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Sin Gusano

After a career in finance, Jon Darby took a break to Mexico in 2016. There he was introduced to mezcal, called his boss from the beach, and quit his job. He spent the next three months hiring cars, knocking on doors, and asking around in search of small-batch mezcal to enjoy. When he returned, he thought he’d go to London’s mezcal bars. When he found that was easier said than done, he exploited this gap in the market and turned this passion into his own brand: Sin Gusano.

It means ‘without worm’ in Spanish, a knowing nod to the outdated perception that mezcal is just rough tequila with a worm in the bottle. He would bottle some of the family-made spirits he tasted and leave behind the gimmicks and slick marketing. Darby set up a subscription service called the Mezcal Appreciation Society, which fills the gap of a place where people can engage and get to know the product better. This is not a typical brand, so education is key. Darby also donates 10% of UK profits back to Mexican charities.

The Sin Gusano range is a tremendous example of the terroir that exists with agave-based spirits. It’s all about agave species and regional varieties. Three Espadíns made in three different places taste completely different. So you won’t see two bottles of Sin Gusano that are the same. Or that can be bottled as mezcal often as they’re such small batches that are not from registered distilleries. Don’t underestimate the flavour though, this is a brand that offers a window into an exciting and often inaccessible world.

Sin Gusano Castilla - Jayacatlán

50cl, 47%

This expression from the Sin Gusano selection was crafted by Maestro Isaac Cruz in San Juan Bautista Jayacatlán in Oaxaca, using Castilla agave. Cruz really roasts the agave, to the point of charring…  More info

Sin Gusano Castilla - Jayacatlán
$76.71

Sin Gusano Mexicano - Amatengo

50cl, 50.4%

The Sin Gusano selection is packed full of agave spirits from small producers in Mexico which likely would not have made it to these shores otherwise, which makes them rather exciting indeed. This…  More info

Sin Gusano Mexicano - Amatengo
$66.48

Sin Gusano Tobala - San Luis Amatlán

50cl, 47.8%

A fabulously herbaceous sipper from the folks at Sin Gusano, made with Tobalá agave grown in the region of San Luis Amatlán, southern Oaxaca. Master mezcalero Nicholas Garcia Gutierrez grows Tobalá…  More info

Sin Gusano Tobala - San Luis Amatlán
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$68.52

Sin Gusano Tepextate - San Luis Amatlán

50cl, 46.5%

Distilled in San Luis Amatlán, southern Oaxaca by Master mezcalero Nicholas Garcia Gutierrez and bottled by Sin Gusano, this is an extraordinary agave spirit. Made with Tepextate agave grown at the…  More info

Sin Gusano Tepextate - San Luis Amatlán
$71.59

Sin Gusano Espadilla & Papalome - Xoyatla

50cl, 45.8%

Released as part of the Sin Gusano range of artisanal agave spirits is this uanged expression, produced predominantly with Espadilla agave alongside around 10% Papalome agave. This one has a pretty…  More info

Sin Gusano Espadilla & Papalome - Xoyatla
$58.29

Sin Gusano Agave Spirits Set (3 x 15cl)

45cl, 46.9%

Agave lovers, we have got quite the treat for you here! From Sin Gusano comes this Agave Spirit Set, filled with three 150ml bottles of unique agave spirits. You'll find one expression made from…  More info

Sin Gusano Agave Spirits Set (3 x 15cl)
$86.95

Sin Gusano Pechuga Tlacolula

50cl, 41.1%

Another magnificent offering from Mexico joins the Sin Gusano range, and it's an exciting opportunity to try a pechuga agave spirit! This one is produced from espadín agave by the Ruiz family at its…  More info

Sin Gusano Pechuga Tlacolula
$64.43

Sin Gusano Lamparillo

50cl, 46.7%

Lamparillo agave is native to northern Mexico and the southern United States and spirit made with it hasn't made it to European shores before Sin Gusano got its hands on this beauty. This particular…  More info

Sin Gusano Lamparillo
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$86.99

Sin Gusano Tobala - San Luis Amatlán (Batch 2)

50cl, 50.1%

This splendid agave spirit from Sin Gusano in southern Oaxaca is produced from Tobala agave grown in the region of San Luis Amatlán. It's the second batch from Master mezcalero Nicholas Garcia…  More info

Sin Gusano Tobala - San Luis Amatlán (Batch 2)
$60.13

Sin Gusano Tobaziche - Amatengo

50cl, 57%

The Sin Gusano range boasts a whole host of agave spirits from small producers around Mexico - expressions that we likely would never have had a chance to taste had the Sin Gusano team not released…  More info

Sin Gusano Tobaziche - Amatengo

Sin Gusano Pechuga - Matatlán

50cl, 42%

One of the many agave spirits from the Sin Gusano range, but this one is a little different. Produced by Maestro Antonio Jimanez in Santiago Matatlán, this is a pechuaga made with Espadín agave.…  More info

Sin Gusano Pechuga - Matatlán
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Sin Gusano Papalote - Ameyaltepec

50cl, 50%

Distilled in the Ameyaltepec region in Puebla exclusively from Papalote agave is this unaged spirit from Sin Gusano! It's distilled in the maestro's homemade reflux column, only once distilled. The…  More info

Sin Gusano Papalote - Ameyaltepec

Sin Gusano Tobala & Tepextate - Amatlan

50cl, 48.2%

From the wonderful Sin Gusano range of unique agave spirits comes this vegetal number, produced in Amatlan. This bottling marries the Tobala and Tepextate agave varieties, with 75% and 25% of each…  More info

Sin Gusano Tobala & Tepextate - Amatlan

Sin Gusano Espadín - San Luis del Rio

50cl, 42.8%

This unaged spirit from Sin Gusano was produced from the most common agave variety, Espadín! This particular bottling was produced over in San Luis del Rio, Oaxaca, bottled up at 42.8% ABV. The folks…  More info

Sin Gusano Espadín - San Luis del Rio

Sin Gusano Tepextate - Ototepec

50cl, 45.9%

This expression from the Sin Gusano was crafted by Manuel Mendez and his wife Victoria using their copper alembic still in San Dionisio Ototepec. Tepextate agave were used for this one, which can…  More info

Sin Gusano Tepextate - Ototepec
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Sin Gusano Tobala - Sola de Vega

50cl, 48%

This creamy agave spirit was produced by Gilberto Vasquez, a maestro at just 18 years old! Distilled exclusively from the Tobala agave, which is generally found growing at higher altitudes. It's…  More info

Sin Gusano Tobala - Sola de Vega

Sin Gusano Cuishe & Coyote - Amatlan

50cl, 50%

Produced from an duo of wild Cuishe and Coyote agave, released as part of the Sin Gusano range. It's distilled in a copper alembic with refrescador, which is a method using a condenser which…  More info

Sin Gusano Cuishe & Coyote - Amatlan

Sin Gusano Chino - Aguacatito

50cl, 49.9%

Produced by maestro Jose Ines in Aguacatito, this unaged agave spirit was distilled exclusively from the Chino agave (a sub-species of Cupreata agave). The agave is fermented in shallow vats and…  More info

Sin Gusano Chino - Aguacatito
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Sin Gusano Tobalá & Jabali - Albarradas

50cl, 51.2%

From the Sun Gusano range of awesome agave spirits comes this expression produced in the village of Santa Catarina Albarradas in Oaxaca, showcasing the Tobalá and wild Jabali agave. The agave were…  More info

Sin Gusano Tobalá & Jabali - Albarradas

Sin Gusano Bruto - Rio de Parras

50cl, 49.2%

The Sin Gusano range of agave spirits is dedicated to bringing artisanal spirits outside of Mexico for us lucky folk to try. This particular bottling was produced exclusively from Bruto agave, a wild…  More info

Sin Gusano Bruto - Rio de Parras
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