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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.

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
$45.73
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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
5
$61.04

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
$41.55
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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
$60.99
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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
$34.04
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Tres Tribus Ensamble Mezcal

70cl, 44%
Tres Tribus

This mezcal from Tres Tribus in an ensamble artesanal mezcal, meaning it's made from a combination of agaves rather than a single variety. The agave hearts are roasted according to traditional…  More info

Tres Tribus Ensamble Mezcal
$62.02
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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
$33.53

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
$46.24
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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
$88.48

Mezcal Vago Elote

70cl, 49.9%
Mezcal Vago

An interesting expression from Mezcal Vago – Elote is a mezcal made with espadín agave where, between the second and third distillation, roasted corn is added into the mix. This imparts a touch of…  More info

Mezcal Vago Elote
$68.13

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)
$62.53

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
$40.14

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
$75.24

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
$33.02

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
$354.97

Tres Tribus Tobalá Mezcal

70cl, 44%
Tres Tribus

Tres Tribus makes this mezcal with only wild Tobalá agave that's between six and eight years old. It's cooked in the traditional manner, with oak chips to impart smokiness, and is ground by hand with…  More info

Tres Tribus Tobalá Mezcal
$90.52

Alipús San Juan

70cl, 47.3%
Alipus

An Alipús bottling of joven Mezcal from San Juan. These releases look to give light to Mezcal created by smaller producers, ones that you might not get to discover without them!  More info

Alipús San Juan
1
$54.89

Mezcal Vago Espadín

70cl, 50.2%
Mezcal Vago

Another glorious offering, brought to us by the folks at Mezcal Vago! This expression was produced by mezcalero Emigdio Jarquín Ramirez, in the village of El Nanche, Mexico. Espadín agave is roasted…  More info

Mezcal Vago Espadín
$65.07

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
$69.91

Tres Tribus Espadin Capon Mezcal

70cl, 44%
Tres Tribus

Tres Tribus Espadín Capón mezcal is made in Santa María Zoquitlán, in Oaxaca, Mexico, with organic espadín agave at least 12 years old, a sustainable and traditional approach using a traditional…  More info

Tres Tribus Espadin Capon Mezcal
$172.94

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
$44.51

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
3
$51.85
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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
$39.95
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El Mero Mero Mezcal

70cl, 48%
El Mero

El Mero is tasty Mezcal produced by Master Mezcalero Justino Garcia Cruz using traditional distillation methods. The label features a neat illustration of a knife, inspired by the works of Carlos…  More info

El Mero Mero Mezcal
$61.01

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)
$24.36

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