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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 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
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Jaral de Berrio Mezcal is made using 100% Salmiana agave using traditional methods. The Salmiana species is native to central and southern Mexico. A surprisingly sweet nose develops vegetal notes of...  More info
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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
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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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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
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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
$103.68
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
$96.53
The 2013 vintage Los Siete Misterios Arroqueno, made from the Arroqueno variety of agave, just one of the numerous used in the production of Mezcal. Features smoky, buttery, herbal notes throughout -...  More info
$185.80
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.

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Using a rare sub-variety of agave known as Coyote Agave, Los Seite Misterios have produced this expression of Mezcal. Oh the wonders of the world of agave! Mezcal can be made from a huge number of...  More info
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This is the 2013 vintage Doba-Yej mezcal from Los Siete Misterios, made using Angustifolia Haw agave and a double distillation technique. Mezcal can be made with a wide variety of agave, unlike...  More info
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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
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A Los Siete Misterios Mezcal, made with the large Mexicano variety of agave, which is usually found in the dry forests of Mexico and features very long, pointed leaves. With classic smokiness...  More info
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This is the 2013 vintage Los Siete Misterios Tobala double distilled Mezcal, made using Tobala agave. Tobala are different from your average Espadin agave, a regular favourite for use in Mezcal...  More info
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A superb mezcal from San Luis Del Rio, Oaxaca, made with Espadin agave. It has been bottled by Marca Negra and comes in a very stylish bottle.  More info
$134.59
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
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Mezcal San Cosme
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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
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Papadiablo Mezcal
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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
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A very interesting spirit, the Pierde Almas Botanica +9 is a Mezcal which is distilled twice before a selection of classic gin botanicals were macerated in the spirit and distilled once again. The 9...  More info
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Pierde Almas Conejo 2013
(70cl, 48.30%)
This Pierde Almas is somewhat similar in style to Pechuga tequila, in that it is double distilled and then blended with a selection of fruits, herbs and nuts. However, the difference for the Conejo...  More info
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Pierde Almas Espadin
(70cl, 50.90%)
Pierde Almas produce small batch, artisan Mezcal in Oaxaca, Mexico, using copper pot stills. This is their Espadin expression, made with Espadin agave, which results in a creamy mouth-feel and plenty...  More info
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Pierde Almas Pechuga 2013
(70cl, 47.60%)
A yearly release from the artisan Mezcal producers, Pierde Almas, their Pechuga is made from Espadin agave, which is triple distilled. However, before the third distillation, the Mezcal is blended...  More info
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Pierde Almas' Puritita Verda is made with Espadin agave and bottled at 40%, specifically for use in cocktails and easy sipping. A light, easy-to-drink Mezcal that still features the classic smoky...  More info
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