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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
$58.87

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
1
$58.82

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
$77.69

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
$108.80

Animas Espadín-Cupreata

70cl, 48%
Animas

This Animas mezcal is made with a blend of two agave varieties - Espadín and Cupreata. The Espadín agave plants are harvested at 7 years old, while the Cupreata agave is harvested at 9 years old.…  More info

Animas Espadín-Cupreata
1
$75.48

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%)
$59.79

Bruxo No.3

70cl, 46%
Bruxo

Number three in Bruxo's range is made with wild Barril agave from the San Agustín Amatengo hills in Oaxaca. Please note: The wax on this bottle is rather fragile. Do not panic if you see cracks in…  More info

Bruxo No.3
$62.90
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Koch El Ensamble De Ejutla

70cl, 47.7%
Koch El

While the majority of the Koch El mezcal range is made with single varieties of agave, the Ensamble De Ejutla brings five of them together to create a wonderful expression. Those five agaves are…  More info

Koch El Ensamble De Ejutla
$64.48

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
$84.36

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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$49.29

Memorable Arroqueno

70cl, 46.7%
Memorable

From the Memorable Mezcal series comes a spirit produced using the Arroqueno variety of agave. The whole Memorable range is made using wild agave - none of that farming or cultivation here. Just…  More info

Memorable Arroqueno
1
$111.01

Real Minero Mezcal Espadín

70cl, 53.8%
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
$105.47

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
3
$76.59

Creyente Mezcal Joven

70cl, 40%
Creyente

Creyente Mezcal is made with a blend of two top-notch Mezcals from Tlacolula and Yautepec, both of which are in Oaxaca. The frankly awesome animal you see on the label is a metaphor for the spirit -…  More info

Creyente Mezcal Joven
$58.35

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
$66.08

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
$54.37

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
$56.59

Los Siete Misterios Arroqueno 2017

70cl, 44.8%
Los Siete Misterios

Another single-agave mezcal from the Los Siete Misterios range, this one made using the Arroqueno agave, which is related to Espadin (one of the most common varieties used in mezcal production). This…  More info

Los Siete Misterios Arroqueno 2017
$110.79

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
$77.69

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
$58.87

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
$83.25

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
$68.82

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
$51.57

El Mero Cuchillero Joven 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 Cuchillero Joven Mezcal
$66.59
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Koch El Maguey Barril

70cl, 47%
Koch El

This release from the Koch El mezcal range was produced exclusively using barril agave (which kind of look like they have a barrel-shaped trunk - coincidence?). Be ready for a particularly intense…  More info

Koch El Maguey Barril
$73.75

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