine through in cocktails where lower ABV mezcales can easily get lost.

This is our everyday sipper, and the "gateway mezcal” we offer friends who are just becoming familiar with the flavors and history of the category.

TASTING NOTES
Smell: roasted meat, ground corn, lime pith, pine tar
Sip: leather, caramelized banana
Swallow: mineral, barley

Espadín, Don Juan Hernández Méndez

Our everyday sipper, and the "gateway mezcal” we offer friends who are just becoming familiar with the flavors and history of the category.

 
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Our first release comes from a corner of Oaxaca where the road signs are in Spanish, but most of the locals still speak Zapoteco - especially when there's a pair of suspicious looking dudes from California hanging around. On the edge of Santiago Matatlán, the modern center of mezcal production, fifth generation mezcalero Don Juan Hernández Méndez and his family distill a range of beautiful mezcales in a very not-modern way.

The Hernández family grows nearly all of their own espadín on a hillside plot of land, which has been patiently acquired and passed down over the nearly 200 years the family has been making mezcal.

The finished product is a beautiful, easy drinking mezcal that is true to the place and people who created it. Complex enough to be enjoyed on its own, at 91.4 proof it’s also assertive enough to shine through in cocktails where lower ABV mezcales can easily get lost.

This is our everyday sipper, and the "gateway mezcal” we offer friends who are just becoming familiar with the flavors and history of the category.

TASTING NOTES
Smell: roasted meat, ground corn, lime pith, pine tar
Sip: leather, caramelized banana
Swallow: mineral, barley

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