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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.

Código 1530 Mezcal Artesanal

70cl, 42%
Código 1530

This single-village mezcal from Código 1530 is made in Oaxaca from a combination of espadín and tobala magueys. The agave hearts have been roasted in an earthen oven and the juice extracted with a…  More info

Código 1530 Mezcal Artesanal
$57.08

Montelobos Pechuga Mezcal

70cl, 47.9%
Casa Montelobos

Prepare yourselves for this Pechuga Mezcal from Montelobos. Firstly, it's made with Espadin agave, though the secret (not so secret) ingredient is added before the final distillation, when a turkey…  More info

Montelobos Pechuga Mezcal
$109.69

La Medida Madrecuishe

70cl, 47.1%
La Medida

Behold, another expression of La Medida Mezcal! The range explores a whole host of agave varieties (agvarieties?), with this particular expression being made with the Madrecuishe variety. Madrecuishe…  More info

La Medida Madrecuishe
$69.76

Mezcal Amores Espadín Reposado

70cl, 40%
Mezcal Amores

A fab reposado Mezcal from Mezcal Amores, produced with eight year old Espadín agave. Rested for at least three months in barrels crafted from two types of oak, the spirit's vanilla notes have…  More info

Mezcal Amores Espadín Reposado
$54.09

Mezcal Vago Ensamble en Barro

70cl, 49.5%
Mezcal Vago

A marvellous expression from Mezcal Vago, this Ancestral mezcal was produced by mezcalero Tío Rey using a combination of Espadín, Coyote, and Mexicano agave, roasted in earthen ovens for several…  More info

Mezcal Vago Ensamble en Barro
$90.70

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
$131.65

Derrumbes Oaxaca Mezcal

70cl, 46.7%
Derrumbes

Showing off the classic characteristics of mezcal from the Central Valley of Oaxaca, this splendid expression is brought to us by Derrumbes. Produced with Espadin agave, delicately roasted in a stone…  More info

Derrumbes Oaxaca Mezcal
$46.30

El Rey Zapoteco Añejo

70cl, 44%
El Rey Zapoteco

From one of Oaxaca's oldest artisanal Mezcal brands, El Rey Zapoteco comes this exceptional Añejo Mezcal. Produced using 100% Espadín agave, grown on the family estate, traditional methods are…  More info

El Rey Zapoteco Añejo
$60.78

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
$61.58

Derrumbes Tamulipas

70cl, 46.7%
Derrumbes

Derrumbes brings you a blend of three rare agave, Univittata, Funkiana, and Americana, while Americana is the only agave that can be found outside the state of Tampaulipas. Though unfortunately this…  More info

Derrumbes Tamulipas
$52.86

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
$41.82

Código 1530 Mezcal Ancestral

70cl, 43%
Código 1530

Mezcal Ancestral from Código 1530 is part of the brand's first forays away from Tequila and into the mezcal category. This exquisite, joven ancestral mezcal, made with 100% papalome maguey from…  More info

Código 1530 Mezcal Ancestral
$164.53

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
$39.84
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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
7
$62.81

The Lost Explorer Espadín Mezcal

70cl, 42%
The Lost Explorer

Agave aficionado The Lost Explorer has created this joven mezcal with the well-loved Espadín agave, grown to full maturity and harvested at eight years old! The variety of agave is commonly used for…  More info

The Lost Explorer Espadín Mezcal
$59.28

The Lost Explorer Salmiana Mezcal

70cl, 42%
The Lost Explorer

A super herbaceous mezcal from The Lost Explorer, showing off the brilliance of the Salmiana agave! The wild species is found at high altitudes, making it rather hard to forage – but it's certainly…  More info

The Lost Explorer Salmiana Mezcal
$129.59

El Recuerdo Joven

70cl, 40%
El Recuerdo

Hailing from the Mexican capital Oaxaca, El Recuerdo mezcal of which UFC fighter Jorge Masvidal is an owner. A solid joven, this is ideal for cocktails, or sipped neat alongside a chunky wedge of…  More info

El Recuerdo Joven
$33.36

La Medida Tobasiche

70cl, 47.3%
La Medida

A Tobasiche agave-based mezcal produced as part of the La Medida range. Tobasiche is a popular choice for mezcal makin' and produces a spirit rich in earthy/forest-y notes alongside the traditional…  More info

La Medida Tobasiche
1
$82.72

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
$96.48

Mezcal de Leyendas Tobalá

70cl, 48.7%
Mezcal De Leyendas

The gang at Mezcal de Leyendas cares about agave, from farming and processing it sustainably to showcasing singular varieties in its spirits. In this case, mezcalero Aarón Robles used 100% Maguey…  More info

Mezcal de Leyendas Tobalá
$77.74

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
$38.28

Jaral De Berrio Mezcal

70cl, 36%
Jaral de Berrio

Jaral de Berrio Mezcal is made using 100% Salmiana agave using traditional methods. The Salmiana species is native to central and southern Mexico. A surprisingly sweet nose develops vegetal notes of…  More info

Jaral De Berrio Mezcal
1
$33.15

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
$85.72

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
$91.70

El Recuerdo Abocado con Gusano (with worm)

70cl, 40%
El Recuerdo

Produced using 100% Agave Espadín, in the Oaxaca region of Mexico comes El Recuerdo Gusano. You’ll notice it says “Abocado con Gusano” on the label, this is Spanish for “enriched with agave worm”,…  More info

El Recuerdo Abocado con Gusano (with worm)
$35.35

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