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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.

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
$69.91

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
$87.48

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
$60.50

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
$93.58

Se Busca Mezcal Joven

70cl, 40%
Se Busca

Se Busca, which means 'wanted' in Spanish, is a tribute to the women of the Mexican Revolution, the outlaws of their time. This Mezcal Joven is made from 100% agave at at an undisclosed distillery.  More info

Se Busca Mezcal Joven
$48.78

Del Maguey Tobala (Wild Mountain) Mezcal

70cl, 45%
Del Maguey

Single Village Mezcal from Del Maguey, made using Tobala agave which are grown at a very high elevation. They are also much smaller than your average agave plant. It takes about eight of these Tobala…  More info

Del Maguey Tobala (Wild Mountain) Mezcal
$120.08

Memorable Espadín

70cl, 47.1%
Memorable

Espadín-based agave from the Memorable Mezcal range, which is interestingly produced exclusively using wild grown agave. They let Mother Nature do her thing, the harvest the agave and turn it in to…  More info

Memorable Espadín
$60.74

Del Maguey Wild Jabalí Mezcal

70cl, 47%
Del Maguey

Del Maguey have done it again with this funky mezcal made using Jabalí, a rarer agave that's not commonly used as it's significantly more difficult to distil - the little rascal. Jabalí actually…  More info

Del Maguey Wild Jabalí Mezcal
$100.99

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%)
$64.07

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
$53.88

Mezcales De Leyenda Oaxaca

70cl, 48.7%
Destilados Artesanales

An Espadin agave-based organic Mezcal from the Mezcales de Leyenda range, using agave from Oaxaca.  More info

Mezcales De Leyenda Oaxaca
$81.19

Los Siete Misterios Espadín/Mexicanito Ensamble 2020

70cl, 44%
Los Siete Misterios

You don't often see mezcal brands mixing agave strains, let alone declaring it, but Los Siete Misterios is making expressions that are all about showcasing the way two different varieties can come…  More info

Los Siete Misterios Espadín/Mexicanito Ensamble 2020
$96.62

Bruxo No.4

70cl, 46%
Bruxo

The fourth mezcal in the Bruxo range is made with Espadin, Barril and Cuishe agave from Las Salinas.  More info

Bruxo No.4
$67.11

Bruxo No.5

70cl, 46%
Bruxo

Artisanal mezcal (most mezcals are) made with Tobala agave in San Agustín Amatengo.  More info

Bruxo No.5
$91.32

Corte Vetusto Ensamble II

70cl, 43.5%
Corte Vetusto

This is the second limited edition Joven (unaged) bottling from Corte Vetusto and fourth generation 'master mezcalero' Juan Carlos Gonzalez Diaz in a range that was created to educate and challenge…  More info

Corte Vetusto Ensamble II
$101.70

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%)
$55.92

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
$96.42

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)
$36.07

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
$54.38
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Mezcal De Leyendas 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

Mezcal De Leyendas Durango
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$71.18

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
$50.83

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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$47.37

Los Siete Misterios Espadín/Cuishe Ensamble 2020

70cl, 44%
Los Siete Misterios

An intriguing mezcal this from Los Siete Misterios, who brought together two different strains of agave, both the classic espadín as well as cuishe.  More info

Los Siete Misterios Espadín/Cuishe Ensamble 2020
$96.62

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
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$71.23

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
$114.99

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