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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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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
$87.59
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
$87.59
Alipus San Juan
(70cl, 47.30%)
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
$87.59
Alipus go out and find tasty Mezcal from very small producers in Mexico, to open the world of the spirit just that little bit wider for us to enjoy. This edition was produced by Sr Eduardo Hernandez...  More info
$87.59
Bruxo No.1
(70cl, 46%)
Made with 100% Espadin agave, Bruxo No.1 is a traditional mezcal, a close relative to tequila (which must be made from blue agave). If you didn't know, "Espadin" is the Spanish name for a ceremonial...  More info
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$96.12
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
$166.59
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
$103.11
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
$160.25
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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$61.50
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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$103.11
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
$242.65
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
$160.25
A special edition bottling of Del Maguey single village Mezcal, distilled in San Luis Del Rio in Oaxaca. What makes this edition special (hence it being special edition) is that it was aged in 20 year...  More info
$179.37
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
$167.25
A wonderful small-batch Mezcal bottled by Del Maguey as part of their single village range of Mezcals. This was distilled in San Luis del Rio in Oaxaca and it has a superb flavour.  More info
$122.01
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
$166.59
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
$103.11
Single Village Mezcal from Del Maguey, made using Tobala agave which are grown at a very high elevation. They are also much smaller than your average agave plant. It takes about eight of these Tobala...  More info
$160.32
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
$179.37
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
$160.25
Derrumbes use a mix of two varieties of agave for their Michoacan Mezcal - Cupreata and Cenizo. This blend brings together two classic styles of Mezcal, one bright and fruity, one complex and herbal...  More info
$79.35
A Derrumbes Mezcal from Oaxaca, made with Espadin agave, cooked in a traditional underground pit and double distilled. It is allowed to rest for three months before the Mezcal is bottled in these...  More info
$72.68
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
$99.41
Ilegal Joven
(50cl, 40%)
Produced in Tlacolula, Oaxaca, this is a delicious Joven (young) Mezcal from Ilegal. Distilled from agave plants roasted in an earthen pit and distilled twice in a copper still.  More info
$63.52
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
$70.55
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