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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 Advent Calendar (2019 Edition)

72cl, 43.7%
Drinks by the Dram

Reckon your countdown to Christmas could use some agave awesomeness? Drinks by the Dram's Mezcal Advent Calendar is just the ticket for that very specific hankering! Affectionately known as the…  More info

Mezcal Advent Calendar (2019 Edition)
$161.43

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
9
$42.53

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
$48.26

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
$94.68
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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
1
$48.26
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Bruxo No.5

70cl, 46%
Bruxo

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

Bruxo No.5
$89.63
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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
1
$64.54
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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
$42.98
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Mezcal Vago Cuixe

70cl, 51.7%
Mezcal Vago

Another fabulous mezcal from Vago, produced in Oaxaca by mezcalero Aquilino García López from wild Cuixe agave. Cuixe agave is a rather slender variety of the plant with thin piña which take up to 15…  More info

Mezcal Vago Cuixe
$84.99
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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
$113.87

Monte Alban Mezcal

70cl, 40%
Monte Alban

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

Monte Alban Mezcal
3
$30.28
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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
$32.44
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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
$64.54

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
$43

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
$51.62
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Alipus San Baltazar

70cl, 47.9%
Alipus

Excellent joven mexcal made San Baltazar, Oaxaca, using Espadín agave (one of the favourites among mezcal producers) for the Alipus range. These expressions are sourced from small distillers and…  More info

Alipus San Baltazar
$57.95

Telegram Joven Mezcal

70cl, 45%
Ponet Spirits

An artisanal mezcal distilled in Oaxaca with the Espadín agave, Telegram Joven Mezcal blends together twice distilled spirit from two different maestros mezcaleros. The marriage of the mezcals…  More info

Telegram Joven Mezcal
$46.23

Montelobos Tobalá Joven Mezcal

70cl, 46.8%
Casa Montelobos

This joven mezcal from Montelobos is produced in Puebla, from a partnership between founder Iván Saldaña and the Alva family who have been growing Tobalá agave for many years. It's produced…  More info

Montelobos Tobalá Joven Mezcal
$82.84

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
$39.12
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Lajita Mezcal (With Worm)

70cl, 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
$35.47

Marca Negra Sanmartín Mezcal

70cl, 49.1%
Marca Negra

From the Marca Negra Mezcal selection comes an expression produced using the Sanmartín agave variety, which is a member of the Karwinskii family. This particular variety isn;t used all that often in…  More info

Marca Negra Sanmartín Mezcal
$79.68

QuiQuiRiQui Tobalá

50cl, 46.5%
QuiQuiRiQui

This joven mezcal from QuiQuiRiQui is produced from wild Tobalá agave, which is smaller than other varieties. They take around 10 or 15 years to grow to maturity and yield less per plant than more…  More info

QuiQuiRiQui Tobalá
$53.78

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
1
$38.70

Xiaman Mezcal Artesanal

70cl, 44%
Xiaman Spirits

This Artesanal mezcal from Xiaman is made from a 50/50 blend of Tepextate and Espadín agave, with the wild Tepextate agave grown for around 25 to 30 years to reach maturity, while the Espadín agave…  More info

Xiaman Mezcal Artesanal
$135.59

Mezcal Vago Elote

70cl, 50.6%
Mezcal Vago

Made by mezcalero Aquilino García López in Oaxaca, Mezcal Vago Elote takes two Mexican staple products: corn and agave. It is produced from Espadin agave, and the 100% agave spirit is then infused…  More info

Mezcal Vago Elote
$72.07
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