An herbal, easy drinking mezcal from the Agave Karwinskii family. This mezcal has a bit of kick to it with notes of pepper and spices.
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Cuishe (Agave Karwinski) is a wild agave from the Karwinski family. Like all Karwinski agaves, Cuishe is distinctive for its height and tall cylindrical stalk, with the slim agave leaves spreading outward at the top of the plant.
Cuishe will take about 9 to 12 years to fully mature. When ready for harvesting, the oblong piña can be difficult to harvest due to its height relative to the ground. Another quality unique to Cuishe mezcals is that in addition to the piñas, the stalks are also typically included in the roasting and fermentation, which can dramatically influence the flavor profile.
Cuishe often produces a dry, gassy, and herbaceous mezcal with notes of pepper and spice. You may recognize these other agaves from the Karwinski family: Cirial, Tobasiche, Barril, Bicuishe, and Madre Cuishe.
Master Mezcalero: Juan Hernández Méndez
Agave Varietal: Cuishe
Scientific Name: Agave Karwinski
Town / Municipality: Santiago Matatlán
Fermentation: Natural, Open-Vat Fermentation in Wood
Still Type: Copper Alembic
Date of Distillation: December 2017
Number of Liters in Distillation: 200 Liters
Tasting Notes: An herbal, easy drinking mezcal from the Agave Karwinskii family. This mezcal has a bit of kick to it with notes of pepper and spices. Floral, greenery, banana, and chipotle. On the palate, the banana follows through with a hint of cinnamon sticks, clove, and Chinese bitter melon: an understated but natural summoning of the festive spirit and warmth of our favorite holidays.