Madre Mezcal, a new offering via Craft Beer Guild Distributing of Connecticut, Blueprint Spirits division, is created at the Garcia Morales Ranch, nestled in the rolling hills of the Oaxacan Sierra mountains. Produced by Jose Garcia Morales and his family, the blended mezcal is a traditional Zapotec recipe. Handmade in the hills of San Dionisio, Oaxaca, the family has been cultivating agave on their land in Oaxaca for centuries, creating high-quality, small-batch artisanal mezcal. Madre Mezcal is distilled from agave Espadín and agave Cuishe using a family heirloom copper pot still. These agaves are roasted in an earthen pit before being fermented with local well water and wild mountain yeast. Agave Cuishe (or Cuixe) is a wild agave in the Karwinskii family that includes Madre-cuishe and Barril. It grows in cylindrical, stalk-shaped piña, with leaves spreading at the top, and is often slightly smaller than Madre-cuishe, yielding intensely flavored mezcal with high minerality and spice notes.