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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 Vago Espadín (50.3%)

70cl, 50.3%
Mezcal Vago

An Espadín agave-based Mezcal from the Mezcal Vago range. An elegant expression, with notes of citrus, minerals and touches of fruity agave. This particular edition was made by mezcalero Joel Barriga.  More info

Mezcal Vago Espadín (50.3%)
$55.52

Madre Mezcal Espadín

70cl, 40%
Madre Mezcal

The Madre Mezcal range is now home to a single agave variety expression! While the classic bottling features a combo of Espadín and Cuishe, this one is all about the Espadín, one of the most popular…  More info

Madre Mezcal Espadín
$43.38

El Rey Zapoteco Tepeztate

70cl, 48%
El Rey Zapoteco

From the family run El Rey Zapoteco in Matatlán, Oaxaca comes this equisite Mezcal. Its produced with the Tepeztate agave, a wild variety that can take up to 25 years to mature – so, not one we see…  More info

El Rey Zapoteco Tepeztate
$97.75

La Medida Espadín

70cl, 40%
La Medida

Mezcal from the La Medida range, produced using the most popular agave variety for mezcal - Espadín. Smoky stuff, with plenty of fruity, earthy flavours behind it.  More info

La Medida Espadín
3
$42.38

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
$38.49

Mezcal Los Javis Jabalí

70cl, 47.8%
Mezcal Los Javis

From Mezcal Los Javis comes an expression produced using the Jabalí variety of agave. Jabalí is a bit notorious for being somewhat difficult to work with, but maestro mezcalero Don Javier Mateo and…  More info

Mezcal Los Javis Jabalí
$114.17

Real Minero Mezcal Espadín

70cl, 52.3%
Real Minero

A joven mezcal from Real Minero, showcasing the Espadín agave! It's one of the most common agave varieties for a reason, and that's because it's brilliant for mezcal making. There's a good dose of…  More info

Real Minero Mezcal Espadín
$95.95

Don Amado Mezcal Tobalá & Bicuishe

70cl, 46%
Don Amado

Distilled in traditional clay pots, this Mezcal from Real de Minas Distillery is made using tobalá and bicuishe agave. With family history of Mezcal production dating back 11 generations, master…  More info

Don Amado Mezcal Tobalá & Bicuishe
$95.95

Bruxo No.2

70cl, 46%
Bruxo

An pechuga-style mezcal from the Bruxo range. While your standard pechuga will be distilled with a piece of chicken hung in the still to allow the vapours to pass over the meat, this is a vegetarian…  More info

Bruxo No.2
$50.46

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
$46.43

Derrumbes Zacatecas Mezcal

70cl, 46.5%
Derrumbes

Here we have Derrumbes Zacatecas Mezcal which is made exclusively with Blue Weber agave, which is usually used for making Tequila. However, the Zacatecas region is famed for creating mezcals in the…  More info

Derrumbes Zacatecas Mezcal
$46.48

QuiQuiRiQui Mole Pechuga

70cl, 49%
QuiQuiRiQui

A rather intriguing expression from QuiQuiRiQui. Usually, Pechuga Mezcal is by redistilling the spirit with a chicken or turkey breast hung in the still along with a selection of nuts, fruits, and…  More info

QuiQuiRiQui Mole Pechuga
$58.60

Xiaman Mezcal Artesanal

70cl, 44%
Xiaman Spirits

This Artesanal mezcal from Xiaman is made from a 50/50 blend of Tepextate and Espadín agave, with the wild Tepextate agave grown for around 25 to 30 years to reach maturity, while the Espadín agave…  More info

Xiaman Mezcal Artesanal
2
$133.39

El Tinieblo Joven - Special Edition #2

75cl, 54%
El Tinieblo

A special edition bottling of mezcal from the El Tinieblo range, made using espadín and verde maguey, and bottled at 54% ABV. The agave is cooked in an earthen pit, crushed with a tahona, and…  More info

El Tinieblo Joven - Special Edition #2
$92.91

Monte Alban Mezcal

70cl, 40%
Monte Alban

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

Monte Alban Mezcal
6
$26.99

Zignum Joven

70cl, 40%
Zignum

Zignum Mezcal is made using espadín agave, which are harvested at the peak of their maturity. Zignum's mezcalero keeps their eye on every aspect of the production of the spirit, from field to bottle,…  More info

Zignum Joven
$36.33

Del Maguey Pechuga Mezcal

70cl, 49%
Del Maguey

An unusual and delicious sipping Mezcal from Del Maguey. This spirit is named "Pechuga", which means chicken breast - a reference to the third distillation, in which a basket of fruit and a chicken…  More info

Del Maguey Pechuga Mezcal
2
$190.96

Mezcales De Leyenda Durango

70cl, 47%
Mezcal De Leyendas

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
1
$60.58

El Cortijo Espadín

70cl, 45%
El Cortijo

An excellent mezcal produced for the El Cortijo range under the watchful eye of mezcalero Alvaro Hernandez, using well-matured Espadín agave. Double distilled and bottled at 45% ABV. Wonderfully…  More info

El Cortijo Espadín
$62.40

Mezcales De Leyenda Guerrero

70cl, 45%
Mezcal De Leyendas

An excellent organic mezcal from the Mezcales de Leyenda selection - their Guerrero expression made using the Cupreata variety of agave.  More info

Mezcales De Leyenda Guerrero
$55.57

La Medida Bicuishe

70cl, 44.9%
La Medida

A punchy mezcal from the La Medida range, which was made exclusively using the Bicuishe agave variety. Enjoyably spicy and herbaceous, with enough sweetness to stop it becoming outrageous.  More info

La Medida Bicuishe
1
$76.73

Mezcal Amores Cupreata

70cl, 41%
Mezcal Amores

A mezcal made with Cupreata agave. Amores plant ten agaves for each one they use.  More info

Mezcal Amores Cupreata
$52.03
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Picaflor Mezcal Espadín (49.39%)

70cl, 49.4%
Picaflor

This edition of Picaflor's Mezcal Espadín is bottled at a higher ABV than the original. It boasts some fabulous cooked agave flavour and has a pretty hip looking tattooed bird man on the label, in…  More info

Picaflor Mezcal Espadín (49.39%)
$63.61

Mezcales de Leyenda San Luis Potosí

70cl, 42%
Mezcal De Leyendas

Blanco mezcal from the Mezcales de Leyenda range (which promotes spirits from small producers, with a big focus of social sustainability and environmental responsibility). This particular expression…  More info

Mezcales de Leyenda San Luis Potosí
1
$65.63

Picaflor Mezcal Wild

70cl, 47.9%
Picaflor

Picaflor Mezcal celebrates the stirling work of the hummingbird, which is integral in the pollination of the agave plant! Picaflor Mezcal Wild includes both Espadín (Angustifolia Haw) and Madrecuishe…  More info

Picaflor Mezcal Wild
$86.85

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