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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.

Convite Tobala Mezcal

70cl, 42%
Convite

This joven mezcal from Convite is made with the wild (and rare) Tobala agave! Tobala plants take longer to reach maturity – around 12 years – though it's certainly worth the wait. This complex…  More info

Convite Tobala Mezcal
$72.74

El Tinieblo Reposado

75cl, 40%
El Tinieblo

Fabulous reposado mezcal from El Tinieblo, this is made using traditional methods, then aged in ex-bourbon barrels for six to nine months. Rancho El Tinieblo has a history dating back to 1865, so…  More info

El Tinieblo Reposado
$72.75

QuiQuiRiQui Mole Pechuga

70cl, 49%
QuiQuiRiQui

A rather intriguing expression from QuiQuiRiQui. Usually, Pechuga Mezcal is by redistilling the spirit with a chicken or turkey breast hung in the still along with a selection of nuts, fruits, and…  More info

QuiQuiRiQui Mole Pechuga
$67.55

Don Amado Mezcal Tobalá & Bicuishe

70cl, 46%
Don Amado

Distilled in traditional clay pots, this Mezcal from Real de Minas Distillery is made using tobalá and bicuishe agave. With family history of Mezcal production dating back 11 generations, master…  More info

Don Amado Mezcal Tobalá & Bicuishe
$74.73

El Rey Zapoteco Cuishe

70cl, 45%
El Rey Zapoteco

A fascinating Mezcal from El Rey Zapoteco, which has been producing artisinal Mezcal in Oaxaca for 60 years! This particular expression is made using the Cuishe agave varietal which grows wild and…  More info

El Rey Zapoteco Cuishe
$94.48

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
$62.81

La Medida Bicuishe

70cl, 44.9%
La Medida

A punchy mezcal from the La Medida range, which was made exclusively using the Bicuishe agave variety. Enjoyably spicy and herbaceous, with enough sweetness to stop it becoming outrageous.  More info

La Medida Bicuishe
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$75.73

La Medida Arroqueno

70cl, 46.7%
La Medida

Mezcal from the La Medida range, which was created under the watchful eye of Julián Vidal Gómez Rodríguez. This expression is made with Arroqueno agave, which is a particularly large variety of agave…  More info

La Medida Arroqueno
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$80.72

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
$75.73

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
$96.68

La Medida Madrecuishe (46.6%)

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 (46.6%)
$75.73

Mezcal Los Javis Espadín

70cl, 41.2%
Mezcal Los Javis

An excellent expression here from the Mezcal Los Javis range, distilled using the well-loved Espadín variety of agave. With a focus on traditional production methods, the Mezcal Los Javis (led by…  More info

Mezcal Los Javis Espadín
$47.82

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
$95.47

Koch El Maguey Madrecuishe

70cl, 46.7%
Koch El

This release from the Koch El mezcal range has been distilled exclusively using Madrecuishe agave - a variety that grows rather tall and has a particularly dense core. The result is a spirit with…  More info

Koch El Maguey Madrecuishe
$68.75

Memorable Arroqueno

70cl, 47%
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
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$102.66

Memorable Tepeztate

70cl, 47.8%
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
$94.12

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
$85.71

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
$112.68

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
$58.58

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
$58.78

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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$57.08

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
$62.78

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
$56.58

Bozal Cuishe

70cl, 47%
Bozal

This Bozal mezcal was produced using the Cuixe agave variety. These particular plants are notoriously hard to cultivate and harvest, hence why they're somewhat uncommon in mezcal production...  More info

Bozal Cuishe
$69.76

Los Danzantes Joven

70cl, 47%
Los Danzantes

An Espadín-based joven mezcal from Los Danzantes, bottled at 47% ABV. If you like your mezcal to have a core of vibrant fruit alongside the traditional smokiness, then you're in for a treat with this…  More info

Los Danzantes Joven
$56.80

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