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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.

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
$52.54

Don Amado Mezcal Reposado

70cl, 45%
Don Amado

Wonderful clay pot distilled Mezcal from Real de Minas Distillery and the Don Amado range. Following popular Oaxacan tradition, this is aged for six months in ex brandy casks, to impart a satisfying…  More info

Don Amado Mezcal Reposado
$75.73

Mezcal Los Javis Tobalá

70cl, 46.1%
Mezcal Los Javis

This is a tasty mezcal from Mezcal Los Javis, crafted using traditional methods (like crushing the agave with a tahona, and open-air wooden vats for fermentation). This expression was made using the…  More info

Mezcal Los Javis Tobalá
$96.73

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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$70.73

Le Tribute Mezcal

70cl, 45%
Le Tribute

Le Tribute Mezcal is made using 100% Cenizo Silvestre agave, produced by maestro mezcalero Alan Hernández. The agave is cooked in volcanic stone ovens using holm oak, and after distillation it's…  More info

Le Tribute Mezcal
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$57.55
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Mezcal Los Javis Salmiana

70cl, 47.9%
Mezcal Los Javis

This expression from Mezcal Los Javis (produced by maestro mezcalero Don Javier Mateo and his team) was made using the Salmiana variety of agave – which is sometimes known as "green giant",…  More info

Mezcal Los Javis Salmiana
$114.17

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
$60.31

El Tinieblo Joven

75cl, 40%
El Tinieblo

Handcrafted joven mezcal, made at Rancho El Tinieblo – which is both a ranch and a nature reserve! The team plants 25 agave plants for each one they harvest, and presents its mezcal in a bottle made…  More info

El Tinieblo Joven
$63.61

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
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$83.81

Don Amado Mezcal Rústico

70cl, 47%
Don Amado

Unaged mezcal from Real de Minas Distillery in the highlands of southern Mexico, released for the Don Amado Mezcal range. Master distiller Germán Bonifacio Arellanes certainly has some know how, his…  More info

Don Amado Mezcal Rústico
$70.68

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
$64.60

Mezcales Cosmicos Madrecuishe

70cl, 46%
Mezcales Cosmicos

Mezcales Cosmicos found some Madrecuishe agave for this mezcal! Because this particular variety has a low water content, the mezcal made from it is generally full of mineral and floral notes. This…  More info

Mezcales Cosmicos Madrecuishe
$100.99

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%)
$63.49

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
$47.47

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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$47.03

Mezcales Cosmicos Espadín-Tepeztate

70cl, 48%
Mezcales Cosmicos

An unaged, joven mezcal from Mezcales Cosmicos, this Espadín-Tepeztate expression is made with a blend of the two eponymous agave varieties! While Espadín is a more common variety, Tepeztate is rarer…  More info

Mezcales Cosmicos Espadín-Tepeztate
$100.99

Memorable Bicuishe

70cl, 47.5%
Memorable

This expression from the Memorable Mezcal range (it's an easy name to remember) is made exclusively from Bicuishe agave - wild agave, in particular. It isn't all that common to see, but it is very…  More info

Memorable Bicuishe
$92.31

Mina Real Mezcal Blanco

70cl, 46%
Mina Real

Ecologically sustainable blanco mezcal from Mina Real in Oaxaca! By employing an innovative steaming method to slow cook its agave, the consumption of firewood is avoided. Agave juices are fermented…  More info

Mina Real Mezcal Blanco
$60.58

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
$70.68

Mezcal Vago Ensamble

70cl, 50.8%
Mezcal Vago

A superb mezcal from Emigdio Jarquín Ramirez for Mezcal Vago, produced from a selection of Cuishe, Madrecuishe, and Tepeztate agave. The agave is ground by a stone Tahona wheel, after being roasted…  More info

Mezcal Vago Ensamble
$92.91

La Medida Mexicano Chichicapam

70cl, 46.5%
La Medida

Another magnificent Mezcal from the La Medida range, which specialises in single agave variety expressions. This particular edition was created using the Mexicano agave, so you can taste it and…  More info

La Medida Mexicano Chichicapam
$77.76

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
$54.81

Koch El Maguey Arroqueño

70cl, 47.1%
Koch El

Another splendid mezcal from Koch El Maguey, this expression is produced in Río de Ejutla, Oaxaca from the Arroqueño agave variety, which takes between eight and fifteen years to reach maturity.…  More info

Koch El Maguey Arroqueño
$69.66

Clase Azul Durango

70cl, 44%
Clase Azul

A magnificent mezcal from Clase Azul, made with wild Cenizo agave which is native to the Mexican state of Durango. The agave itself takes between 12 to 15 years to grow before it can be harvested…  More info

Clase Azul Durango

Pelotón de la Muerte

70cl, 41%
Destilados Artesanales

Pelotón de la Muerte is a silver Mezcal made using Espadin agave. The name means 'Brigade of Death', named after a group of insurgents during the Mexican Revolution - their flag is also featured on…  More info

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