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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 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
2
$50.81
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Pensador Mezcal Gift Pack with 2x Copitas

50cl, 48%
Pensador

A neat gift pack from Pensador, featuring a bottle of its excellent Mezcal (made with a combo of espadín and madre-cuishe agave), alongside a pair of ceramic copitas - just the ticket for enjoying…  More info

Pensador Mezcal Gift Pack with 2x Copitas
$61.79

Corte Vetusto Tobalá

70cl, 43.8%
Corte Vetusto

The Corte Vetusto Tobalá comes hand-crafted by fourth generation master distiller Juan Carlos Gonzalez Diaz, and boasts 100% wild agave. This Joven (un-aged) mezcal stands at 42% ABV. It's a smooth…  More info

Corte Vetusto Tobalá
4
$97.67
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Ojo de Tigre Joven Mezcal

70cl, 37%
Ojo de Tigre

This artisanal mezcal from Ojo de Tigre showcases a blend of both Espadín and Tobalá agave! This is an unaged Joven expression, with oodles of fresh fruit and citrus to be found alongside gentle…  More info

Ojo de Tigre Joven Mezcal
$35.35

Picaflor Mezcal Espadín

70cl, 43%
Picaflor

This joven mezcal from the Picaflor range is made using 100% Espadin agave. There's a pretty dope looking tattooed bird man on the label, having a nibble on some agave flowers; it turns out the…  More info

Picaflor Mezcal Espadín
$49.82

Corte Vetusto Ensamble II

70cl, 43.5%
Corte Vetusto

This is the second limited edition Joven (unaged) bottling from Corte Vetusto and fourth generation 'master mezcalero' Juan Carlos Gonzalez Diaz in a range that was created to educate and challenge…  More info

Corte Vetusto Ensamble II
$99.66

Convite Espadín Madrecuishe Mezcal

70cl, 42%
Convite

An artesanal unaged mezcal from the Convite range, made with a blend of Espadín and Madrecuishe agave. While many joven mezcals are great for mixing, this one certainly stands up to being sipped and…  More info

Convite Espadín Madrecuishe Mezcal
$50.30

The Lost Explorer Tobalá Mezcal

70cl, 42%
The Lost Explorer

An intriguing unaged mezcal from The Lost Explorer, produced entirely with the wild Tobalá agave. The rare variety is grown for 10 years before it's harvested, and this is a particularly complex…  More info

The Lost Explorer Tobalá Mezcal
$102.66

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
$68.51

Se Busca Mezcal Añejo

70cl, 40%
Se Busca

Añejo mezcal produced for the Se Busca range, which was named as a tribute to the woman that fought in the Mexican revolution. Sitting at the top of the range, this expression boasts heavy oak…  More info

Se Busca Mezcal Añejo
$55.79

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
$86.70

Enmascarado 54

70cl, 54%
Enmascarado

A marvellous Mezcal from the Enmascarado range ('Enmascarado' means 'masked hero', hence the charming chap on the label). This has been bottled at a full-bodied 54% ABV, so it'll stand out in…  More info

Enmascarado 54
$70.65

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
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$53.79

Koch Elemental Espadín

70cl, 40%
Koch El

An artisanal mezcal from the ever-wonderful Koch, made entirely with the popular Espadín agave. With its balance of tropical fruit, smoke, and herbaceous flavours, it'll no doubt stand out in a…  More info

Koch Elemental Espadín
$35.84
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Ojo de Dios ODD Café

70cl, 35%
Ojo de Dios

The folks at Ojo de Dios have gone and brewed up a marvellous concoction here, combining its glorious Ojo de Dios Joven Mezcal with rich coffee. The result is a tremendous sipper served neat over ice…  More info

Ojo de Dios ODD Café
$54.84

Monte Alban Mezcal

70cl, 40%
Monte Alban

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

Monte Alban Mezcal
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$27.42

Banhez Joven Ensemble Mezcal

70cl, 42%
Banhez

A top mezcal from Banhez, perfect for mixing or sipping! It's a blend of 90% Espadín agave and 10% Barril agave, with oodles of tropical fruit sweetness balancing a whiff of smoke. We're already…  More info

Banhez Joven Ensemble Mezcal
$40.01
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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
$98.68

Montelobos Ensamble Joven Mezcal

70cl, 45.3%
Casa Montelobos

While the classic Montelobos Joven Mezcal is made using espadin agave, the Ensamble expression gives the espadin some friends to play with. This edition features tobala and papalote agave alongside…  More info

Montelobos Ensamble Joven Mezcal
$64.26
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Derrumbes Durango Mezcal

70cl, 44.9%
Derrumbes

A marvellous mezcal from Derrumbes, this expression was produced in the Mexican state of Durango. The wild agave variety, Durangensis is traditionally processed by maestro mezcalero Uriel Simental,…  More info

Derrumbes Durango Mezcal
$54.80

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
$117.67

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
$59.79

Mezcal Vago Ensamble

70cl, 50.8%
Mezcal Vago

A superb mezcal from Emigdio Jarquín Ramirez for Mezcal Vago, produced from a selection of Cuishe, Madrecuishe, and Tepeztate agave. The agave is ground by a stone Tahona wheel, after being roasted…  More info

Mezcal Vago Ensamble
$91.70

Convite Esencial Joven Mezcal

70cl, 40%
Convite

A lightly smoky, herbaceous mezcal here from Convite, perfect for all those agave-based cocktails you've been meaning to shake up! The artesanal mezcal is produced from the popular Espadín agave, and…  More info

Convite Esencial Joven Mezcal
$42.82
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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
$44.86

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