Mezcal Dixeebe is Asis Cortes’ latest project. He is working with his father, Don Valentín, to release very limited bottlings.
To say that Asis Cortés is one of the hardest working guys in mezcal isn’t an overstatement. Since 2008, he has been on the road, evangelizing mezcal and creating a legion of loyal followers. When he first arrived in the United States almost eight years ago, the category was in its infancy with only a handful of craft brands like Del Maguey and Alipús. Aside from people who had traveled to Oaxaca the spirits world had no understanding of this Mexican elixir.
Asis comes from a long line of mezcal producers shrouded in the mists of local history. His family is something of local royalty and his work has only cemented their importance in the contemporary mezcal world. His tireless evangelization raised the profile of mezcal in general but added a profound note of personalization to it, he brought a bit of Oaxaca to every toast, a touch that stayed with the innumerable people he met.
It’s no mistake that his new venture is named Dixeebe, a Zapotec word that means ‘toast’ in its most simple translation but contains much deeper associations for Asis and the members of his culture.