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Mezcal

Also spelt Mescal, Mezcal is a distilled drink made from the maguey plant, which is a type of Agave. This Mexican libation is mostly made in the region of Oaxaca, where there is a saying, "for everything bad, mezcal, and for everything good, too." It's an amusing saying, but perhaps symptomatic of a deeper-rooted problem. Mezcal is usually consumed neat, and it has a smoky flavour. It is quite similar to Tequila in many respects, though they are both made from different varieties of Agave. Mezcal is also produced to a much smaller scale. First the Maguey plants are harvested, and the hearts (or "piñas") are extracted. These are then cooked for three days near open fires, which gives the drink the smoky flavour. They are then crushed, mashed and fermented prior to a single distillation. Mezcal often features a small larva/worm in the bottle (the bottles will be labelled "con gusano" - "with worm"), which is most likely a marketing ploy invented in the mid 20th Century. Typically the bottle will be drunk, and the left over worm will be eaten. In Mexico the drink is enjoyed neat, though there are many cocktails to which it is suited.

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A bottle of mezcal which comes with a little bottle filled with a whole mess of worms, so never again will anyone feel left out at not getting to crunch down on a preserved larva. God bless us...  More info
$40.90
Ilegal Reposado
(50cl, 40%)
This is a delicious Reposado Mezcal from the Ilegal company. It's distilled at Destileria Tlacolula in Oaxaca, Mexico, and is double distilled in copper stills. It's then aged in American oak before...  More info
$72.93
A single village Mezcal from the top producers Del Maguey, this stuff is twice distilled from 100% Agave Espadin, and it's bottled unblended in a "time-honoured" 400 year old way.  More info
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$63.58
A Joven (young) Mezcal, La Penca is distilled from Salmaina (a type of Maguey agave) and it's aged in white oak barrels and bottled in a lovely hand blown bottle, complete with the prerequisite: a...  More info
User Rating:  Rating (4.5/5)
$66.16
A spectacular starter Mezcal for those looking to get into the traditional spirit, QuiQuiRiQui Matatlan Mezcal is a grandstand of classic flavours, from smoky to sugary sweet, from earthy notes to a...  More info
$64.13
With a tagline like "Drink Mezcal, Hail Satan", QuiQuiRiQui are taking a radical approach to showing off their wickedly good Mezcal. Made using traditional methods with Espadin on the riverbank at San...  More info
$72.43
Part of Del Maguey's single village Mezcal range, which showcases the affect different climates and growing environments have on Mezcal production. This small batch comes from the town Chichicapa...  More info
$106.59
Del Maguey Minero Mezcal
(70cl, 49.10%)
A delicious single village Mezcal made in Santa Catarina Minas in Oaxaca. This is an unblended spirit, Minero is distilled in a still made of clay and bamboo!  More info
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$106.59
Ilegal Añejo
(50cl, 40%)
"This stuff's so good it should be Ilegal [sic]"Chortle chortle, merriment and mirth. Oh, but seriously though, this is a very tasty mezcal, made in Tlacolula in Mexico's Oaxaca region. It was twice...  More info
$102.76
Enmascarado 54
(70cl, 54.50%)
The Enmascarado is a Silver Mezcal made using organic agave plants baked in an underground oven before the juice is double distilled in copper pot stills to 54.5%abv by master craftsman Don Guillermo...  More info
$158.27
An intriguing Mezcal made using the Tobalá maguey, which are much smaller than their Espadin or Azul counterparts. This traditional Mexican spirit is double distilled in copper pot stills, resulting...  More info
$203.38
Another single village Mezcal from Del Maguey, this one featuring maguey Arroqueño. It is double-distilled in an ancient-style clay still with bamboo tubing. A floral, fig-filled, vanilla rich Mezcal.  More info
$172.20
An unusual and delicious sipping Mezcal from Del Maguey. This spirit is named "Pechuga", which means chicken breast - a reference to the third distillation, in which a basket of fruit and a chicken...  More info
$250.83
Mezcal San Cosme
(70cl, 40%)
A close relative to tequila, mezcal can be made with one of 8 different types of agave, whereas tequila can only be made with blue agave. It's also very tasty and traditional (kind of like a Cornish...  More info
$80.24
A superb single estate Mezcal from Del Maguey. This was produced at Santo Domingo Albarradas, which is located in the Mixe region in southern Oaxaca.  More info
$106.59
Los Danzantes (The Dancers) distillery in Mezcal's home, Oaxaca, produced artisan Mezcal made in traditional ways. This is their unaged expression, made with 100% espadin agave. Smoky, spicy and...  More info
$107.43
Sombra
(70cl, 45%)
Hailing from the Rio Hormiga Colorada valley of Mexico, Sombra is a Mezcal (kind of like Tequila but more rustic) that is made from the Espadin Agave which is a cactus-like plant that is actually...  More info
$122.88
A limited edition, small batch, single village Mezcal from the remote town of San Luis del Rio in the state of Oaxaca. This is a mature, robust spirit from Del Maguey, with a lovely fruity, earthy...  More info
$172.88
A five year old, 100% agave Mezcal awarded the coveted title "Best Mezcal in the USA Market" in 1997. The Lajita company was founded by Don Jose Vallnueva, and he has spent his life developing the...  More info
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$47.93
Enmascarado 45
(70cl, 45.20%)
The Enmascarado, or 'Masked Hero', is a Silver Mezcal made using organic agave plants baked in an underground oven before the juice is double distilled in copper pot stills by master craftsman Don...  More info
$122.88
Ven A Mi Joven
(70cl, 40%)
The Ven A Mi Joven is a Mezcal, which is a Tequila style drink made throughout Mexico. Tequila has to be made from the Blue Agave plant whereas Mezcal can use a variety of Agave plants. The other...  More info
$152.58
Ven A Mi Reposado
(70cl, 38%)
The Ven A Mi Reposado is a Mezcal, which is a Tequila style drink made throughout Mexico. Tequila has to be made from the Blue Agave plant whereas Mezcal can use a variety of Agave plants. The other...  More info
$161.10
Papadiablo Mezcal
(70cl, 47%)
Papadiablo is a complex artisan Mezcal from Oaxaca that is made with a Espadin agave as well as 3 other types of wild agave; Madrecuishe, Bicuishe and Mezicano. The name is a rather enjoyable...  More info
$135.61
Alipus San Andrés
(70cl, 47.70%)
A Mezcal made in San Andrés Miahuatlán by Valente Ángel and his sons. 100% Espadin agave was used. Part of the Alipus series of small batch Mezcal from smaller villages and distillers.  More info
$90.54
Alipus San Baltazar
(70cl, 47.50%)
An unaged Mezcal from San Baltazar, produced by Cosme and Cirilo Hernández using Espadin agave. Bottled by Aplipus, whom specialise in seeking out great Mezcal from smaller producers.  More info
$90.54
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