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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.

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
$110.96

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
$110.96

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
$64.33

Koch El Ensamble

70cl, 47%
Koch El

This Ensamble mezcal from Koch El shines a light on rare varieties of agave. You'll find a quartet of agaves in here, with wild Tobala, Tobasiche, Lumbre and Cirial all used. Unlike some mezcals,…  More info

Koch El Ensamble
$85.43

Mezcal Vago Ensamble en Barro

70cl, 48.3%
Mezcal Vago

An excellent expression here from Mezcal Vago, crafted by mezcalero Tío Rey using a combination of agave varietals. This particular bottling was made using 80% Espadin and 20% Coyote agave, which was…  More info

Mezcal Vago Ensamble en Barro
1
$98.75

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
$108.75

Memorable Madrecuishe

70cl, 45%
Memorable

From the Memorable Mezcal range, which is all about using wild agave to make the spirits, comes an expression produced exclusively with Madrecuishe agave. Madrecuishe is part of the Karwinskii…  More info

Memorable Madrecuishe
$107.63

Memorable Tepeztate

70cl, 47.1%
Memorable

A marvellous treat from the Memorable Mezcal range, made using wild agave - specifically the Tepeztate variety of agave! You can expect softly smoky notes here, along with some mineral-rich elements…  More info

Memorable Tepeztate
$110.96

Mezcal Amores Espadín (2019 Edition)

70cl, 37%
Mezcal Amores

A 2019 edition of Mezcal Amores' Espadín expression, made with the titular agave variety. The plants are harvested at between seven to ten years of age, and cooked in a conical stone oven before…  More info

Mezcal Amores Espadín (2019 Edition)
$56.56

Koch El Maguey Espadín (46.7%)

70cl, 46.7%
Koch El

Mezcal from the Koch El range, produced using Espadín agave - one of the most popular varieties for mezcal production. A great introduction to the selection...  More info

Koch El Maguey Espadín (46.7%)
1
$44.35

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

Pelotón de la Muerte
3
$38.93

Montelobos Ensamble Joven Mezcal

70cl, 45.3%
Casa Montelobos

While the classic Montelobos Joven Mezcal is made using espadin agave, the Ensamble expression gives the espadin some friends to play with. This edition features tobala and papalote agave alongside…  More info

Montelobos Ensamble Joven Mezcal
$65.49

La Penca Mezcal (with worm!)

70cl, 40%
La Penca

A Joven (young) Mezcal, La Penca is distilled from Salmaina (a type of Maguey agave) and it's aged in white oak barrels and bottled in a lovely hand blown bottle, complete with the prerequisite: a…  More info

La Penca Mezcal (with worm!)
6
$44.32

Mezcal Vago Espadín

70cl, 50.8%
Mezcal Vago

From the Vago brand comes this joven mezcal, made with 100% Espadín agave by mezcalero Emigdio Jarquín in Oaxaca. This artisanal mezcal is made by crushing the agave with a traditional stone tahona…  More info

Mezcal Vago Espadín
1
$72.11

Marca Negra Ensamble Mezcal (49.3%)

70cl, 49.3%
Marca Negra

A bottling of Marca Negra's Ensamble Mezcal, made with a combination of agave varieties and bottled at 49.3% ABV. Always impressive stuff, and makes a great alternative postprandial tipple for those…  More info

Marca Negra Ensamble Mezcal (49.3%)
1
$76.95

Mezcal Amores Espadin (2016 Edition)

70cl, 41%
Mezcal Amores

An Amores mezcal made with Espadin agave from Oaxaca. A tasty spirit from a brand that say they only work with sustainably cultivated agaves.  More info

Mezcal Amores Espadin (2016 Edition)
$49.90

La Escondida Mezcal

70cl, 40%
Grand Mezcal

The first release from Grand Mezcal, La Escondida is a blanco mezcal made exclusively with espadín agave from Oaxaca. The agave is aged for seven to ten years, and then its distilled twice to create…  More info

La Escondida Mezcal
1
$66.56

Del Maguey Santo Domingo Albarradas - Stitzel Weller Cask Finish (La Maison du Whisky 60th Anniversary)

70cl, 48%
Del Maguey

A very interesting expression from Del Maguey, released as one of the many bottlings that were part of La Maison du Whisky's 60th Anniversary celebrations. It's their Santo Domingo Albarradas Mezcal,…  More info

Del Maguey Santo Domingo Albarradas - Stitzel Weller Cask Finish (La Maison du Whisky 60th Anniversary)
$121

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
1
$77.65

Marca Negra Sanmartín Mezcal

70cl, 49.1%
Marca Negra

From the Marca Negra Mezcal selection comes an expression produced using the Sanmartín agave variety, which is a member of the Karwinskii family. This particular variety isn;t used all that often in…  More info

Marca Negra Sanmartín Mezcal
$82.17

Meteoro Joven Mezcal

70cl, 45%
Mezcal Meteoro

From Las Margaritas, Oaxaca, comes Meteoro Joven Mezcal, named after the legend of a small meteor making a little crater in Oaxaca and a local Mezcalero using it as an earthen pit oven to cook his…  More info

Meteoro Joven Mezcal
$52.79

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
$51.21

Derrumbes Oaxaca Mezcal (48%)

70cl, 48%
Derrumbes

A Derrumbes Mezcal from Oaxaca, made with Espadin 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 (48%)
$51.54

Mezcalosfera Tobalá

70cl, 51.3%
Mezcalosfera

A Tobalá-based mezcal from the Mezcalosfera range, which aims to put the work of maestros mezcaleros to the fore. This expression, for example, was produced by maestro mezcalero Victor Ramos, who…  More info

Mezcalosfera Tobalá
$138.72

Mezcales De Leyenda Guerrero

70cl, 45%
Mezcales De Leyenda

An excellent organic mezcal from the Mezcales de Leyenda selection - their Guerrero expression made using the Cupreata variety of agave.  More info

Mezcales De Leyenda Guerrero
$55.46

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