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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.

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
7
$46.97

Dangerous Don Joven

70cl, 45%
Dangerous Don

From the awesomely-named Dangerous Don is a wonderful joven mezcal! It's produced exclusively from Espadín agave, and is produced in the traditional artisanal fashion. The agave is roasted in a pit,…  More info

Dangerous Don Joven
18
$46.05

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
12
$41.38

Montelobos Joven Mezcal

70cl, 43.2%
Casa Montelobos

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

Montelobos Joven Mezcal
1
$46.97

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!)
6
$41.82

Casamigos Mezcal Joven

70cl, 40%
Casamigos

George Clooney and Rande Gerber may have sold their five-year-old tequila company, Casamigos, to Diageo for $700 million (with the potential for another $300 million based on sales performance,…  More info

Casamigos Mezcal Joven
1
$62.81

Lajita Mezcal (With Worm)

50cl, 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)
5
$34.52

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
2
$62.81

Koch El Maguey Espadín

70cl, 47%
Koch El

From the ever wonderful Koch El range comes this expression, made using the much loved Espadín agave sourced from San Baltazar Guelavila. This joven mezcal is unaged, bottled at 47% ABV. A great…  More info

Koch El Maguey Espadín
$41.85

Papadiablo Mezcal Especial (47.7%)

70cl, 47.7%
Papadiablo

Pope Devil. That's what the name of this excellent joven Mezcal translates to. As we're sure you'll agree, that's a pretty strong and genuinely awesome name - and those adjectives do indeed also…  More info

Papadiablo Mezcal Especial (47.7%)
$77.39

Del Maguey Mezcal Chichicapa

70cl, 48%
Del Maguey

Part of the range of single village mezcals from Del Maguay, this particular spirit was made in the village of San Balthazar Chichicapa. It was made using Espadín agave, and is full of big smoky…  More info

Del Maguey Mezcal Chichicapa
$79.40

Mezcal Unión Uno

70cl, 40%
Mezcal Unión

The Mezcal Unión brand was founded with a respect to mezcal's artisan and traditional production, as well as with a drive to provide social development and economic sustainability for the families…  More info

Mezcal Unión Uno
$41.85

Mezcal Verde

70cl, 42%
Verde Momento

Mezcal from the Verde Momento, now bottled at a slightly bumped up ABV of 42%. The labels still feature artwork from Mexican artists, and the mezcal within still impresses greatly. Good stuff all…  More info

Mezcal Verde
$33.79

Ilegal Añejo

70cl, 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
$92.13

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
$39.64

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
2
$37.66

Monte Alban Mezcal

70cl, 40%
Monte Alban

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

Monte Alban Mezcal
4
$29.47

Mezcal Vago Espadín

70cl, 50.8%
Mezcal Vago

From the Vago brand comes this joven mezcal, made with 100% Espadín agave by mezcalero Emigdio Jarquín in Oaxaca. This artisanal mezcal is made by crushing the agave with a traditional stone tahona…  More info

Mezcal Vago Espadín
1
$68.05

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)
$52.33

Papadiablo Mezcal Espadin (47.5%)

70cl, 47.5%
Papadiablo

Top-notch mezcal from the Papadiablo range, made exclusively with the Espadin agave variety - a popular choice that creates a fantastically flavoursome spirit. The name "Papadiablo" translates to…  More info

Papadiablo Mezcal Espadin (47.5%)
$57.20

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
$51.92

Los Danzantes Joven

70cl, 47%
Los Danzantes

An Espadín-based joven mezcal from Los Danzantes, bottled at 47% ABV. If you like your mezcal to have a core of vibrant fruit alongside the traditional smokiness, then you're in for a treat with this…  More info

Los Danzantes Joven
$59.66

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
$50.23
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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
2
$38.57

Corte Vetusto Tobalá

70cl, 43.8%
Corte Vetusto

The Corte Vetusto Tobalá comes hand-crafted by fourth generation master distiller Juan Carlos Gonzalez Diaz, and boasts 100% wild agave. This Joven (un-aged) mezcal stands at 42% ABV. It's a smooth…  More info

Corte Vetusto Tobalá
4
$102.62

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