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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.

Montelobos Joven Mezcal

70cl, 43.2%
Casa Montelobos

Montelobos Joven Mezcal is made with espadin agave and carefully crafted by Ivan Saldana. This offers up a well-balanced blend of roasted agave notes, herbaceous elements and a classic whiff of…  More info

Montelobos Joven Mezcal
1
$48.26
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QuiQuiRiQui Matatlan Mezcal

70cl, 45%
QuiQuiRiQui

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

QuiQuiRiQui Matatlan Mezcal
6
$39.56
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Monte Alban Mezcal

70cl, 40%
Monte Alban

Monte Alban is a beautifully smoky mezcal, well worth trying!  More info

Monte Alban Mezcal
1
$30.62
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Mezcal Advent Calendar (2018 Edition)

72cl, 44.6%
Drinks by the Dram

An Advent calendar for those who are mad for Mezcal – it’s the Drinks by the Dram Mezcal Advent Calendar! Savour the agave goodness of the 24 different 30ml expressions packed into this festive box…  More info

Mezcal Advent Calendar (2018 Edition)
$163.26

Del Maguey Mezcal Vida

70cl, 42%
Del Maguey

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

Del Maguey Mezcal Vida
6
$48.81
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La Penca Mezcal (with worm!)

70cl, 40%
La Penca

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

La Penca Mezcal (with worm!)
5
$43.47
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Pensador Mezcal

50cl, 48%
Pensador

Don Atenogenes and his family create Pensador Mezcal in his fields near Miahuatlan, Oaxaca, using traditional methods which remain largely unchanged since the 16th Century. They use a combination of…  More info

Pensador Mezcal
8
$43.01
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Del Maguey Minero Mezcal

70cl, 49%
Del Maguey

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

Del Maguey Minero Mezcal
4
$76.16
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Bozal Cuixe

75cl, 47%
Bozal

This Bozal mezcal was produced using the Cuixe agave variety. These particular plants are notoriously hard to cultivate and harvest, hence why they're somewhat uncommon in mezcal production...  More info

Bozal Cuixe
$76.16

Ilegal Joven

50cl, 40%
Ilegal

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

Ilegal Joven
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$40.32
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Bruxo No.2

70cl, 46%
Bruxo

An pechuga-style mezcal from the Bruxo range. While your standard pechuga will be distilled with a piece of chicken hung in the still to allow the vapours to pass over the meat, this is a vegetarian…  More info

Bruxo No.2
$50.22
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Marca Negra Tepeztate Mezcal

70cl, 49.7%
Marca Negra

This mezcal from the Marca Negra range has been produced using the Tepeztate agave. This choice of agave variety has resulted in a spirit that boasts a powerful, savoury flavour profile, with hints…  More info

Marca Negra Tepeztate Mezcal
$86.53

Montelobos Ensamble Joven Mezcal

70cl, 45.3%
Casa Montelobos

While the classic Montelobos Joven Mezcal is made using espadin agave, the Ensamble expression gives the espadin some friends to play with. This edition features tobala and papalote agave alongside…  More info

Montelobos Ensamble Joven Mezcal
$64.23

Mezcal San Cosme

70cl, 40%
Mezcal San Cosme

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

Mezcal San Cosme
$42.61
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Bozal Ensamble

75cl, 47%
Bozal

A Mezcal from the Bozal range, made with a trio of agave varieties - Espadin, Barril and Mexicano. These make for great alternatives to whisky for after-dinner drinks...  More info

Bozal Ensamble
$53.96

Mezcal Amores Espadin

70cl, 41%
Mezcal Amores

An Amores mezcal made with Espadin agave from Oaxaca. A tasty spirit from a brand that say they only work with sustainably cultivated agaves.  More info

Mezcal Amores Espadin
$45.68
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Meteoro Joven Mezcal

70cl, 45%
Mezcal Meteoro

From Las Margaritas, Oaxaca, comes Meteoro Joven Mezcal, named after the legend of a small meteor making a little crater in Oaxaca and a local Mezcalero using it as an earthen pit oven to cook his…  More info

Meteoro Joven Mezcal
$51.76
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Pierde Almas Tobalá

70cl, 46%
Pierde Almas S.A

Enjoy the deliciousness of the Tobalá agave in this ace Pierde Almas Mezcal! Particularly intense, with an ethereal hint of minerals and flower petals adding character.  More info

Pierde Almas Tobalá
$114.75
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Los Siete Misterios Arroqueno 2015

70cl, 50%
Los Siete Misterios

Another single-agave mezcal from the Los Siete Misterios range, this one made using the Arroqueno agave, which is related to Espadin (one of the most common varieties used in mezcal production). This…  More info

Los Siete Misterios Arroqueno 2015
$108.60

Ven A Mi Reposado

70cl, 38%
Ven A Mi

The Ven A Mi Reposado is a Mezcal, which is a Tequila style drink made throughout Mexico. Tequila has to be made from the Blue Agave plant whereas Mezcal can use a variety of Agave plants. The other…  More info

Ven A Mi Reposado
$83.24
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Bruxo X

70cl, 40%
Bruxo

This handcrafted Joven mezcal was made from an ensemble of Espadin and Barril Agave using traditional production methods. The agave is slow-cooked in an earthen pit and crushed with a tahona, before…  More info

Bruxo X
$39.14

Del Maguey Wild Tepextate Mezcal

70cl, 45%
Del Maguey

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

Del Maguey Wild Tepextate Mezcal
$119.53
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Mezcales De Leyenda Guerrero

70cl, 45%
Mezcales De Leyenda

An excellent organic mezcal from the Mezcales de Leyenda selection - their Guerrero expression made using the Cupreata variety of agave.  More info

Mezcales De Leyenda Guerrero
$54.38
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Del Maguey Wild Tobaziche Mezcal

70cl, 47%
Del Maguey

Released as part of a series of bottlings for La Maison du Whisky's Cellar Book series, this is a top-notch mezcal from Del Maguey, made using wild tobaziche agave. Not seen very often, this variety…  More info

Del Maguey Wild Tobaziche Mezcal
$108.82

Ilegal Reposado

50cl, 40%
Ilegal

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

Ilegal Reposado
1
$49.24
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