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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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This is a Mezcal made by the Antonio family in San Juan del Rio, produced using Espadin agave, evidently grown at 1100m above sea level. From this type of detail given to us on the bottle, you can...  More info
$92.57
An artisan Mezcal produced by Los Danzantes (The Dancers) in Oaxaca. Their Reposado Mezcal is made using espadin agave which is double distilled and then aged for 11 months. This maturation imparts...  More info
$102.26
This delicious anejo Mezcal is made in Oaxaca by Los Danzantes, which translates to 'The Dancers'. It rests in oak barrels for 16 months before it is put into beautiful bottles.  More info
$165.14
A single village Mezcal, made exclusively with 100% Espadin Agave by Del Maguey, who have a tendency to make utterly fantastic Mezcal. Richly floral with sweet notes of butterscotch and pineapple.  More info
$169.36
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
$176.06
A 70cl bottling of the Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal, made using 100% Maguey Azul agave. The agave was grown in the remote town of San Luis del Rio, way out in Oaxaca, Mexico.  More info
$169.36
Another excellent Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal, this time featuring the light, sweet and subtly spices notes of rare wild Tepextate agave, which grows at high altitudes. Superb stuff.  More info
$169.36
Yet another fantastic single village Mezcal from Del Maguey, all of which are unique, not only in origin but flavour. This limited edition expression packs lush notes of papaya, peach and refreshing...  More info
$169.36
A limited edition Mezcal from Del Maguey, made using three different types of wild agave - Espadin, Tobala and Tobasiche. Happily enough, the bottle informs us that the roasted hearts of these plants...  More info
$176.06
Another fantastic single estate Mezcal by Del Maguey, this one coming from San Pedro Teozacoalco and made with 100% Wild Maguey Papalome agave. The distillation takes place in a stainless steel pot...  More info
$189.56
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
$207.93
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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$65.00
The Los Siete Misterios Mezcal is made using the Angustifolia Agave plant. Mezcal, like Tequila, originates from Mexico and like Tequila it is made using the Agave plant. The main difference being...  More info
$160.48
Produced by Los Siete, this is a 2008 vintage of their very fine Misterios. It was distilled from Agave Americana, sourced form the Oaxaca region. Expect a very complex flavour with hints of fresh...  More info
$182.14
A superbly good single village Mezcal from Del Maguey. This is from the village of Chichipa. This Mezcal offers up superb fresh, agave-rich palate with a hint of calve's leather and tobacco.  More info
$108.97
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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$49.00
This Los Siete Misterios Mezcal is made using the rare Karwinskii Agave, unlike other Agave plants this one looks more like a Yucca plant which has a trunk.

Mezcal is similar to Tequila although...  More info
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$167.60
Mano Negra Espadin
(70cl, 50.90%)
Mano Negra, which translates into English as “Black Hand”, is a company that seeks out Mezcals from small distilleries across Mexico and bottles them in small batches. The Espadin is distilled by...  More info
A smoky, bonfire-like Mezcal from Foreveroax. This is aged for up to a year in oak barrels, and it has an intense flavour.  More info
$52.14
This Joven Mezcal from Foreveroax is aged for under 2 months, The result is a smoky, leathery, fruity nose with a hugely smoky, almost salty palate.  More info
$50.31
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