Cenizo is a wild agave that is typically found outside of Oaxaca in the states of Durango, Jalisco, Puebla, and Michoacan. Like other agaves, Cenizo is a product of its terroir, which is usually at altitudes up to 8,500 feet in dry, cold conditions. This agave is a bit tough to categorize as different regions and different brands use the term “Cenizo” to describe different things. For example, agave Tobala (potatorum) in Puebla is often called Cenizo and the El Jolgorio Cenizo (from Oaxaca) is actually referring to an agave Karwinskii, similar to an agave Cuishe or Madrecuishe. Typically, Cenizo from Durango and Michoacan are referring to an agave Durangesis, but occasionally an agave Americana.
In 2018, the Consejo Regulador del Mezcal (CRM) decided to restrict the “Cenizo” classification to only the agave Cenizo from the state of Durango.