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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.

Bruxo No.5

70cl, 46%
Bruxo

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

Bruxo No.5

Del Maguey San Luis del Rio Mezcal

70cl, 47%
Del Maguey

A wonderful small-batch Mezcal bottled by Del Maguey as part of their single village range of Mezcals. This was distilled in San Luis del Rio in Oaxaca and it has a superb flavour.  More info

Del Maguey San Luis del Rio Mezcal
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Enmascarado 45

70cl, 45%
Enmascarado

The Enmascarado, or 'Masked Hero', is a Silver Mezcal made using organic agave plants baked in an underground oven before the juice is double distilled in copper pot stills by master craftsman Don…  More info

Enmascarado 45

Del Maguey Mezcal Chichicapa

70cl, 48%
Del Maguey

Part of the range of single village mezcals from Del Maguay, this particular spirit was made in the village of San Balthazar Chichicapa. It was made using Espadín agave, and is full of big smoky…  More info

Del Maguey Mezcal Chichicapa
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Creyente Mezcal Joven

70cl, 40%
Creyente

Creyente Mezcal is made with a blend of two top-notch Mezcals from Tlacolula and Yautepec, both of which are in Oaxaca. The frankly awesome animal you see on the label is a metaphor for the spirit -…  More info

Creyente Mezcal Joven

El Rey Zapoteco Añejo

70cl, 44%
El Rey Zapoteco

From one of Oaxaca's oldest artisanal Mezcal brands, El Rey Zapoteco comes this exceptional Añejo Mezcal. Produced using 100% Espadín agave, grown on the family estate, traditional methods are…  More info

El Rey Zapoteco Añejo

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)

El Rey Zapoteco Pechuga

70cl, 45%
El Rey Zapoteco

This is a Pechuga mezcal from the Mezcal El Rey Zapoteco range, which was given a second distillation with two turkey breasts, fruits, walnuts, and almonds added to the still. This adds some body to…  More info

El Rey Zapoteco Pechuga

Mezcal Amores Espadín (2019 Edition)

70cl, 41%
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)
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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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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
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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

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%)

Ilegal Joven (70cl)

70cl, 40%
Ilegal

A 70cl bottling of the classic Ilegal Joven mezcal. This stuff is excellent, and it's produced using traditional methods, like roasting the agave in an earthen pit, which is always appreciated.  More info

Ilegal Joven (70cl)

Gente De Mezcal Ensamble

75cl, 46%
Gente De Mezcal

As you might expect from the name, Gente De Mezcal Ensamble is made from a selection of agave varietals, rather than just one (though if you're looking for single varietal mezcal, the brand also has…  More info

Gente De Mezcal Ensamble
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Ilegal Reposado

70cl, 40%
Ilegal

This is a delicious Reposado Mezcal from the Ilegal company. It's distilled at Destileria Tlacolula in Oaxaca, Mexico, and is double distilled in copper stills. It's then aged in American oak before…  More info

Ilegal Reposado
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Santo de Piedra

70cl, 40%
Agua Piedra

Santa de Piedra is a jovel mezcal made in San Bartolo Yautepec using espadin agave. Not only is it tasty, the bottles are also made using recycled glass - which is always cool.  More info

Santo de Piedra
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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

Mezcal Eterno Añejo No.1

50cl, 40%
Mezcal Eterno

Mezcal Eterno is produced traditionally by fourth generation mezcal producer Don Nacho in the San Dionisio Ocotepec region, Oaxaca. It's made from 100% Espadín Agave (harvested after around 10 years)…  More info

Mezcal Eterno Añejo No.1

Cinco Elementos Maguey Tobalá

70cl, 50%
Cinco Elementos

Wild Tobalá agave is the star of this unaged mezcal from Cinco Elementos. Found growing in rocky hills and mountains, it takes longer to reach maturity than more common agave varieties, harvested…  More info

Cinco Elementos Maguey Tobalá

Bozal Ensamble

75cl, 47%
Bozal

A Mezcal from the Bozal range, made with a trio of agave varieties - Espadin, Barril and Mexicano. These make for great alternatives to whisky for after-dinner drinks...  More info

Bozal Ensamble

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
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Mezcal Vago Espadín (50.2%)

70cl, 50.2%
Mezcal Vago

A marvellous joven mezcal from Vago! This expression was distilled from 100% Espadín agave in September 2020 by mezcalero Emigdio Jarquín in the Miahuatlán de Porfirio Díaz region, just south of…  More info

Mezcal Vago Espadín (50.2%)

QuiQuiRiQui Tobalá

50cl, 46.5%
QuiQuiRiQui

This joven mezcal from QuiQuiRiQui is produced from wild Tobalá agave, which is smaller than other varieties. They take around 10 or 15 years to grow to maturity and yield less per plant than more…  More info

QuiQuiRiQui Tobalá
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El Tinieblo Añejo

75cl, 40%
El Tinieblo

A wonderful, well-aged artesanal Añejo mezcal from El Tinieblo! This one spends up to two years in American white oak ex-bourbon barrels, imparting oodles of caramelised, oaky notes. The distillery…  More info

El Tinieblo Añejo

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