Destilados (Agave Spirits)
Polished, pure, luxurious mezcales made by local producers, using all-natural techniques
An association of maestro mezcaleros
The Origin Story
The spirit and the life
Mezcal is the lifeblood of Oaxaca. This area of Mexico has long relied on mezcal in all areas of life - for employment, celebrations, religious ceremonies, and traditional medicine. Mezcal-producing families have been living on the same area of land for generations, growing agaves and distilling mezcal, using ancient and all-natural techniques. Cuish is a network of rural producers across the region who are dedicated to the production and commercialization of traditional Oaxacan mezcales.
An individual experience
Each village in Oaxaca has its own unique way of producing mezcal. Each variety of agave has a distinct character that separates itself from the rest. Cuish celebrates and highlights these differences, shining a spotlight on each individual batch of mezcal it produces. With many agave varieties taking about 10 - 20 years to mature, mezcal production is a process that takes patience, persistence, and a skilled hand. This expertise is present in every single bottle.
A wilderness of agave
Oaxaca is home to the most diverse selection of agave varieties in the world. Throughout this land you will find vast fields of wild and cultivated agave plants each with their own unique characteristics and flavour. Whether it’s the smoky, fruity flavours of the Espadin variety, the milky candy flavours of Papalometl, complex minerality of Tepextate, or the herbal sweetness of Tobala, the people who live there have learned to showcase these natural flavours to perfection.
The secret sauce
Sharing a good thing
Thanks to its strong network of local producers, Cuish was able to open a mezcaleria in the centre of Oaxaca City, selling the mezcales produced by the families and maestros in the group. Now, branching out into online sales, they hope to share their love of mezcal with the rest of the world and let people discover the unique flavours of Oaxaca for themselves.