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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
$46.71
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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
$47.24
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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
$41.62
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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
$42.06
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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
$38.28

Lajita Mezcal (With Worm)

70cl, 40%
Lajita

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

Lajita Mezcal (With Worm)
4
$34.72

Pelotón de la Muerte

70cl, 41%
Destilados Artesanales

Pelotón de la Muerte is a silver Mezcal made using Espadin agave. The name means 'Brigade of Death', named after a group of insurgents during the Mexican Revolution - their flag is also featured on…  More info

Pelotón de la Muerte
1
$36.94
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Ilegal Joven (70cl)

70cl, 40%
Ilegal

A 70cl bottling of the classic Ilegal Joven mezcal. This stuff is excellent, and it's produced using traditional methods, like roasting the agave in an earthen pit, which is always appreciated.  More info

Ilegal Joven (70cl)
$52.62

Corte Vetusto Espadín

70cl, 45%
Corte Vetusto

Under the watchful eye of fourth generation Master Distiller Juan Carlos Gonzalez Diaz, Corte Vetusto Espadín Mezcal is produced. Before distillation, the agave is cooking in traditional earthen pit…  More info

Corte Vetusto Espadín
6
$62.40

Monte Alban Mezcal

70cl, 40%
Monte Alban

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

Monte Alban Mezcal
2
$29.64
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Derrumbes Michoacan Mezcal (43.7%)

70cl, 43.7%
Derrumbes

This Mezcal from the Derrumbes range blends two varieties of agave together into one spirit. The Cupreata and Cenizo agave plants have juxtaposing flavour profiles (the former is fruity and vibrant,…  More info

Derrumbes Michoacan Mezcal (43.7%)
$58.74

Mezcales De Leyenda Oaxaca

70cl, 42%
Destilados Artesanales

An Espadin agave-based organic Mezcal from the Mezcales de Leyenda range, using agave from Oaxaca.  More info

Mezcales De Leyenda Oaxaca
$50.90
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Del Maguey Wild Jabalí Mezcal

70cl, 45%
Del Maguey

Mezcal from the absolutely fantastic Del Maguey range, made using the Jabalí agave. You might be unfamiliar with Jabalí, as it's not frequently used in Mezcal production. Its name translates to "Wild…  More info

Del Maguey Wild Jabalí Mezcal
$110.63

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
$37.88

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
$52.22

Ilegal Reposado

70cl, 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
$63.17

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
$73.70

Ilegal Añejo

50cl, 40%
Ilegal

"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

Ilegal Añejo
2
$92.66
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Los Siete Misterios Coyote 2017

70cl, 47.2%
Los Siete Misterios

This mezcal from Los Siete is made with the Coyote variety of agave, which isn't often seen being used in mezcal production - interesting stuff indeed! This bottling is the 2015 vintage, and features…  More info

Los Siete Misterios Coyote 2017
$122.39

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
$44.20
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Mezcal Amores Cupreata

70cl, 41%
Mezcal Amores

A mezcal made with Cupreata agave. Amores plant ten agaves for each one they use.  More info

Mezcal Amores Cupreata
$49.21
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Marca Negra Ensamble Mezcal (49.3%)

70cl, 49.3%
Marca Negra

A bottling of Marca Negra's Ensamble Mezcal, made with a combination of agave varieties and bottled at 49.3% ABV. Always impressive stuff, and makes a great alternative postprandial tipple for those…  More info

Marca Negra Ensamble Mezcal (49.3%)
1
$72.51

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
$50.09
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Koch El Maguey Espadín

70cl, 46.7%
Koch El

Mezcal from the Koch El range, produced using Espadín agave - one of the most popular varieties for mezcal production. A great introduction to the selection...  More info

Koch El Maguey Espadín
$42.09

La Medida Espadín

70cl, 40%
La Medida

Mezcal from the La Medida range, produced using the most popular agave variety for mezcal - Espadín. Smoky stuff, with plenty of fruity, earthy flavours behind it.  More info

La Medida Espadín
2
$42.09

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