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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.

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)
1
$158.31

Monte Alban Mezcal (With Worms)

70cl, 40%
Monte Alban

A bottle of mezcal which comes with a little bottle filled with a whole mess of worms, so never again will anyone feel left out at not getting to crunch down on a preserved larva. God bless us,…  More info

Monte Alban Mezcal (With Worms)
1
$26.07

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
4
$44.16

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
$42.15

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%
$55.38

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
$71.30

Sangre de Vida Reposado Mezcal

70cl, 45%
Sangre de Vida

Not only does the Sangre de Vida range include a selection of tequilas, but they also have a reposado mezcal presented in their skull-shaped bottles!  More info

Sangre de Vida Reposado Mezcal
$76.34

Del Maguey San Luis Del Rio - Special Stitzel Weller Cask Finish

70cl, 42%
Del Maguey

A special edition bottling of Del Maguey single village Mezcal, distilled in San Luis Del Rio in Oaxaca. What makes this edition special (hence it being special edition) is that it was aged in 20…  More info

Del Maguey San Luis Del Rio - Special Stitzel Weller Cask Finish
$118.10

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
1
$63.83

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
$38.84

El Jolgorio Espadin

70cl, 47.8%
Mezcal El Jolgorio

100% Espadín mezcal from Santa Maria Zoquitlan, Oaxaca. The agave is harvested at 10 years old before being used in this fantastic spirit under the watchful eye of mezcalero Ignacio Parada.  More info

El Jolgorio Espadin
$67.99

Donaji Joven Mezcal 2015

70cl, 40%
Tradición Chagoya

Donaji Blanco is a richly herbaceous Mezcal made using Espadin and is twice distilled. It's named after the the legend of Princess Donají.  More info

Donaji Joven Mezcal 2015
$34.56

Bruxo No.2

70cl, 46%
Bruxo

This Bruxo No.2 has been made with 80% Espadin and 20% Barril agave. Whilst tequila has to be made with blue agave, mezcal can be made with many different species of the plant.  More info

Bruxo No.2
$46.75

QuiQuiRiQui San Juan Del Rio Mezcal

70cl, 48%
QuiQuiRiQui

With a tagline like "Drink Mezcal, Hail Satan", QuiQuiRiQui are taking a radical approach to showing off their wickedly good Mezcal. Made using traditional methods with Espadin on the riverbank at…  More info

QuiQuiRiQui San Juan Del Rio Mezcal
$40.91

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
$43.76

Los Danzantes Reposado - Espadín (43.2%)

70cl, 43.2%
Los Danzantes

A reposado Mezcal from the Los Danzantes range, made using Espadín agave and matured in oak casks for 11 months before bottling. 'Los Danzantes' translates to 'The Dancers', which is an enjoyably…  More info

Los Danzantes Reposado - Espadín (43.2%)
$63.46

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)
$115.13

Bruxo No.5

70cl, 46%
Bruxo

Artisanal mezcal (most mezcals are) made with Tobala agave in San Agustín Amatengo.  More info

Bruxo No.5
$74.97

Ilegal Joven

50cl, 40%
Speciality Drinks

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
1
$35.84

Los Siete Misterios Espadin

70cl, 48%
Los Siete Misterios

The Los Siete Misterios Mezcal is made using the Angustifolia Agave plant. Mezcal, like Tequila, originates from Mexico and like Tequila it is made using the Agave plant. The main difference being…  More info

Los Siete Misterios Espadin
1
$99.98

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
$69.81

Jaral De Berrio Mezcal

70cl, 36%
Jaral de Berrio

Jaral de Berrio Mezcal is made using 100% Salmiana agave using traditional methods. The Salmiana species is native to central and southern Mexico. A surprisingly sweet nose develops vegetal notes of…  More info

Jaral De Berrio Mezcal
$31.57

Mezcales De Leyenda Durango

70cl, 47%
Mezcales De Leyenda

From the Mezcales de Leyenda range comes a Mezcal produced using agave duranguensis, featuring a bat on the label.  More info

Mezcales De Leyenda Durango
$57.59

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)
$26.77

Marca Negra Tobalá Mezcal

70cl, 47.6%
Marca Negra

An intriguing Mezcal made using rare wild Tobalá maguey, which are much smaller than their Espadin or Azul counterparts and are known for their robust flavour! This traditional Mexican spirit is…  More info

Marca Negra Tobalá Mezcal
$95.14

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