Dixeebe Cuishe releases are limited batches produced by legendary maestro mezcalero Valentin Cortes in Santiago Matatlan, Oaxaca.
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About this mezcal
Dixeebe Cuishe is produced by Valentin Cortes in Santiago Matatlan, Oaxaca. The Maguey Cuishe (Agave karwinskii) used in this mezcal are cooked in an underground pit oven, milled by tahona, and double distilled in a copper still.
Cuishe was one of four Dixeebe mezcals released as part of the US launch in March 2022.
Dixeebe Mezcal (pronounced “dee-sh-bay”) is a project from Asis Cortes and his father, Valentin Cortes. Their family has been producing mezcal in the Santiago Matatlán region of Oaxaca for at least 180 years. The two of them are perhaps most well-known in Mexico and internationally for their previous work with Mezcal El Jolgorio and Nuestra Soledad. Asis and Valentin have now moved on from the Casa Cortes brands and are focused on Dixeebe, along with Asis’ brand in Durango: Origen Raiz. Asis and his father decided to launch Dixeebe as a way to reconnect with their past and support their traditions in the future. The brand launched internationally in March 2022 where it is sold in 375ml bottles. Asis had the idea of smaller bottles to make premium mezcal more accessible.
According to the Asis, Dixeebe is a ceremony of honor of respect and love, the purest thanks to culture, their tradition and their ancestors, a great veneration of liquid, a gift from the gods to men, and an offering from men to the gods. To take a deeper dive into the meaning of Dixeebe, check out the video Asis Cortes Explains Dixeebe.
Learn more about Dixeebe:
- Asis Cortés’ second act on Mezcalistas
- Ep 321 – Asis Cortes: If You Draw It, They Will Come on Show de Vie podcast
Full Disclosure: We (the Mezcal Reviews team) are passionate supporters of Asis Cortes and Mezcal Dixeebe. In early 2021, our admiration evolved into a rare opportunity to invest. As small minority stakeholders of Mezcal Dixeebe, we will not publish our personal reviews. We also promise to not showcase the brand in a biased way on this website. Salud and Dixeebe y’all!
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An above average Cuishe. Enjoyable but not earth shattering. On the fence about buying a bottle
Zack Klamn512 reviews
Nose – Vegetal, jalapeño/green pepper-ish like a Tepeztate.
Palate – Vegetal again. Floral aspect of a karwinski intertwined. White pepper. More floral notes in the finish. Great stuff!
Tasted alongside the Dixeebe lineup at Puro Burro and what a beautiful expression. Soft, floral, summer fruit, and somehow gave me a cooling mouthfeel. Maybe the last part was because I was at the end of a long tasting but this one was memorable and worth a shot should you get the opportunity. Haven’t seen bottles in the US just yet 🙁
This is a light, tropical Cuishe, the karwinski type. I get tasty notes of strawberries and bananas. Definitely worth a try. I’ve been really impressed with everything I’ve tried from Diexbee.
Batch 2. Stunningly beautiful Mezcal! Delicate and soft and light and fresh. This reminded me of being on an empty beach with a cool breeze walking across crushed oyster shells. I absolutely love this one.