Throughout most of Mexico, the name "cuishe" or "cuixe" is used to describe a sub-species of A. karwinskii, which also includes barril, tobasiche, and a handful of others. In Minas, "cuishe" is the common name for A. rhodacantha, a plant known as "mexicano" in most other parts. The two species don't look anything alike, and the mezcaleros are not confused (they may be the only ones). So long as the mezcal is being made in their town, they will use the name by which it's traditionally known.

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