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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.

Mezcal Amores Espadín (2020 Edition)

70cl, 41%
Mezcal Amores

This right here is the 2020 edition of Mezcal Amores' Espadín-based mezcal, a wonderfully flavoursome and fruity expression, with enough smoke to offer a brilliantly balanced flavour profile. What's…  More info

Mezcal Amores Espadín (2020 Edition)
$45.97

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
$64.61
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Zignum Reposado

70cl, 40%
Zignum

This mezcal boasts strong agave flavour, complemented by sweet toasted character from a maturation of 8 months in American white oak barrels. It doesn’t have the smoked flavour profile of many…  More info

Zignum Reposado
$40.36
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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
$87.85

Casamigos Mezcal Joven

70cl, 40%
Casamigos

George Clooney and Rande Gerber may have sold their five-year-old tequila company, Casamigos, to Diageo for $700 million (with the potential for another $300 million based on sales performance,…  More info

Casamigos Mezcal Joven
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$58.49

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
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$97
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El Rey Zapoteco Tobalá

70cl, 45%
El Rey Zapoteco

El Rey Zapoteco has been producing artisinal Mezcal since the 1960s, making it one of the oldest producers in Oaxaca! The family run estate grows its own agave and ensures traditional methods…  More info

El Rey Zapoteco Tobalá
$95.73

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)
$24.19

Bozal Tobasiche

75cl, 47%
Bozal

From the Bozal range comes an intense, earthy Mezcal made using the Tobasiche agave. Top stuff, and with a very stylish bottle to boot.  More info

Bozal Tobasiche
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$76.23

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
$111.10

Alipús San Andrés 47%

70cl, 47%
Alipus

An Alipús Mezcal here from San Andrés - a rich, surprisingly wood-y joven Mezcal, perfect for sipping neat or taking centre stage in a cocktail.  More info

Alipús San Andrés 47%
$53.30

El Rey Zapoteco Cuishe

70cl, 45%
El Rey Zapoteco

A fascinating Mezcal from El Rey Zapoteco, which has been producing artisinal Mezcal in Oaxaca for 60 years! This particular expression is made using the Cuishe agave varietal which grows wild and…  More info

El Rey Zapoteco Cuishe
$95.73

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
$67.65

Gem & Bolt Mezcal

70cl, 44%
Gem & Bolt

Gem & Bolt Mezcal is made using espadín agave, but that's not all - it also features damiana, a traditional Mexican herb. The name comes from a story of how Mezcal came to be: a lightning bolt struck…  More info

Gem & Bolt Mezcal
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$55.57

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
$100.92

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
$56.53

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
$71.59

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
$55.52

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
$58.60
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Mezcal Vago Madrecuishe

70cl, 50.5%
Mezcal Vago

An excellent mezcal from the Mezcal Vago range, produced by Emigdio Jarquín Ramirez using the Madrecuishe agave variety. Enjoyably flavoursome, with a fine balance between familiar savoury notes of…  More info

Mezcal Vago Madrecuishe
$91.90

Picaflor Mezcal Espadín

70cl, 42.8%
Picaflor

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

Picaflor Mezcal Espadín
$50.48

Ojo de Dios Joven

70cl, 42%
Ojo de Dios

An artisinal mezcal from Ojo de Dios (which translates at 'God’s eye'), produced from Espadin agave. This here is a Joven bottling, so after the agave is roasted for around 10 days and double…  More info

Ojo de Dios Joven
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$48.28

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
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$45.46

El Tinieblo Reposado

75cl, 40%
El Tinieblo

Fabulous reposado mezcal from El Tinieblo, this is made using traditional methods, then aged in ex-bourbon barrels for six to nine months. Rancho El Tinieblo has a history dating back to 1865, so…  More info

El Tinieblo Reposado
$73.71

El Recuerdo Joven

70cl, 40%
El Recuerdo

Hailing from the Oaxaca region of Mexico, El Recuerdo Joven is a solid, well balanced Mezcal. Ideal for cocktails, or sipped neat alongside a chunky wedge of fresh, juicy orange.  More info

El Recuerdo Joven
$30.30

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