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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.

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
$47.10
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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
$42.42
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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
6
$47.63
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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
6
$41.97
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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
4
$74.32

Ilegal Joven

50cl, 40%
Ilegal

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
$39.35
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Bozal Tobasiche

75cl, 47%
Bozal

From the Bozal range comes an intense, earthy Mezcal made using the Tobasiche agave. Top stuff, and with a very stylish bottle to boot.  More info

Bozal Tobasiche
$74.32

Corte Vetusto Espadín

70cl, 45%
Corte Vetusto

Under the watchful eye of fourth generation Master Distiller Juan Carlos Gonzalez Diaz, Corte Vetusto Espadín Mezcal is produced. Before distillation, the agave is cooking in traditional earthen pit…  More info

Corte Vetusto Espadín
6
$62.92

Mezcales de Leyenda Puebla

70cl, 47%
Mezcales De Leyenda

This is a Tobalá-agave based blanco mezcal from the Mezcales de Leyenda, distilled by 4th generation mezcalero Don Aaron in Puebla, Mexico. The folks behind Mezcales de Leyenda do great work to…  More info

Mezcales de Leyenda Puebla
$57.96

Monte Alban Mezcal

70cl, 40%
Monte Alban

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

Monte Alban Mezcal
1
$29.89
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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)
$115.80

Pelotón de la Muerte

70cl, 41%
Destilados Artesanales

Pelotón de la Muerte is a silver Mezcal made using Espadin agave. The name means 'Brigade of Death', named after a group of insurgents during the Mexican Revolution - their flag is also featured on…  More info

Pelotón de la Muerte
1
$37.25
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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
$50.51
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Los Danzantes Reposado

70cl, 43%
Los Danzantes

Reposado Mezcal from Los Danzantes, which translates to "The Dancers". This is an Espadín agave-based expression, that is left to mature in oak casks for 11 months before bottling, resulting in a…  More info

Los Danzantes Reposado
$68.26

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
$44.04
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Los Siete Misterios Arroqueno 2015

70cl, 50%
Los Siete Misterios

Another single-agave mezcal from the Los Siete Misterios range, this one made using the Arroqueno agave, which is related to Espadin (one of the most common varieties used in mezcal production). This…  More info

Los Siete Misterios Arroqueno 2015
$105.97

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%)
$58.01

Gem & Bolt Mezcal

70cl, 44%
Gem & Bolt

Gem & Bolt Mezcal is made using espadín agave, but that's not all - it also features damiana, a traditional Mexican herb. The name comes from a story of how Mezcal came to be: a lightning bolt struck…  More info

Gem & Bolt Mezcal
$58.98

Montelobos Ensamble Joven Mezcal

70cl, 45.3%
Casa Montelobos

While the classic Montelobos Joven Mezcal is made using espadin agave, the Ensamble expression gives the espadin some friends to play with. This edition features tobala and papalote agave alongside…  More info

Montelobos Ensamble Joven Mezcal
$62.68

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
$38.61
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Mezcal El Jolgorio Madrecuixe

70cl, 47%
Mezcal El Jolgorio

The Madrecuxie agave is a particularly tall species, with its pointy leaves raised upwards as if it was cursing the sky. The agave's piña is rather dense and has a rather low water content (compared…  More info

Mezcal El Jolgorio Madrecuixe
$97.73

Ilegal Reposado

50cl, 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
1
$48.05
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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
$49.62
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Derrumbes Durango Mezcal

70cl, 45.2%
Derrumbes

Derrumbes Durango is made with Cenizo (Durangesis) agave in Nombre de Dios, Durango. The process of creating this intriguing mezcal is overseen dutifully by maestro mezcalero Urial Simental, from the…  More info

Derrumbes Durango Mezcal
$53.60

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
$53.40
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