Dixeebe Tepeztate releases are limited “reserva familiar” batches produced by legendary maestro mezcalero Valentin Cortes in Santiago Matatlan, Oaxaca.
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About this mezcal
Dixeebe Tepeztate is produced by Valentin Cortes in Santiago Matatlan, Oaxaca. The maguey Tepeztate (agave Marmorata) 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 120 bottles.
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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Strong tepeztate nose that I love. Powerful notes of jalapeno, pepper, and some olive brine. Love the complexity of the nose. More of the same on the taste, but with an added creaminess. This is a newer batch that I believe has been rested in glass since 2017.
An iconic Tep. Bone marrow meat butter had a baby with chartreuse barrel aged IPA. Borderline incredible.
Tried batch 1 & 2 next to each other. They tasted a bit different but both really good. Batch 2 was the best. Like Rakhal, I got too distracted by the delicious agave to write good tasting notes. So much flavor and complexity. Stands up to some of the best Tepeztates on the market.
Zack Klamn512 reviews
Nose – Pleasant, wet forest. Sweetness of a mandarin orange.
Palate – Perfectly ripe banana. Baking spices. Vegetal note of a green bell pepper. None which overpower one another. Exceptional balance. Big rock candy and a touch of sea salt in a long finish. Ridiculously smooth from beginning to end.
Gregg T&T100 reviews
Nose in out of this world. Jalapeno, mint, must and wet earth. Bell peppers, lemongrass and green bananas on the palate. Top Tep for sure.
Batch 2. This is one of the best Tepextate’s that I’ve ever had. I only had a half ounce pour and I was so stunned by how amazing it was that I forgot to figure out any tasting notes. I just closed my eyes and enjoyed it until the last glorious drop. When I opened my eyes and looked at my notes all I had written was “Magic Unicorn Tears”. This is a desert island bottle for me.
Tried 2nd edition lot. Amazing tepeztate. Right from the start, the nose shows a lot of citrus, spice and very herbal. Very well bodied.