Dixeebe Tobala 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 Tobala is produced by Valentin Cortes in Santiago Matatlan, Oaxaca. The maguey Tobala (Agave potatorum) used in this mezcal are cooked in an underground pit oven, milled by tahona, and double distilled in a copper still.
Tobala was one of four Dixeebe mezcals released as part of the US launch in March 2022. Prior to arriving in the US, edition 1 was just 36 bottles and edition 2 was 90 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!