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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.

Derrumbes Michoacan Mezcal (46%)

70cl, 46%
Derrumbes

Derrumbes use a mix of two varieties of agave for their Michoacan Mezcal - Cupreata and Cenizo. This blend brings together two classic styles of Mezcal, one bright and fruity, one complex and herbal.…  More info

Derrumbes Michoacan Mezcal (46%)
$49.79

Marca Negra Tobalá Mezcal (50.1%)

70cl, 50.1%
Marca Negra

A delicious small-batch Mezcal from the fab folk at Marca Negra. The brand is known for producing great Mezcal with a variety of different agave varieties - this particular expression uses Tobalá,…  More info

Marca Negra Tobalá Mezcal (50.1%)

Corte Vetusto Ensamble

70cl, 43%
Corte Vetusto

Corte Vetusto present the limited edition Ensamble (blend), aimed at challenging UK perceptions on mezcal and agave. Claiming that single malt whisky has a genuine sipping alternative and that mezcal…  More info

Corte Vetusto Ensamble
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Alipus Santa Ana Del Rio Joven Mezcal (47.3%)

70cl, 47.3%
Alipus

Alipus go out and find tasty Mezcal from very small producers in Mexico, to open the world of the spirit just that little bit wider for us to enjoy. This edition was produced by Sr Eduardo Hernandez,…  More info

Alipus Santa Ana Del Rio Joven Mezcal (47.3%)

Los Cuerudos Joven 2017

70cl, 38%
Tradición Chagoya

The 2017 edition of Los Cuerudos Joven, made with Espadin agave and utilising traditional methods to impart classic mezcal smokiness. Top stuff here, and good value-for-money, too!  More info

Los Cuerudos Joven 2017

Nuestra Soledad Matatlán 2015 - Edition 07

70cl, 45%
Nuestra Soledad

Mezcal produced using Espadin agave in Santiago Matatlán (which is sometimes known as the World Capital of Mezcal!), bottled as part of the Nuestra Soledad series.  More info

Nuestra Soledad Matatlán 2015 - Edition 07

Los Danzantes Añejo - Espadín

70cl, 46%
Los Danzantes

Añejo Mezcal from Oaxaca-based producers, Los Danzantes. This particular expression is made using the Espadín agave and spends 16 months maturing in oak barrels before being bottled (very handsomely…  More info

Los Danzantes Añejo - Espadín

Pierde Almas Conejo 2015

70cl, 51%
Pierde Almas S.A

It's the 2015 vintage of Pierde Almas' Conejo Mezcal. Similar in some ways to a Pechuga Tequila, this mezcal enjoys two distillations before being blended with a selection of local fruits, nuts and…  More info

Pierde Almas Conejo 2015

Del Maguey Wild Jabalí Mezcal (45%)

70cl, 45%
Del Maguey

Mezcal from the absolutely fantastic Del Maguey range, made using the Jabalí agave. You might be unfamiliar with Jabalí, as it's not frequently used in Mezcal production. Its name translates to "Wild…  More info

Del Maguey Wild Jabalí Mezcal (45%)

Pierde Almas Tobalá

70cl, 46%
Pierde Almas S.A

Enjoy the deliciousness of the Tobalá agave in this ace Pierde Almas Mezcal! Particularly intense, with an ethereal hint of minerals and flower petals adding character.  More info

Pierde Almas Tobalá

Nuestra Soledad San Luis del Rio 2016 - Edition 12

70cl, 48%
Nuestra Soledad

An Espadin agave Mezcal produced in San Luis del Rio in Oaxaca and bottled for the Nuestra Soledad selection.  More info

Nuestra Soledad San Luis del Rio 2016 - Edition 12

Zignum Reposado (Old Bottling)

70cl, 38%
Zignum

The Zignum Reposado Mezcal is given a short resting period in oak (longer than two months) before it was bottled. Not as smoky as other mezcal, but plenty of sweet, sugar notes and agave fruitiness.  More info

Zignum Reposado (Old Bottling)
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Del Maguey Chichicapa Mezcal (46%)

70cl, 46%
Del Maguey

Part of Del Maguey's single village Mezcal range, which showcases the affect different climates and growing environments have on Mezcal production. This small batch comes from the town Chichicapa,…  More info

Del Maguey Chichicapa Mezcal (46%)
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Del Maguey Wild Tobaziche Mezcal

70cl, 47%
Del Maguey

Released as part of a series of bottlings for La Maison du Whisky's Cellar Book series, this is a top-notch mezcal from Del Maguey, made using wild tobaziche agave. Not seen very often, this variety…  More info

Del Maguey Wild Tobaziche Mezcal

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
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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
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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
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Nuestra Soledad Zoquitlán 2016 - Edition 04

70cl, 46%
Nuestra Soledad

A 2016 vintage Mezcal from the Nuestra Soledad range, which explores spirits distilled all over Mexico. This particular expression (made with Espadin agave) was produced in Zoquitlán, which is in the…  More info

Nuestra Soledad Zoquitlán 2016 - Edition 04

Marca Negra Tepeztate Mezcal

70cl, 49.7%
Marca Negra

This mezcal from the Marca Negra range has been produced using the Tepeztate agave. This choice of agave variety has resulted in a spirit that boasts a powerful, savoury flavour profile, with hints…  More info

Marca Negra Tepeztate Mezcal

Alipús San Andrés

70cl, 47.6%
Alipus

A joven mezcal from the Alipús range, produced in San Andrés. The whole Alipús selection is built around sourcing top notch mezcal from smaller producers, which we're always happy to see!  More info

Alipús San Andrés

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
$80.44

Alipus Santa Ana Del Rio Joven Mezcal

70cl, 47.6%
Alipus

One of the things we love most about mezcals is that they are largely made by traditional small farmers - however, this also means that they're often not that easy to find, especially compared with…  More info

Alipus Santa Ana Del Rio Joven Mezcal

Los Danzantes Reposado (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 (43.2%)
$60.47

Marca Negra Dobadán Mezcal (48%)

70cl, 48%
Marca Negra

This expression from the Marca Negra Mezcal range has been made exclusively using Dobadán agave. Enjoyably sweet, but maintains the classic smoky richness that you look for in good Mezcal.  More info

Marca Negra Dobadán Mezcal (48%)

Los Danzantes Joven (43%)

70cl, 43%
Los Danzantes

Los Danzantes (The Dancers) distillery in Mezcal's home, Oaxaca, produced artisan Mezcal made in traditional ways. This is their unaged expression, made with 100% espadin agave. Smoky, spicy and…  More info

Los Danzantes Joven (43%)
$55.67

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