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Mal Bien Papalote 750ML

Mal Bien Papalote 750ML

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Mal Bien Papalote 750ML - Mal Bien Papalote is made by Don Antonio Sonido and his son Don Lorenzo Sonido using Papalote (Agave cupreata) grown on the family’s lands in the community of Pantitlán.

Though he distills less papalote than most of his peers, Don Lorenzo still has a talent for cultivating and distilling the plant. This batch is the product of two back-to-back oven loads of papalote grown on the family’s lands in the community of Pantitlán.

Don Antonio started working with maguey and mezcal in his mid-20s, using the wild papalote growing on his family’s land as an “in” with an experienced mezcalero who lived nearby.

Don Antonio continued to hone his craft using other neighbors’ fabricas in exchange for a finished product cut until 2011, when he and his son Lorenzo built the family’s first fabrica. In addition to papalote, the Sonido family also grows some espadín, which is still considered a rarity in the region, having only arrived in the late 2000s.

Don Antonio is credited among his peers as the originator of Borrego mezcal: a “pechuga” that uses lamb along with the local blend of mole botanicals.

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What is the difference between Tequila & Mezcal?

Tequila is a type of mezcal, much like how scotch and bourbon are types of whiskey.

Tequila and mezcal are both types of agave-based spirits that are popular in Mexico, but there are some key differences between the two. Tequila is made exclusively from the blue agave plant, which is primarily grown in the area surrounding the city of Tequila, about 40 miles northwest of Guadalajara. Mezcal, on the other hand, can be made from any type of agave plant, and is often made using traditional, labor-intensive methods.

One of the most noticeable differences between tequila and mezcal is their flavor. Tequila is typically smooth and subtle, with hints of fruit and spices, while mezcal has a more complex, smoky flavor that comes from the roasting of the agave hearts before they are fermented and distilled.

Another difference between the two spirits is their production process. Tequila is typically made using modern industrial methods, while mezcal is often produced using traditional techniques that have been passed down for generations. This can give mezcal a more authentic, artisanal character.

In general, tequila is considered to be a more refined and sophisticated spirit, while mezcal is often viewed as a more rustic and traditional drink. Both are popular in Mexico and are enjoyed around the world, so the best way to decide which one you like is to try them both and see which one suits your tastes.

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California Proposition 65 Warning

Drinking distilled spirits, beer, coolers, wine and other alcoholic beverages may increase cancer risk, and, during pregnancy, can cause birth defects. 
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