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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
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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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$46.74
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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$62.00
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
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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
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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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$64.52
A silver mezcal, made with 100% Espadin agave and bottled unaged. Well suited to cocktails that need the brightness of tequila but with the subtle smokiness prevalent in mezcal.  More info
$66.80
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
$67.45
The Zignum Reposado Mezcal is given a short resting period in oak (longer than two months) before it was bottled. Not as smoky as other mezcal, but plenty of sweet, sugar notes and agave fruitiness.  More info
$68.55
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
$70.63
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
$88.30
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
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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
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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
$88.30
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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$96.90
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
$97.54
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
$100.21
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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$103.95
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
$103.95
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
$104.77
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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