Mezcal Mala Idea Cuishe Silvestre
Mala Idea // Oaxaca, Mexico
"Bad ideas lead to amazing adventures" is the brand message. The adventure here lies in the exploration of Oaxacan terrain to find wild agave species. This mezcal spotlights 100% karwinskii (cirial) agave, harvested at 16-18 years. It is then roasted in traditional clay ovens and fermented with a local strain of yeast, left in exposed pine vats over 5 days. It undergoes double distillation in copper and regional wood, and is bottled fresh without further aging.
Mezcal JovenA spirit distilled from one or more different varieties of agave. Can only be produced in designated areas within 8 different Mexican states. Must be bottled in México. This is unaged or aged in stainless steel or plastic containers before bottling.
"The entry on the palate and nose is of bitter, scorched earth, as though tasting the ground just after a fierce gun fight in a forest. Dark chocolate and chili spices enter the fracas, calming things down a bit. Mineral overtones with some bitter lime and grapefruit peel add an extra layer. Not a terribly cuddly mezcal, but somewhat intriguing in its defiantly un-sweet character and fiery finish. "