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El Buho Cuishe tasting notes


  • Location: Santiago Matatlan, Oaxaca
  • Agave: Cuishe
  • Maestro: Octavio Jimenez Monterroza
  • Abv: 48%
  • Tasting keywords: grassy, spicy, dried fruits
  • NOM: 0110X


The nose is full of deep grassy aromas with spices like white pepper peeking through. 


Full flavored in the mouth with more herbal grassiness, deep spice, dried apricot and a touch of wet earth funkiness, it opens up significantly with each sip. A hint of caramel and unsweetened bakers chocolate on the finish are the cherry on top. 


Produced traditionally with in-ground stone horno, wild open air fermentation, tahona, and copper pot distillation at the family palenque in Santiago Matatlan. Agaves were sourced from San Pablo Huixtepec. This batch of 1,297 liters from 2016 was aged 12 months in stainless steel.

Tess Rose Lampert is a wine and spirits educator with a focus on mezcal. She is a frequent contributor to Mezcalistas and has developed programming for Mexico in a Bottle and Spirited Conversations. She has an Advanced Degree from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust, Spanish Wine Educator Certificate, an MA from the University of East Anglia, UK, in Philosophy of Food and Drink and a BA from Bard College in NY.

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