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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.

Pierde Almas Wild Tepextate

70cl, 55%
Pierde Almas S.A

A Wild Tepextate agave-based Mezcal from the Pierde Almas selection - rather spicy and subtly woody...  More info

Pierde Almas Wild Tepextate

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

Mezcal Real Minero Barril 49.5%

70cl, 49.5%
Real Minero

This Real Minero Mezcal is made using the Barril variety of agave, which isn't seen all that often. The name "barril" comes from how the plant looks - it's sort of barrel shaped! The resulting spirit…  More info

Mezcal Real Minero Barril 49.5%

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%

Mezcal El Jolgorio Tobaziche

70cl, 47.8%
Mezcal El Jolgorio

Mezcal El Jolgorio boasts a selection of Mezcal produced with different agave varieties, including the rare Tobaziche agave - which is particular Mezcal is made with! This variety is known for…  More info

Mezcal El Jolgorio Tobaziche
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$147.56

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

Derrumbes Michoacan Mezcal

70cl, 44.7%
Derrumbes

For their Michoacan expression, the Derrumbes folks combine agave varieties (Cupreata and Cenizo) into one Mezcal.  More info

Derrumbes Michoacan Mezcal

Marca Negra Ensamble Mezcal (47.8%)

70cl, 47.8%
Marca Negra

The Marca Negra Ensamble Mezcal takes three varieties of agave and combines them to make one harmonious spirit. The varieties are Espadin (a popular choice), Bicuishe (this agave takes a good long…  More info

Marca Negra Ensamble Mezcal (47.8%)
$67.94

Pierde Almas Botanica +9

70cl, 45%
Pierde Almas S.A

A very interesting spirit, the Pierde Almas Botanica +9 is a Mezcal which is distilled twice before a selection of classic gin botanicals were macerated in the spirit and distilled once again. The 9…  More info

Pierde Almas Botanica +9

Pierde Almas Tobaziche 48%

70cl, 48%
Pierde Almas S.A

A joven Mezcal from Pierde Almas' range, made exclusively using the Tobaziche variety of agave. Particularly intense with lots of personality, this one...  More info

Pierde Almas Tobaziche 48%
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$106.33

Nuestra Soledad Ejutla 2017 - Edition 42

70cl, 41%
Nuestra Soledad

A great value-for-money Mezcal from the Nuestra Soledad range, made using espadin agave grown in Ejutla and distilled using those traditional methods with help to impart all those distinctive smoky…  More info

Nuestra Soledad Ejutla 2017 - Edition 42

Marca Negra Espadin Mezcal (51.3%)

70cl, 51.3%
Marca Negra

This Marca Negra Mezcal has been produced using the Espadin variety of agave - one of the most common varieties used in producing the spirit. A little bit rustic and a touch smoky, Mezcal makes for a…  More info

Marca Negra Espadin Mezcal (51.3%)

Pierde Almas Puritita Verda

70cl, 42%
Pierde Almas S.A

A laid-back joven Mezcal from the charming Pierde Almas range, made using the Espadin agave and bottled at an approachable 42% ABV, making it a good choice for using in cocktails...  More info

Pierde Almas Puritita Verda

Mezcal El Jolgorio Espadin (47.6%)

70cl, 47.6%
Mezcal El Jolgorio

From Mezcal El Jolgorio's selection of Mezcal made using single varieties of agave comes an expression produced using 100% espadin agave - one of the most popular types of Mezcal production.  More info

Mezcal El Jolgorio Espadin (47.6%)

Mezcal Verde (40%)

70cl, 40%
Verde Momento

Mezcal Verde Momento is not simply a great value-for-money Mezcal - it also celebrates Mexican artists! Each batch features a different label design, making the bottles stand out on the back bar. The…  More info

Mezcal Verde (40%)

Nuestra Soledad Ejutla 2017 - Edition 34

70cl, 41%
Nuestra Soledad

The name Nuestra Soledad pays homage to 'Our Lady the Virgin of Solitude', the patron saint of the city of Oaxaca. This is the 34th edition of the 100% Espadin agave mezcal from La Compañía, Ejutla…  More info

Nuestra Soledad Ejutla 2017 - Edition 34

Mezcal Real Minero Pechuga

70cl, 51.7%
Real Minero

A Pechuga Mezcal from the Real Minero range. For this particular style of Mezcal, the spirit is treated to a third distillation, with fruit and spices in the spirit as well as a chicken breast…  More info

Mezcal Real Minero Pechuga

Del Maguey Arroqueño Mezcal

70cl, 49%
Del Maguey

Another single village Mezcal from Del Maguey, this one featuring maguey Arroqueño. It is double-distilled in an ancient-style clay still with bamboo tubing. A floral, fig-filled, vanilla rich Mezcal.  More info

Del Maguey Arroqueño Mezcal

Mezcal Real Minero Largo

70cl, 50.7%
Real Minero

From the popular Real Minero range comes a Mezcal made using the Largo variety of agave. Enjoy neat to get the full flavour profile of dark chocolate, fresh fruit, roasted agave and rich smoke.  More info

Mezcal Real Minero Largo

Del Maguey Wild Papalome Mezcal

70cl, 45%
Del Maguey

Another fantastic single estate Mezcal by Del Maguey, this one coming from San Pedro Teozacoalco and made with 100% Wild Maguey Papalome agave. The distillation takes place in a stainless steel pot…  More info

Del Maguey Wild Papalome Mezcal

Los Cuerudos Reposado 2015

70cl, 38%
Tradición Chagoya

Reposado Mezcal from the Los Cuerudis selection. Rich and surprisingly sweet, with just a subtly suggestion of classic mezcal smoke coming through.  More info

Los Cuerudos Reposado 2015

Del Maguey San Luis del Rio Azul Mezcal

70cl, 47%
Del Maguey

A limited edition, small batch, single village Mezcal from the remote town of San Luis del Rio in the state of Oaxaca. This is a mature, robust spirit from Del Maguey, with a lovely fruity, earthy…  More info

Del Maguey San Luis del Rio Azul Mezcal
$104.95

Del Maguey San Pablo Ameyaltepec

70cl, 47%
Del Maguey

A Mezcal from the Mexical state of Puebla, which previously did not have a Denominacion de Origen. This is made with papalote (AKA cupreata) agave that were between 12 to 18 years old, and distilled…  More info

Del Maguey San Pablo Ameyaltepec

Marca Negra Dobadán Mezcal

70cl, 47.6%
Marca Negra

This edition of Marca Negra Mezcal has been made using Dobadán agave, a variety not often seen in Mezcal production.  More info

Marca Negra Dobadán Mezcal
$67.94

Mezcal Real Minero Espadín, Largo, Tripón & Barril (46.9%)

70cl, 46.9%
Real Minero

Four different varietals of agave combine their powers to form this Mezcal Real Minero. Espadín, Largo, Tripón and Barril all play their part and form a cohesive expression with a good whack of smoke…  More info

Mezcal Real Minero Espadín, Largo, Tripón & Barril (46.9%)

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