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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.

Derrumbes Zacatecas Mezcal

70cl, 47.1%
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
$57.08

Koch El Maguey Espadín

70cl, 47%
Koch El

From the ever wonderful Koch El range comes this expression, made using the much loved Espadín agave sourced from San Baltazar Guelavila. This joven mezcal is unaged, bottled at 47% ABV. A great…  More info

Koch El Maguey Espadín
$43.02

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%
$56.81
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Cinco Elementos Maguey Tobalá

70cl, 50%
Cinco Elementos

Wild Tobalá agave is the star of this unaged mezcal from Cinco Elementos. Found growing in rocky hills and mountains, it takes longer to reach maturity than more common agave varieties, harvested…  More info

Cinco Elementos Maguey Tobalá
$81.79

Gente de Mezcal Espadín

75cl, 48%
Gente De Mezcal

A joven mezcal from Gente de Mezcal made using only the Espadín agave, harvested from the Oaxaca region. The production method follows traditional techniques and acestral knowledge from the Mexican…  More info

Gente de Mezcal Espadín
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$75.32

Papadiablo Mezcal Especial (47.7%)

70cl, 47.7%
Papadiablo

Pope Devil. That's what the name of this excellent joven Mezcal translates to. As we're sure you'll agree, that's a pretty strong and genuinely awesome name - and those adjectives do indeed also…  More info

Papadiablo Mezcal Especial (47.7%)
$79.55

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
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$74.25

La Medida Tepeztate

70cl, 47.8%
La Medida

La Medida sourced some rare Tepeztate agave for this mezcal! The wild agave was roasted for three days before it was distilled, and this joven expression saw no ageing, so it's full of fresh fruit…  More info

La Medida Tepeztate
$89.33

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
$76.29
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Alipus San Baltazar (47.5%)

70cl, 47.5%
Alipus

An unaged Mezcal from San Baltazar, produced by Cosme and Cirilo Hernández using Espadin agave. Bottled by Alipus, whom specialise in seeking out great Mezcal from smaller producers.  More info

Alipus San Baltazar (47.5%)
$57.97

Telegram Joven Mezcal

70cl, 45%
Ponet Spirits

An artisanal mezcal distilled in Oaxaca with the Espadín agave, Telegram Joven Mezcal blends together twice distilled spirit from two different maestros mezcaleros. The marriage of the mezcals…  More info

Telegram Joven Mezcal
$46.25

La Medida Tobala

70cl, 40%
La Medida

A joven mezcal from La Medida, produced with the Tobala agave! The agave is harvested from the wild at 1,900 meters above sea level, and this expression is the smokiest from the range.  More info

La Medida Tobala
$64.56

Cinco Elementos Maguey Espadín

70cl, 48%
Cinco Elementos

It's probably little surprise that Cinco Elementos looks to marry the five elements in its mezcal! This artisanal mezcal is produced from Maguay Espadín agave, one of the most commonly used…  More info

Cinco Elementos Maguey Espadín
$52.71

Se Busca Mezcal Reposado

70cl, 40%
Se Busca

This is the reposado expression from the Se Busca Mezcal range, which was named as a tribute to the women who fought in the Mexican Revolution for a new constitution. The oak has helped to develop…  More info

Se Busca Mezcal Reposado
$54.87

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
$120.79

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
$42.14

Mezcal Eterno Añejo No.1

50cl, 40%
Mezcal Eterno

Mezcal Eterno is produced traditionally by fourth generation mezcal producer Don Nacho in the San Dionisio Ocotepec region, Oaxaca. It's made from 100% Espadín Agave (harvested after around 10 years)…  More info

Mezcal Eterno Añejo No.1
$53.80

La Medida Madrecuishe

70cl, 46.6%
La Medida

The La Medida range features a selection of mezcals produced with single varieties of agave - this particular expression features Madrecuishe agave. A great, smoky treat!  More info

La Medida Madrecuishe
$75.32

Koch El Maguey Tepeztate

70cl, 46.8%
Koch El

Mezcal from the Koch El range, which specialises in spirits made using single varieties of agave. For example, this expression is produced using the Tepeztate agave - which is a rather uncommon…  More info

Koch El Maguey Tepeztate
$80.71

Ven A Mi Reposado

70cl, 38%
Ven A Mi

The Ven A Mi Reposado is a Mezcal, which is a Tequila style drink made throughout Mexico. Tequila has to be made from the Blue Agave plant whereas Mezcal can use a variety of Agave plants. The other…  More info

Ven A Mi Reposado
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$82.33
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Derrumbes Michoacan Mezcal (43.7%)

70cl, 43.7%
Derrumbes

This Mezcal from the Derrumbes range blends two varieties of agave together into one spirit. The Cupreata and Cenizo agave plants have juxtaposing flavour profiles (the former is fruity and vibrant,…  More info

Derrumbes Michoacan Mezcal (43.7%)
$67.66

Derrumbes Oaxaca Mezcal

70cl, 47.5%
Derrumbes

A Derrumbes Mezcal from Oaxaca, made with Espadín agave, cooked in a traditional underground pit and double distilled. It is allowed to rest for three months before the Mezcal is bottled in these…  More info

Derrumbes Oaxaca Mezcal
$50

Animas Espadín

70cl, 44%
Animas

This is a delicious mezcal crafted by Animas using a single agave variety, Espadín, which were harvested at 7 years old. It was double distilled using traditional methods before it was bottled at 44%…  More info

Animas Espadín
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$50.13

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
$79.49

Los Siete Misterios Coyote 2017

70cl, 47.2%
Los Siete Misterios

This mezcal from Los 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 2017
$125.09

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