Mezcal is a distillate produced with a plant called Agave.

There are many species of Agave, ~ 150 species,

~ 40 are used to produce mezcal,

yet, only 12 species account for ~ 99% of certified mezcal*.

 

Learn about the 12 principal agaves to appreciate mezcal…

12 AGAVE REGIONS

Browse to explore the principal agave regions, examine its differences and special characteristics

Espadín

A. Angustifolia

Verde

A. Salmiana

Cenizo

A. Durangensis

Ancho

A. Cupreata

Tobalá

A. Potatorum

Azul

A. Tequilana

Verde

A. Scabraa

Cuishe

A. Karwinskii

Coyote

A. Americana sp

Jabalí

A. Convallis

Pichumel

A. Marmorata

Mexicano

A. Rhodacantha

Maguey Espadín
A. Angustifolia

'Espadín' Region

Area where maguey 'Espadín' ( A. Angustifolia) grows in Mexico. Brown fading represents density of plants in an area.

'Mezcal' Denomination of origin

Area where a distillate produced with an agave can be legally labelled as mezcal.

Political Boundary

'Espadín' info

  • # 1/45 agaves, ranked by certified export liters of mezcal (~ 2.8Mill. L)
  • # 1/30 agaves, ranked by area covered in Mexico (~ 895K km2)
  • 1 to 2m height
  • 6 to 8 years (Life expectancy / maturity)
  • July to August (Flowering season)
  • 30-1770 meters above sea level

Maguey Verde
A. Salmiana

'Verde' Region

Area where maguey 'Verde' ( A. Salmiana) grows in Mexico. Brown fading represents density of plants in an area.

'Mezcal' Denomination of origin

Area where a distillate produced with an agave can be legally labelled as mezcal.

Political Boundary

'Verde' specs

  • # 3/45 agaves, ranked by certified export liters of mezcal (~ 34K L)
  • # 11/30 agaves, ranked by area covered in Mexico (~ 326K km2)
  • 1.5 to 2.5m height
  • 12 to 16 years (Life expectancy / maturity) March to July (Flowering season)
  • 300-2400 meters above sea level
  • Texto F

Maguey Cenizo
A. Durangensis

'Cenizo' Region

Area where maguey 'Cenizo' ( A. Durangensis) grows in Mexico. Brown fading represents density of plants in an area.

'Mezcal' Denomination of origin

Area where a distillate produced with an agave can be legally labelled as mezcal.

Political Boundary

'Cenizo' specs

  • # 4/45 agaves, ranked by certified export liters of mezcal (~ 33K L)
  • # 23/30 agaves, ranked by area covered in Mexico (~ 137K km2)
  • 0.7 to 1.8m height
  • 10 to 12 years (Life expectancy / maturity) March to June (Flowering season)
  • 650-2560 meters above sea level

Maguey Ancho
A. Cupreata

'Ancho' Region

Area where maguey 'Ancho' ( A. Cupreata) grows in Mexico. Brown fading represents density of plants in an area.

'Mezcal' Denomination of origin

Area where a distillate produced with an agave can be legally labelled as mezcal.

Political Boundary

'Ancho' specs

  • # 4/45 agaves, ranked by certified export liters of mezcal (~ 33K L)
  • # 23/30 agaves, ranked by area covered in Mexico (~ 137K km2)
  • 0.7 to 1.8m height
  • 650-2560 meters above sea level
  • 650-2560 meters above sea level

Maguey Tobalá
A. Potatorum

'Tobalá' Region

Area where maguey 'Tobalá' ( A. Potatorum) grows in Mexico. Brown fading represents density of plants in an area.

'Mezcal' Denomination of origin

Area where a distillate produced with an agave can be legally labelled as mezcal.

Political Boundary

'Tobalá' specs

  • # 7/45 agaves, ranked by certified export liters of mezcal (~ 28K L)
  • # 21/30 agaves, ranked by area covered in Mexico (~ 146K km2)
  • 0.3 to 0.5 m height
  • 300-2600 meters above sea level
  • 300-2600 meters above sea level

Maguey Azul
A. Tequilana

'Azul' Region

Area where maguey 'Azul' ( A. Tequilana) grows in Mexico. Brown fading represents density of plants in an area.

'Mezcal' Denomination of origin

Area where a distillate produced with an agave can be legally labelled as mezcal.

Political Boundary

'Azul' specs

  • # 2/45 agaves, ranked by certified export liters of mezcal (~ 38K L)
  • # 14/30 agaves, ranked by area covered in Mexico (~ 262K km2) • 1.5 to 2m height
  • 1.5 to 2m height
  • 300-1585 meters above sea level
  • 300-1585 meters above sea level

Maguey Verde
A. Scabraa

'Verde' Region

Area where maguey 'Verde' ( A. Scabraa) grows in Mexico. Brown fading represents density of plants in an area.

'Mezcal' Denomination of origin

Area where a distillate produced with an agave can be legally labelled as mezcal.

Political Boundary

'Verde' specs

  • # NA/45 agaves, ranked by certified export liters of mezcal (~ NA L)
  • # 2/30 agaves, ranked by area covered in Mexico (~ 868K km2)
  • 1 to 2 m height*
  • 500-2500 meters above sea level*
  • 500-2500 meters above sea level*

Maguey Cuishe
A. Karwinskii

'Cuishe' Region

Area where maguey 'Cuishe' ( A. Karwinskii) grows in Mexico. Brown fading represents density of plants in an area.

'Mezcal' Denomination of origin

Area where a distillate produced with an agave can be legally labelled as mezcal.

Political Boundary

'Cuishe' specs

  • # 5/45 agaves, ranked by certified export liters of mezcal (~ 31K L)
  • # 27/30 agaves, ranked by area covered in Mexico (~ 61K km2)
  • 0.6 to 1.5 m height
  • 400-1500 meters above sea level
  • 400-1500 meters above sea level

Maguey Coyote
A. Americana sp

'Coyote' Region

Area where maguey 'Coyote' ( A. Americana sp) grows in Mexico. Brown fading represents density of plants in an area.

'Mezcal' Denomination of origin

Area where a distillate produced with an agave can be legally labelled as mezcal.

Political Boundary

'Coyote' specs

  • # 9/45 agaves, ranked by certified export liters of mezcal (~ 6K L)
  • # 9/30 agaves, ranked by area covered in Mexico (~ 327K km2)
  • 1.5 to 2.5 m height
  • 0-2325 meters above sea level
  • 0-2325 meters above sea level

Maguey Jabalí
A. Convallis

'Jabalí' Region

Area where maguey 'Jabalí' ( A. Convallis) grows in Mexico. Brown fading represents density of plants in an area.

'Mezcal' Denomination of origin

Area where a distillate produced with an agave can be legally labelled as mezcal.

Political Boundary

'Jabalí' specs

  • # 10/45 agaves, ranked by certified export liters of mezcal (~ 3K L)
  • # 25/30 agaves, ranked by area covered in Mexico (~ 104K km2)
  • 1 to 1.5 m height*
  • 1000-2000 meters above sea level*
  • 1000-2000 meters above sea level*

Maguey Pichumel
A. Marmorata

'Pichumel' Region

Area where maguey 'Pichumel' ( A. Marmorata) grows in Mexico. Brown fading represents density of plants in an area.

'Mezcal' Denomination of origin

Area where a distillate produced with an agave can be legally labelled as mezcal.

Political Boundary

'Pichumel' specs

  • # 8/45 agaves, ranked by certified export liters of mezcal (~ 14K L)
  • # 28/30 agaves, ranked by area covered in Mexico (~ 57K km2)
  • 1 to 2 m height
  • 340-2112 meters above sea level
  • 340-2112 meters above sea level

Maguey Mexicano
A. Rhodacantha

'Mexicano' Region

Area where maguey 'Mexicano' ( A. Rhodacantha) grows in Mexico. Brown fading represents density of plants in an area.

'Mezcal' Denomination of origin

Area where a distillate produced with an agave can be legally labelled as mezcal.

Political Boundary

'Mexicano' specs

  • # 10/45 agaves, ranked by certified export liters of mezcal (~ 3K L)
  • # 5/30 agaves, ranked by area covered in Mexico (~ 507K km2)
  • 1.7 to 2.5 m height
  • 1400-2200 meters above sea level
  • 1400-2200 meters above sea level

12 LEYENDARY MAESTROS

Let us introduce some of the best mezcaleros, that we have met in the principal agave regions

'Leo'

'Che'

'Ventura'

'Chícharo'

'Aarón'

'Don Lupe'

'Gil'

'Don Catarino'

'Ángel'

'Tucho'

'El Güero'

'Don Francisco'

Maguey
'Espadín'
Online Store

'Leo' Hernández

  • 1 / ~ (500 <) mezcaleros that work with ‘Espadin’
  • ~ 20 years’ experience
  • 5th generation
  • Sierra del Sur, México
  • San Baltazar Guelavila, Oaxaca
Maguey
'Verde'

Online Store

'Che' Hernández

  • 1 / ~ (30 <) mezcaleros that work with ‘Manso’
  • ~ 25 years’ experience
  • 2nd generation
  • Central High Plateau, México
  • Santa Isabel, San Luis Potosí
Mapa del maguey Cenizo en Mexico
Maguey
'Cenizo'

Online Store

'Ventura' Gallegos

  • 1 / ~ (50 <) mezcaleros that work with ‘Cenizo’
  • ~ 20 years’ experience
  • 2nd generation
  • Central High Plateau, México
  • Nombre de Dios, Durango
Maguey
'Ancho'
Online Store

'Chícharo' Obregón

  • 1 / ~ (300 <) mezcaleros that work with ‘Ancho’
  • ~ 15 years’ experience
  • 3rd generation
  • Sierra Madre Occidental, México
  • Mazatlán, Guerrero
Maguey Región Tobalá
Maguey
'Tobalá'

Online Store

'Aarón' Robles

  • 1 / ~ (200 <) mezcaleros that work with ‘Tobalá’
  • ~ 15 years’ experience
  • 1st generation
  • Sierra del Sur, México
  • San Pedro Totolapam, Oaxaca
Maguey
'Azul'
Online Store

'Don Lupe' Pérez

  • 1 / ~ (100 <) mezcaleros that work with ‘Azul’
  • ~ 20 years’ experience
  • 1st generation
  • Sierra Madre Occidental, México
  • Tzitzio, Michoacan
Maguey
'Verde'

Online Store

'Gil' Robles

  • 1 / ~ (20 <) mezcaleros that work with ‘Verde’
  • ~ 20 years’ experience
  • 4th generation
  • Central High Plateau, México
  • Nombre de Dios, Durango
Maguey
'Cuishe'

Online Store

'Don Catarino' Hernández

  • 1 / ~ (100 <) mezcaleros that work with ‘Cuishe’
  • ~ 50 years’ experience
  • 1rd generation
  • Sierra Madre del Sur, México
  • San Jerónimo Taviche, Oaxaca
Maguey
'Coyote'

Online Store

'Angel' Cruz

  • 1 / ~ (30 <) mezcaleros that work with ‘Coyote’
  • ~ 10 years’ experience
  • 5th generation
  • Sierra Madre del Sur, México
  • Sola de Vega, Oaxaca
Maguey
'Jabalí'

Online Store

'Tucho' Hernández

  • 1 / ~ (20 <) mezcaleros that work with ‘Jabalí’
  • ~ 20 years’ experience
  • 5th generation
  • Sierra del Sur, México
  • San Baltazar Guelavila, Oaxaca
Maguey
'Pichumel'

Online Store

'El Güero' Ortega

  • 1 / ~ (50 <) mezcaleros that work with ‘Pichumel’
  • ~ 20 years’ experience
  • 3rd generation
  • Sierra Madre Oriental, México
  • San Luis Atotlotitlán, Puebla
Maguey
'Mexicano'

Online Store

'Don Francisco' García León

  • 1 / ~ (40 <) mezcaleros that work with ‘Mexicano’
  • ~ 40 years’ experience
  • 3rd generation
  • Sierra del Sur, México
  • Miahuatlán, Oaxaca

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