Agave Tepeztate is possibly the most interesting of all agaves, as well as one of the rarest. It takes a very long time to mature, sometimes up to 25-35 years, and prefers to grow on steep grades in rocky soil. Its leaves are broad and wavy. It can often be found hanging horizontally from mountain cliffs. Tepeztate is truly a wild agave, however, due to the species' increasing rarity and potential for endangerment, El Jolgorio's producers are exploring the cultivation of Tepeztate seedlings in a nursery to be re-planted in the wild (i.e. semi-cultivated).
The mezcal yielded by Tepeztate is often categorized as intensely vegetal, herbal, and earthy.