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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.

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
$57.38

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
$60.41

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
$100.71

Herodes Mezcal Artesanal

70cl, 40%
Herodes

Every mezcal produced by Herodes is made with the artisanal process, beginning with Espadín agave cooked in a ground oven, crushed manually, and fermented in wood tanks with natural yeasts. It's then…  More info

Herodes Mezcal Artesanal
$53.36

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
$69.46

Ojo de Dios ODD Hibiscus

70cl, 35%
Ojo de Dios

Ojo de Dios Hibiscus takes the brand's signature Joven and blends it with Oaxacan-grown hibiscus flowers to create a drink inspired by the Mexican tradition of serving hibiscus tea ‘agua de Jamaica’…  More info

Ojo de Dios ODD Hibiscus
$39.54

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
$77.54

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
$95.66

Bozal Tepeztate Mezcal

70cl, 45%
Bozal

A sleek and splendid mezcal from the Bozal range made using the tepeztate agave which can take over two decades to mature among steep slopes in rocky soils, making it a more rare and expensive…  More info

Bozal Tepeztate Mezcal
$76.52

Bozal Pechuga

70cl, 45.5%
Bozal

Made from 100% cupreata agave, this pechuga from artesanal mezcal makers, Bozal, is distilled three times in a copper pot still. After the second distillation, organic cooked chicken is added to the…  More info

Bozal Pechuga
$100.75

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
$92.05

Espiritu Lauro Mezcal

70cl, 40%
Espiritu Corsa

Mezcalero Carino Ramirez made this artesanal mezcal using 70% Espadin and 30% Sanmartin agave at the Espíritu Lauro distillery in Ejutla, Oaxaca. Everything here is made in small batches and is…  More info

Espiritu Lauro  Mezcal
$55.92

Madre Mezcal Espadín

70cl, 40%
Madre Mezcal

The Madre Mezcal range is now home to a single agave variety expression! While the classic bottling features a combo of Espadín and Cuishe, this one is all about the Espadín, one of the most popular…  More info

Madre Mezcal Espadín

Corte Vetusto Espadín

70cl, 45%
Corte Vetusto

Under the watchful eye of fourth generation Master Distiller Juan Carlos Gonzalez Diaz, Corte Vetusto Espadín Mezcal is produced. Before distillation, the agave is cooking in traditional earthen pit…  More info

Corte Vetusto Espadín
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Papadiablo Mezcal Especial (47.7%)

70cl, 47.7%
Papadiablo

Pope Devil. That's what the name of this excellent joven Mezcal translates to. As we're sure you'll agree, that's a pretty strong and genuinely awesome name - and those adjectives do indeed also…  More info

Papadiablo Mezcal Especial (47.7%)
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Mezcales Cosmicos Bicuishe

70cl, 47%
Mezcales Cosmicos

An unaged mezcal from Mezcales Cosmicos, distilled used the lesser-spotted Bicuishe agave! This wild variety takes around 15 years to mature, and after it's fermented and roasted this one is double…  More info

Mezcales Cosmicos Bicuishe

Real Minero Mezcal Espadín

70cl, 52.3%
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

El Rey Zapoteco Espadín

70cl, 45%
El Rey Zapoteco

This glorious unaged Mezcal from El Rey Zapoteco focuses on the Espadín agave, harvested from its own plantations! The Mezcal is made using traditional methods such as cooking the agave on a wood…  More info

El Rey Zapoteco Espadín

Rey Campero Espadín

70cl, 47%
Rey Campero

This joven mezcal from Rey Campero is made exclusively from the Espadín agave variety. It goes through an open air fermentation with wild yeasts before it's double-distilled in copper stills.…  More info

Rey Campero Espadín

Derrumbes San Luis Potosí Mezcal

70cl, 44%
Derrumbes

Mezcal from the Mexican state of San Luis Potosí made with salmiana agave. Part of Derrumbes range of regional mezcals, looking at different terroir and techniques used by local producers. This is a…  More info

Derrumbes San Luis Potosí Mezcal
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Pensador Espadín

50cl, 47.5%
Pensador

Excellent Mezcal from the Pensador range, with a focus of the Espadín agave! Traditional production methods are used to produce the spirit, making for a flavoured expression that'll be perfect for…  More info

Pensador Espadín
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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
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Telegram Joven Mezcal

70cl, 45%
Ponet Spirits

An artisanal mezcal distilled in Oaxaca with the Espadín agave, Telegram Joven Mezcal blends together twice distilled spirit from two different maestros mezcaleros. The marriage of the mezcals…  More info

Telegram Joven Mezcal

Los Siete Misterios Doba-Yej 2021

70cl, 44%
Los Siete Misterios

From just outside the region of Sola de Vega comes the first expression from Siete Misterio to be made in copper pot stills rather than a clay oven. The milling for this mezcal is also done by…  More info

Los Siete Misterios Doba-Yej 2021

Derrumbes Oaxaca Mezcal (47.5%)

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 (47.5%)

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