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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.

Alipús San Andrés 47%

70cl, 47%
Alipus

An Alipús Mezcal here from San Andrés - a rich, surprisingly wood-y joven Mezcal, perfect for sipping neat or taking centre stage in a cocktail.  More info

Alipús San Andrés 47%
$54.40

Del Maguey Chichicapa Mezcal 46%

70cl, 46%
Del Maguey

Part of Del Maguey's single village Mezcal range, which showcases the affect different climates and growing environments have on Mezcal production. This small batch comes from the town Chichicapa,…  More info

Del Maguey Chichicapa Mezcal 46%
$70.45

Bruxo No.3

70cl, 46%
Bruxo

Number three in Bruxo's range is made with wild Barril agave from the San Agustín Amatengo hills in Oaxaca.  More info

Bruxo No.3
$52.89

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
$41.17

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
$35.93

Mexcal Burrito Fiestero

70cl, 40%
Mexcal Burrito Fiestero

An unaged mezcal made with 100% agave cenizo from Durango state, harvested after around 12 to 14 years.  More info

Mexcal Burrito Fiestero
3
$37.94

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
$45.21

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
$49.55

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
$49.82

Mezcal Eterno Joven No.1

50cl, 40%
Mezcal Eterno

Well presented 100% Espadín Agave mezcal from San Dionisio Ocotepec, Oaxaca, produced using traditional techniques by Don Nacho.  More info

Mezcal Eterno Joven No.1
1
$33.30

Del Maguey Santo Domingo Albarradas Mezcal

70cl, 48%
Del Maguey

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

Del Maguey Santo Domingo Albarradas Mezcal
$68.19

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
$53.04

Mezcal El Jolgorio Espadin (47.6%)

70cl, 47.6%
Mezcal El Jolgorio

From Mezcal El Jolgorio's selection of Mezcal made using single varieties of agave comes an expression produced using 100% espadin agave - one of the most popular types of Mezcal production.  More info

Mezcal El Jolgorio Espadin (47.6%)
$66.42

Gusano Rojo Mezcal (With Worm)

70cl, 38%
Mezcales de Gusano

A smoky, slightly sweet Mezcal from Oaxaca, complete with a worm (which the Mezcal has been named after - "Gusano Rojo" means "Red Worm"). There's a cartoon worm on the label, too, with arms, legs…  More info

Gusano Rojo Mezcal (With Worm)
$26.15

The Mezcal Advent Calendar (2016 Edition)

72cl, 43.8%
Drinks by the Dram

Things that are awesome: 1. Booze-filled advent calendars from Drinks by the Dram. 2. Mezcal. Not content with the agave-tastic Tequila Advent Calendar, Drinks by the Dram have another…  More info

The Mezcal Advent Calendar (2016 Edition)
2
$154.64

Ilegal Reposado

50cl, 40%
Speciality Drinks

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
$42.74

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
3
$70.57

Pierde Almas Conejo 2013

70cl, 48.3%
Pierde Almas S.A

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

Pierde Almas Conejo 2013
1
$179.59

Los Danzantes Joven - Espadín

70cl, 43%
Los Danzantes

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

Los Danzantes Joven - Espadín
$57.19

Del Maguey Santo Domingo Albarradas - Stitzel Weller Cask Finish (La Maison du Whisky 60th Anniversary)

70cl, 48%
Del Maguey

A very interesting expression from Del Maguey, released as one of the many bottlings that were part of La Maison du Whisky's 60th Anniversary celebrations. It's their Santo Domingo Albarradas Mezcal,…  More info

Del Maguey Santo Domingo Albarradas - Stitzel Weller Cask Finish (La Maison du Whisky 60th Anniversary)
$112.47

Marca Negra Tepeztate Mezcal

70cl, 47.3%
Marca Negra

Another fantastic Marca Negra, this time from San Luis del Rio, Tlacolula, Oaxaca. Made with wild grown Agave Marmorata it exhibits fantastic savoury and fruity smoke notes, both slightly vegetal and…  More info

Marca Negra Tepeztate Mezcal
$69.65

Los Siete Misterios Coyote 2015

70cl, 46.3%
Los Siete Misterios

This mezcal from Les 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 2015
$119.79

Ilegal Añejo

50cl, 40%
Speciality Drinks

"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
$62.35

Del Maguey Espadin Especial Mezcal

70cl, 45%
Del Maguey

A single village Mezcal, made exclusively with 100% Espadin Agave by Del Maguey, who have a tendency to make utterly fantastic Mezcal. Richly floral with sweet notes of butterscotch and pineapple.  More info

Del Maguey Espadin Especial Mezcal
$104.98

Marca Negra Dobadán Mezcal

70cl, 47.6%
Marca Negra

This edition of Marca Negra Mezcal has been made using Dobadán agave, a variety not often seen in Mezcal production.  More info

Marca Negra Dobadán Mezcal
$69.65

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