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Mezcal

Mezcal is a distilled alcoholic beverage made from the agave plant (also known as the maguey plant), native to Mexico. Mezcal is traditionally made in small batches by farmers using traditional methods passed down through generations. The agave plant is roasted in an underground pit oven, then crushed and fermented with yeast and water. Mezcal is typically clear or straw-coloured, with a smoky flavour. Mezcal can be enjoyed neat or used in cocktails.

Mezcal has a long history in Mexico, dating back to the Aztec people. Mezcal was first mentioned in Spanish records in 1542, and by the early 1600s mezcal was being exported from Mexico to Europe. Mezcal fell out of favour after the Mexican War of Independence in 1810, when the new Mexican government banned the production and consumption of alcohol. Mezcal was later revived in the mid-19th century, and today it is enjoyed by people all over the world. Mezcal is an important part of Mexican culture and heritage.

Mezcal is mostly made in the region of Oaxaca, where there is a saying, "for everything bad, mezcal, and for everything good, too." Mezcal is usually consumed neat, and it can boast a marvellous variety of flavours, from floral and herbaceous, to rich and smoky, and beyond.

Mezcal is quite similar to Tequila in many respects, though they are made from different varieties of agave. Mezcal is also produced on a much smaller scale. First, the maguey plants are harvested, and the hearts (or "piñas") are extracted. These are then cooked, sometimes in open pits in the ground lined with rocks, then agave, and then earth, which can impart a distinctive smokiness. They are then crushed, mashed and fermented prior to at least two distillations.

Mezcal will rarely feature 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 Mezcal 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.

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Dangerous Don Joven Mezcal Espadín

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 Mezcal Espadín
32
$46.06

Dos Hombres Mezcal

70cl, 42%
Dos Hombres

Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston teamed up once more, but this time they're cooking agave to create Dos Hombres Mezcal! Oaxacan Espadin agave is at the heart of this joven expression, and it's…  More info

Dos Hombres Mezcal
3
$60.93

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
8
$41.86
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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
5
$59.56

Clase Azul Durango

70cl, 44%
Clase Azul

A magnificent mezcal from Clase Azul, made with wild Cenizo agave which is native to the Mexican state of Durango. The agave itself takes between 12 to 15 years to grow before it can be harvested…  More info

Clase Azul Durango
$357.56
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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
3
$89.13
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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
2
$34.29
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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
3
$46.58
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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
12
$40.43
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Dangerous Don Joven Mezcal Espadín 50cl

50cl, 45%
Dangerous Don

This 500ml bottle of Dangerous Don Joven Mezcal Espadín is a pretty perfect gift if you're looking for something to give to a mezcal lover in your life. This 100% espadín maguey mezcal is already…  More info

Dangerous Don Joven Mezcal Espadín 50cl
1
$33.78

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
7
$37.15

Derrumbes Michoacán Mezcal

70cl, 47.7%
Derrumbes

Highlighting the terroir and craftsmanship of the village of Tzitzio in the state of Michoacán, this Mezcal from Derrumbes is made from regional cupreata and alto agaves. The agave is cooked in…  More info

Derrumbes Michoacán Mezcal
$60.42

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
2
$75.79

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)
$47.15

Madre Mezcal (70cl)

70cl, 45%
Madre Mezcal

Madre Mezcal is produced by the Morales family in Oaxaca, using a cracking combination of Espadín and Cuishe agave, cooked over hot stone in earthen pits and crushed with a stone tahona wheel. A…  More info

Madre Mezcal (70cl)
$62.99

Dangerous Don Mandarina Mezcal

70cl, 48%
Dangerous Don

Dangerous Don has been experimenting with mandarins for this magnificent mezcal! The mezcal is twice distilled, infused with freshly peeled fruit that is allowed to steep for a day before being…  More info

Dangerous Don Mandarina Mezcal
2
$52.23
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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
3
$39.40

Madre Mezcal (200ml)

20cl, 45%
Madre Mezcal

A zazzy little 20cl bottle of Madre Mezcal! It's distilled in a copper pot still in Oaxaca from Espadin and Cuishe agave varieties, full of herbal smoky notes. The perfect little gift for agave…  More info

Madre Mezcal (200ml)
$24.54

Koch El Maguey Espadín

70cl, 47.1%
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
1
$42.99
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Del Maguey Pechuga Mezcal

70cl, 49%
Del Maguey

An unusual and delicious sipping Mezcal from Del Maguey. This spirit is named "Pechuga", which means chicken breast - a reference to the third distillation, in which a basket of fruit and a chicken…  More info

Del Maguey Pechuga Mezcal
2
$191.67

Del Maguey San Luis del Rio Mezcal

70cl, 47%
Del Maguey

A wonderful small-batch Mezcal bottled by Del Maguey as part of their single village range of Mezcals. This was distilled in San Luis del Rio in Oaxaca and it has a superb flavour.  More info

Del Maguey San Luis del Rio Mezcal
3
$75.33

Pensador Espadín

50cl, 47.5%
Pensador

Excellent Mezcal from the Pensador range, with a focus of the Espadín agave! Traditional production methods are used to produce the spirit, making for a flavoured expression that'll be perfect for…  More info

Pensador Espadín
3
$33.26

Ojo de Tigre Joven Mezcal

70cl, 37%
Ojo de Tigre

This artisanal mezcal from Ojo de Tigre showcases a blend of both Espadín and Tobalá agave! This is an unaged Joven expression, with oodles of fresh fruit and citrus to be found alongside gentle…  More info

Ojo de Tigre Joven Mezcal
$36.33

Enmascarado 45

70cl, 45%
Enmascarado

The Enmascarado, or 'Masked Hero', is a Silver Mezcal made using organic agave plants baked in an underground oven before the juice is double distilled in copper pot stills by master craftsman Don…  More info

Enmascarado 45
$59.40

La Medida Tobala

70cl, 40%
La Medida

A joven mezcal from La Medida, produced with the Tobala agave! The agave is harvested from the wild at 1,900 meters above sea level, and this expression is the smokiest from the range.  More info

La Medida Tobala
1
$68.61

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