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Mal de Amor Cuishe Artesanal Mezcal
Size750mL Proof90 (45% ABV)
After emigrating, the Hernández brothers returned to Mexico to run the Mal de Amor Palenque, which sits on the outskirts of Santiago Matatlán, Oaxaca. There, they craft artisanal terroir mezcal using traditional methods. This expression was distilled from karwinskii agaves.
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About Mal de Amor Cuishe Artesanal MezcalThe Hernández brothers were raised in Oaxaca, Mexico ― the birthplace of Mezcal. Naturally, the Zapotec brothers grew to love the local culture and traditions, taking pride in the land as well as recognizing the importance of the agave and the famous Mexican spirit. They were forced to emigrate due to the economic conditions in their homeland. While away, they never forgot their origins, constantly dreaming of a time when they would return home. They would finally return as the Palenque Mal de Amor was constructed.
Based in Santiago Matatlán, Oaxaca, Mal de Amor is a family-owned distillery where the Hernandezes craft artisanal mezcal. On the same grounds, not more than a stone's throw from the town, you'll find their authentic Oaxacan restaurant, aging facilities, as well as the bottling and labeling part of the Palenque. There, they craft authentic terroir mezcals from various types of agaves that come from different lands in Oaxaca.
Geared towards sustainability, Maestro Mezcalero Armando Hernández watches over the production. Himself a 3rd generation mezcalero, Hernández relies on traditional methods, handed down by his father and his grandfather before that. This means that the agave is slowly roasted underground for 4 to 5 days. Then, it is crushed by a horse-drawn tahona mill and left to naturally ferment for 5 to 10 days. Afterwards, they are double-distilled using 250-liter copper-pot stills and rested before finally being bottled.
Mal de Amor Cuishe is distilled from cuishe (karwinskii) agaves. The terroir mezcal is bottled at 90 proof and features a citrusy, earthy, and smoky flavor profile that is balanced perfectly.
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It can be made from different types of agave in different parts of Mexico, but most of it (60%) comes from the state of Oaxaca. Mezcal offers a large diversity of flavor profiles and ranges between 40 and 55% ABV.
Bright citrus aromas lead the charge on the nose with lime zest, a distinct earthiness, and plenty of smoke. The palate is balanced and sweet with agave and herbal notes, along with a savory side. The notes linger pleasantly on the finish.