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El Yope Cuixe

El Yope Cuixe is made by Don Ismael Rosales. Though his family has produced mezcal for generations, it's just now being bottled for wider distribution.

About this mezcal

El Yope Cuixe is made with maguey Cuixe (agave Karwinskii) in San Baltazar Chichicapam, Oaxaca. Mezcalero Don Ismael Rosales cooks his agave in an underground pit oven, crushes his agave with a tahona, ferments in wooden tubs, and double distills in a copper still.

El Yope Mezcal

El Yope holds both Kosher and Organic Certifications for small batch mezcal that include agave Espadin, Tobala, Madrecuixe, Tepextate, Mexicano, Arroqueno, and Cuishe. Their tradition dates back four generations with the production of mezcal that was originally sold locally or consumed by family and friends. Originally all of the agave used in their mezcal grew wild, but eventually demand increased as they began to sell in the markets of San Bartolomé Zogocho and Tlacolula de Matamoros. Their mezcal remains faithful to these generations of tradition, preserving the form of craft production, honoring their family tradition, and showing respect towards mezcal and love for their culture and roots. The family’s current palenque expansion is largely funded by one of the sons who owns an IT recruiting firm in Mexico City.

Member rating

3.5 out of 5

2 reviews



708 reviews
Rated 3 out of 5 stars5 years ago

Lot DIYH. A bit harsh on the nose with aromas of nail polish, lilac, and marshmallow. The palate is much softer than the nose. Flavor notes of flowers, oranges, and pineapple. Lots of fruit and some smoke.



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Rated 4 out of 5 stars6 years ago

Smells delicious. This is bright and floral. Tangerine and lavender. A dry finish.

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