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For The Agave Enthusiast: Lesser-Known Agave Spirits

Tue, Aug 01, 23  |  agave spirits

More Agave Spirits

Apart from the more popular agave spirits like tequila, mezcal, and sotol, there are several lesser-known agave spirits that can be worth exploring for agave enthusiasts. These lesser-known spirits are produced in specific regions of Mexico and offer their unique flavor profiles and cultural significance. Some of he lesser-known agave spirits include:

1.    Raicilla: Raicilla is an agave spirit that is produced primarily in the Mexican state of Jalisco, particularly in the regions that surround Puerto Vallarta. Raicilla shares similarities with mezcal but is typically made with a different species of agave. Additionally, Raicilla can vary significantly in flavor, ranging from fruity and floral to smoky and earthy.

2.    Bacanora: Hailing from the Mexican state of Sonora, Bacanora is an agave spirit made from the Agave angustifolia, also known as Agave Pacifica, which is similar to the Espadin agave used in mezcal production. Bacanora has a distinctive smoky flavor and is often produced using traditional methods.

3.    Comiteco: Comiteco is an agave spirit that’s produced in the Mexican state of Chiapas. Made from the Agave comitissa, a specific agave species native to the region, Comiteco has a smooth and delicate flavor profile that often features floral and herbal notes.

4.    Lechuguilla: Lechuguilla as an agave spirit made from the agave Lechuguilla plant, which is native to northern Mexico. Produced in the states of Coahuila, Durango, and Zacatecas, Lechuguilla has a distinctive earthy and vegetal character, with flavors that remind you of the desert.

5.    Cenizo: Cenizo, which can also be known as Durango Sotol or Chihuahuan Sotol, is produced from the Dasylirion cedrosanum plant, which is native to the northern Mexican states of Durango and Chihuahua. Like the Sotol that is made from the Desert Spoon plant, Cenizo has a unique flavor profile with earthy and smoky notes.

6.    Karwinskii: Karwinskii is an agave species that isn’t limited to one area of production but rather it is used to produce agave spirits in various regions of Mexico. Unlike the more common agave species like Espadin or Tobala, Karwinskki offers flavors that can range from fruity to herbal and spicy.

7.    Tuxca: Tuxca is an agave spirit that is made from the Agave salmiana plant, which is primarily found in the Mexican state of San Luis Potosi. Tuxca often has a sweet and herbal flavor profile that differentiates it from other agave spirits.

While the agave spirits listed here are great for enthusiasts looking to try something different, it’s important to note that some of these lesser-known agave spirits may be harder to find outside of Mexico. Some may only be produced in limited quantities as well due to their regional nature. Despite that, they provide an incredible opportunity to explore the diverse world of agave spirits and the traditional methods that contribute to their unique flavors and cultural significance.

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