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Dixeebe Madrecuishe

Dixeebe Madrecuishe are limited release batches produced by legendary maestro mezcalero Valentin Cortes in Santiago Matatlan, Oaxaca.

Rating: (5 reviews)
Brand:Dixeebe Mezcal
Mezcalero:Valentin Cortes
Town:Santiago Matatlán
ABV: 52%
Website: https://www.mezcaldixeebe.com/, opens in new window

About this mezcal

Dixeebe Madrecuishe is produced by Valentin Cortes in Santiago Matatlan, Oaxaca. The maguey Madrecuishe (Agave karwinskii) used in this mezcal are cooked in an underground pit oven, milled by tahona, and double distilled in a copper still. The initial release of this was just 42 bottles.

Madrecuishe was one of four Dixeebe mezcals released as part of the US launch in March 2022.

Dixeebe Mezcal

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.

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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!

Member rating

3.9 out of 5

5 reviews



7 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars2 years ago

3rd edition. Very good. Complex with spice and mid palette.



103 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars2 years ago

Edición 2, 2018. So good all-around! Tasted with Asis at his hotel. I like the creamy smoothness of madrecuixe and this is no exception. It’s floral, Perfumy, with light minerality. It has a good, earthy strong taste with full flavor and good finish.



209 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars3 years ago

Edition 2, 2018:
Wow! Green, vibrant, and notes of orange peel. Reminds me of the best things of a Tepeztate, but with sweet, creamy madrecuixe notes.
Soft and floral, yet full of flavor and complexities. Amazing stuff!
Edition 3 (US import version) :
Really grassy smell…almost like a sotol! Slight pink bubble gum I seem to get with MCs, more sotol tastes, and overall a bit on the dry side. This edition would be more like a 4 star.

Zack Klamn

Zack Klamn

542 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars3 years ago

Nose – Fresh pea pods (like in my grandparent’s garden). Undoubtedly!

Palate – Mouth feel is pillowy soft (not at all viscous though). Vanilla to start then the heat picks up. Garden pea notes hanging round but not as pronounced as in the nose. Finish is quite dry and a bit tangy. Lingering aftertaste is salty combined with cigar smoke.

Overall, enjoyable mezcal but probably better options in this high end range.



421 reviews
Rated 3 out of 5 stars4 years ago

Batch 2. So funky! I would have never guessed that this was a Madrecuishe. This tastes like a cow hide fermented Mezcal. Animally. Wet cow, also some vanilla and pineapple. It wasn’t unpleasant and if I had more I may have grown to love it, but it was my least favorite of the 6 expressions that I tried.

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