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Mezcal cuishe

Mezcal cuishe comes from the Karwinskii agave, which its name in Zapotec refers to as “despeinado” or “copete”. Its main characteristic is that it looks like a maguey tree.

This type of mezcal has become a unique variation on its own, since it is derived from 3 other variations of the same Karwinskii agave: Madrecuishe, Bicuishe, and Tobasiche.

The difference between cuishe and madre cuishe lies mainly in the Karwinskii agave, while madrecuishe tends to be bulkier, cuishe tends to be more slender.

Characteristics of cuishe mezcal

  • The cuishe agave is endemic to the arid zones of the valley of Tehuacan and Oaxaca.

  • It takes between 8 to 11 years for this agave to mature.

  • The production of cuishe mezcal follows an artisanal process, similar to other traditional methods, but is distinguished by the type of agave used.

  • The cuishe agave has the peculiarity that it is left to mildew after cooking and before crushing, in order to produce a good mezcal.

  • Mezcals made from this species of maguey are produced exclusively in Oaxaca and southern Puebla.
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Mezcal cuishe and its variants

Mezcal Cuishe

Agave Characteristics:

  • Appears like a “maguey tree.”
  • Takes between 8 and 11 years to mature in the Oaxaca valleys.
  • Great morphological diversity; other names: Madrecuishe, Barril, Cirial.
  • Narrow green-yellowish leaves with black spines.

Aromas:

  • Mineral and herbal.
  • Slight scent of pennyroyal.

Flavor:

  • Citrusy.
  • Smoky.
  • Mineral.

Mezcal Madrecuishe

Agave Characteristics:

  • Belongs to the Karwinskii agave family.
  • One of the most voluminous agaves.
  • Endemic to the Sierra Sur of Oaxaca and the Central Valleys.
  • Rosette that detaches from the ground, with leaves growing along the trunk.

Aromas:

  • Intense, with earthy notes like damp soil.

Flavor:

  • High intensity on the palate.
  • Earthy and slightly smoky flavors.

Mezcal Bicuishe

Agave Characteristics:

  • Belongs to the Karwinskii agave family.
  • One of the most voluminous agaves.
  • Endemic to the Sierra Sur of Oaxaca and the Central Valleys.
  • Rosette that detaches from the ground, with leaves growing along the trunk.

Aromas:

  • Intense, with earthy notes like damp soil.

Flavor:

  • High intensity on the palate.
  • Earthy and slightly smoky flavors.

Mezcal Tobasiche

Agave Characteristics:

  • Grows particularly in the Central Valleys and Sierra Sur of Oaxaca.
  • Commonly cultivated, used as a live fence to divide boundaries.
  • Tree-like shape, with leaves starting at a certain height from the ground and growing upwards along its own trunk.

Aromas:

  • Reminiscent of chamomile and piloncillo.
  • Predominantly mineral aroma.

Flavor:

  • Mineral and herbal flavors.
  • Fruity and slightly toasted aftertaste.

Curiosities of agave cuishe

Unlike other agaves, the Cuishe maguey grows in soils with high calcium content and little rainfall. It does not grow directly on the ground, but has a cylindrical shape with a slender trunk up to four meters high. Although it is a wild agave, it can be adapted for cultivation.

The Cuishe maguey, considered microendemic, has a distribution limited to 132 square kilometers in the arid zones of the Tehuacán Valley and the Central Valleys of Oaxaca, at altitudes between 750 and 2000 meters above sea level. It is also known as Cuixe.

Due to the density of its core and its low water content, mezcal made from Cuishe maguey generally has a marked mineral aroma, with floral notes and a robust herbal flavor. Some experts argue that this mezcal, besides being very aromatic, leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste, so it is not suitable for all palates.

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