A word for the first distillation of a mezcal, especially in Oaxaca. This being Mexico and the mezcal world, it’s far from the only word for the first distillation. Last week’s Encyclopedia of Mezcal entry on “ordinario” tells you that much.

Shishe may mean something different in other regions: In Michoacan it means the tails or the last part of the distillation run.

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