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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.

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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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

Mezcal Eterno Joven No.1

50cl, 40%
Mezcal Eterno

Well presented 100% Espadín Agave mezcal from San Dionisio Ocotepec, Oaxaca, produced using traditional techniques by Don Nacho.  More info

Mezcal Eterno Joven No.1
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$36.61

Alipus San Baltazar (47.5%)

70cl, 47.5%
Alipus

An unaged Mezcal from San Baltazar, produced by Cosme and Cirilo Hernández using Espadin agave. Bottled by Alipus, whom specialise in seeking out great Mezcal from smaller producers.  More info

Alipus San Baltazar (47.5%)

Gente de Mezcal Tobalá

75cl, 46%
Gente De Mezcal

Gente de Mezcal bring you a handcrafted mezcal made from the Tobalá agave, made in the Oaxaca region in Mexico. Tobalá agave are smaller than most other varieties, so it takes around eight piñas to…  More info

Gente de Mezcal Tobalá
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Los Siete Misterios Tobala 2017

70cl, 47.3%
Los Siete Misterios

A 2017 vintage mezcal from the Los Siete Misterios selection, made using the Tobala agave, which are rather small and have wide, flat leaves. Because the piña from Tobala agave are smaller, it takes…  More info

Los Siete Misterios Tobala 2017

Los Siete Misterios Coyote 2017

70cl, 47.2%
Los Siete Misterios

This mezcal from Los Siete is made with the Coyote variety of agave, which isn't often seen being used in mezcal production - interesting stuff indeed! This bottling is the 2015 vintage, and features…  More info

Los Siete Misterios Coyote 2017

Mezcal Olvido Divino Añejo 1984

70cl, 42%
Mezcal Olvido

The remarkable Mezcal Olvido Divino Añejo was distilled all the way back in 1984, and has endured an absolutely staggering 30 years of maturation! It's extraordinarily rare to see mezcal of this age,…  More info

Mezcal Olvido Divino Añejo 1984

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

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)

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%)
$46.17

Papadiablo Mezcal Espadin

70cl, 47.7%
Papadiablo

This Papadiablo Mezcal is made with a single variety of agave (the Espadin agave) in Miahuatlan, Oaxaca. Earthy and fruity - plenty to work with for Mezcal cocktails. Also, we have to reiterate - the…  More info

Papadiablo Mezcal Espadin
$54.29

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
$47.29

Zignum Silver Mezcal

70cl, 38%
Zignum

A silver mezcal, made with 100% Espadin agave and bottled unaged. Well suited to cocktails that need the brightness of tequila but with the subtle smokiness prevalent in mezcal.  More info

Zignum Silver Mezcal

Derrumbes Oaxaca Mezcal (45.9%)

70cl, 45.9%
Derrumbes

The terroir-explorin' Derrumbes range stops off in the Central Valley of Oaxaca for a sip of delicious Espadin-based mezcal! Bottled at 45.9% ABV (slightly lower than previous bottlings), this…  More info

Derrumbes Oaxaca Mezcal (45.9%)

Derrumbes Durango Mezcal (45.2%)

70cl, 45.2%
Derrumbes

Derrumbes Durango is made with Cenizo (Durangesis) agave in Nombre de Dios, Durango. The process of creating this intriguing mezcal is overseen dutifully by maestro mezcalero Urial Simental, from the…  More info

Derrumbes Durango Mezcal (45.2%)

Los Siete Misterios Barril 2017

70cl, 49.6%
Los Siete Misterios

A Barril-agave-based mezcal from the Los Siete Misterios range. Barril is one of the more common agave varieties used in mezcal production, and they're big ol' handsome plants. This one is the 2015…  More info

Los Siete Misterios Barril 2017

Derrumbes Zacatecas Mezcal (48.9%)

70cl, 48.9%
Derrumbes

Derrumbes Zacatecas is made of 100% Blue Weber Agave in Huitzila, Zacatecas, a region known for producing mezcals that are made in the style of tequila. The Bañuelos family, who handled the…  More info

Derrumbes Zacatecas Mezcal (48.9%)
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Derrumbes Michoacan Mezcal (46%)

70cl, 46%
Derrumbes

Derrumbes use a mix of two varieties of agave for their Michoacan Mezcal - Cupreata and Cenizo. This blend brings together two classic styles of Mezcal, one bright and fruity, one complex and herbal.…  More info

Derrumbes Michoacan Mezcal (46%)
$49.21

Marca Negra Tobalá Mezcal (50.1%)

70cl, 50.1%
Marca Negra

A delicious small-batch Mezcal from the fab folk at Marca Negra. The brand is known for producing great Mezcal with a variety of different agave varieties - this particular expression uses Tobalá,…  More info

Marca Negra Tobalá Mezcal (50.1%)

Corte Vetusto Ensamble

70cl, 43%
Corte Vetusto

Corte Vetusto present the limited edition Ensamble (blend), aimed at challenging UK perceptions on mezcal and agave. Claiming that single malt whisky has a genuine sipping alternative and that mezcal…  More info

Corte Vetusto Ensamble
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Alipus Santa Ana Del Rio Joven Mezcal (47.3%)

70cl, 47.3%
Alipus

Alipus go out and find tasty Mezcal from very small producers in Mexico, to open the world of the spirit just that little bit wider for us to enjoy. This edition was produced by Sr Eduardo Hernandez,…  More info

Alipus Santa Ana Del Rio Joven Mezcal (47.3%)

Los Cuerudos Joven 2017

70cl, 38%
Tradición Chagoya

The 2017 edition of Los Cuerudos Joven, made with Espadin agave and utilising traditional methods to impart classic mezcal smokiness. Top stuff here, and good value-for-money, too!  More info

Los Cuerudos Joven 2017

Nuestra Soledad Matatlán 2015 - Edition 07

70cl, 45%
Nuestra Soledad

Mezcal produced using Espadin agave in Santiago Matatlán (which is sometimes known as the World Capital of Mezcal!), bottled as part of the Nuestra Soledad series.  More info

Nuestra Soledad Matatlán 2015 - Edition 07

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