Agave Madrecuixe is one of several varieties in the Agave Karwinskii family. Between the different sub-varieties, there are different ratios of stalk to piña, which can affect the final flavor. The starches in the stalk are structured differently, such that they do not always break down completely during the roasting process. As such, mezcals from these varieties can result in mezcales that do have a core of agave sweetness that most connoisseurs will recognize, but there is also an overall dry or starchy quality to the mezcales that can linger on the palate. Madrecuixe typically has a larger piña than most, resulting in mezcales that do have that starchy finish, but a touch more sweetness and body than a more narrow plant like a Cuixe.

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