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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.

Mezcal El Jolgorio Mexicano

70cl, 47%
Mezcal El Jolgorio

This intense tipple from the Mezcal El Jolgorio range has been made using the Mexicano agave - a variety known for growing rather large indeed and having broad, serrated leaves.  More info

Mezcal El Jolgorio Mexicano
$88.47

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
$42.75

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
$39.65

Los Cuerudos Joven 2015

70cl, 38%
Tradición Chagoya

This is the blanco Mezcal from the Los Cuerudos range, made using traditional methods with Espadin agave.  More info

Los Cuerudos Joven 2015
$34.46

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
$38.79

Del Maguey Tobala (Wild Mountain) Mezcal

70cl, 45%
Del Maguey

Single Village Mezcal from Del Maguey, made using Tobala agave which are grown at a very high elevation. They are also much smaller than your average agave plant. It takes about eight of these Tobala…  More info

Del Maguey Tobala (Wild Mountain) Mezcal
$113.26

Bruxo No.1

70cl, 46%
Bruxo

Made with 100% Espadin agave, Bruxo No.1 is a traditional mezcal, a close relative to tequila (which must be made from blue agave). If you didn't know, "Espadin" is the Spanish name for a ceremonial…  More info

Bruxo No.1
1
$45.43

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
$42.00

Mezcal Eterno Añejo No.1

50cl, 40%
Mezcal Eterno

Mezcal Eterno is produced traditionally by fourth generation mezcal producer Don Nacho in the San Dionisio Ocotepec region, Oaxaca. It's made from 100% Espadín Agave (harvested after around 10 years)…  More info

Mezcal Eterno Añejo No.1
$43.26

Bruxo No.5

70cl, 46%
Bruxo

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

Bruxo No.5
$76.04

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
$51.44

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%)
$64.36

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
$58.41

Alipús San Juan 47.8%

70cl, 47.8%
Alipus

Another marvellous Mezcal presented as part of the Alipús, this time from San Juan del Rio! Always impressive stuff from producers that love the Mezcal craft (Mezcraft? Sounds a little too much like…  More info

Alipús San Juan 47.8%
$59.54

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
$46.93

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
$34.57

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)
$27.15

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
$160.55

Mezcal 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

Mezcal El Jolgorio Espadin
$68.96

Mezcal Vago Ensamble En Barro

70cl, 52.6%
Mezcal Vago

A joven Mezcal made with a selection of different agave varieties by Mezcal Vago. This Ensamble expression features 53% Espadin, 32% Barril and 15% Mexicano agave.  More info

Mezcal Vago Ensamble En Barro
$98.01

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
$73.89

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
$48.42

Pierde Almas Coyote 2014

70cl, 46%
Pierde Almas S.A

A 2014 vintage Mezcal from the Pierde Almas range, made with the rare Coyote agave sub-variety. Smoky, rich and dee-lish.  More info

Pierde Almas Coyote 2014
$112.85

Bruxo No.4

70cl, 46%
Bruxo

The fourth mezcal in the Bruxo range is made with Espadin, Barril and Cuishe agave from Las Salinas.  More info

Bruxo No.4
$63.52

Los Siete Misterios Tobala 2015

70cl, 50.3%
Los Siete Misterios

A 2015 vintage mezcal from the Los Siete Misterios selection, made using the Tobala agave, which are rather small and have wide, flat leaves. Because the piña from Tobala agave are smaller, it takes…  More info

Los Siete Misterios Tobala 2015
$141.12

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