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Agave Maximiliana is an agave with mystique. It is seldom used in mezcal, and more commonly found in raicilla. There are three main Maximiliana varieties: típica, pencas caidas, and pico de aguilar. Raiciallero Don Ruben Pena Fuentes was the first to study this agave’s chemical compounds. It is rumored that Don Ruben found that the makeup of this agave is drastically different from any other agave, and that Maximiliana could need to be reclassified in the future. It’s because of these unique chemical compounds (mixed with some heavy urban legend) that many believe in this agave’s medicinal benefits and ability to bring longevity to one’s life.

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