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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.

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)
$113.41

Marca Negra Tepeztate Mezcal

70cl, 47.3%
Marca Negra

Another fantastic Marca Negra, this time from San Luis del Rio, Tlacolula, Oaxaca. Made with wild grown Agave Marmorata it exhibits fantastic savoury and fruity smoke notes, both slightly vegetal and…  More info

Marca Negra Tepeztate Mezcal
$70.23

Los Siete Misterios Coyote 2015

70cl, 46.3%
Los Siete Misterios

This mezcal from Les Siete is made with the Coyote variety of agave, which isn't often seen being used in mezcal production - interesting stuff indeed! This bottling is the 2015 vintage, and features…  More info

Los Siete Misterios Coyote 2015
$120.79

Ilegal Añejo

50cl, 40%
Speciality Drinks

"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
$62.87

Mezcal San Cosme

70cl, 40%
Mezcal San Cosme

A close relative to tequila, mezcal can be made with one of 8 different types of agave, whereas tequila can only be made with blue agave. It's also very tasty and traditional (kind of like a Cornish…  More info

Mezcal San Cosme
$38.36

Del Maguey Espadin Especial Mezcal

70cl, 45%
Del Maguey

A single village Mezcal, made exclusively with 100% Espadin Agave by Del Maguey, who have a tendency to make utterly fantastic Mezcal. Richly floral with sweet notes of butterscotch and pineapple.  More info

Del Maguey Espadin Especial Mezcal
$114.17

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
$70.23

Del Maguey San Luis del Rio Mezcal

70cl, 47%
Del Maguey

A wonderful small-batch Mezcal bottled by Del Maguey as part of their single village range of Mezcals. This was distilled in San Luis del Rio in Oaxaca and it has a superb flavour.  More info

Del Maguey San Luis del Rio Mezcal
3
$71.56

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
$103.72

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
$44.12

Del Maguey San Jose Rio Minas Mezcal

70cl, 48%
Del Maguey

Yet another fantastic single village Mezcal from Del Maguey, all of which are unique, not only in origin but flavour. This limited edition expression packs lush notes of papaya, peach and refreshing…  More info

Del Maguey San Jose Rio Minas Mezcal
$114.17

Ilegal Joven

50cl, 40%
Speciality Drinks

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
$35.30

La Venenosa Raicilla Sur de Jalisco

70cl, 47%
La Venenosa

Raicilla from the village of Zapotitlan de Vadillo, high up in the Jalisco hills. Cenizo Costeño, which is roasted in an earthen oven and twice distilled in a Filipino still.  More info

La Venenosa Raicilla Sur de Jalisco
$70.67

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
$116.23

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
$66.97

Bruxo No.5

70cl, 46%
Bruxo

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

Bruxo No.5
$73.85

Mezcales De Leyenda Durango

70cl, 47%
Mezcales De Leyenda

From the Mezcales de Leyenda range comes a Mezcal produced using agave duranguensis, featuring a bat on the label.  More info

Mezcales De Leyenda Durango
$56.73

Marca Negra Ensamble Mezcal

70cl, 48.1%
Marca Negra

A rather delectable Mezcal from the Marca Negra range, created using 3 different types of agave - Espadin (which is one of the more popular varieties used in Mezcal production), Bicuishe and…  More info

Marca Negra Ensamble Mezcal
$70.23

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
$109.60

Los Siete Misterios Doba-Yej 2013

70cl, 45.5%
Los Siete Misterios

This is the 2013 vintage Doba-Yej mezcal from Los Siete Misterios, made using Angustifolia Haw agave and a double distillation technique. Mezcal can be made with a wide variety of agave, unlike…  More info

Los Siete Misterios Doba-Yej 2013
$78.42

Lágrimas de Dolores Mezcal Joven

70cl, 45%
Lágrimas de Dolores

This Mezcal from Lagrimas De Dolores is allowed to age for a year in white oak casks before being bottled, which compliments the smoky notes of the spirit.  More info

Lágrimas de Dolores Mezcal Joven
$79.00

Pescador de Sueños Arroqueño

70cl, 48.4%
Pescador de Sueños

Mezcal from Sola de Vega's Tío Fernando, made with large arroqueño (Americana Oaxaquensis) agave.  More info

Pescador de Sueños Arroqueño
$148.65

Del Maguey Wild Tepextate Mezcal

70cl, 45%
Del Maguey

Another excellent Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal, this time featuring the light, sweet and subtly spices notes of rare wild Tepextate agave, which grows at high altitudes. Superb stuff.  More info

Del Maguey Wild Tepextate Mezcal
$105.86

Zignum Reposado Mezcal

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 Mezcal
$44.10

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
$108.48

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