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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.

Gente de Mezcal Tepeztate

75cl, 48%
Gente De Mezcal

This handcrafted joven mezcal from Gente de Mezcal, named 'Amazon's Nightcap', is made from 100% Tepeztate agave. It was produced in the Oaxaca region in the small mountain town of San Baltazar…  More info

Gente de Mezcal Tepeztate
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Mezcal Vago Elote (50.6%)

70cl, 50.6%
Mezcal Vago

Made by mezcalero Aquilino García López in Oaxaca, Mezcal Vago Elote takes two Mexican staple products: corn and agave. It is produced from Espadin agave, and the 100% agave spirit is then infused…  More info

Mezcal Vago Elote (50.6%)

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

Mezcal El Jolgorio Madrecuixe

70cl, 47%
Mezcal El Jolgorio

The Madrecuxie agave is a particularly tall species, with its pointy leaves raised upwards as if it was cursing the sky. The agave's piña is rather dense and has a rather low water content (compared…  More info

Mezcal El Jolgorio Madrecuixe

Bozal Cuixe

75cl, 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 Cuixe

Mezcal Vago Espadín (50.8%)

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 (50.8%)
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Marca Negra Tobalá Mezcal (51.8%)

70cl, 51.8%
Marca Negra

Marca Negra brings us yet another fabulous small batch mezcal, this particular bottling is made from the Tobalá agave. The variety is pretty rare and much smaller than other agave, so when you can…  More info

Marca Negra Tobalá Mezcal (51.8%)

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!)
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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

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

Aprendiz Joven Espadín & Tepextate

70cl, 45%
Pescador de Sueños

A joven mezcal from the Aprendiz range, made from a blend of Espadín and rare Tepextate agave from the Oaxaca region. The spirit is traditionally handmade, and is perfect for either sipping or making…  More info

Aprendiz Joven Espadín & Tepextate

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)

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%)
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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%)
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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)

Ven A Mi Joven

70cl, 40%
Ven A Mi

The Ven A Mi Joven is a Mezcal, which is a Tequila style drink made throughout Mexico. Tequila has to be made from the Blue Agave plant whereas Mezcal can use a variety of Agave plants. The other…  More info

Ven A Mi Joven

Koch El Maguey Coyote

70cl, 46.6%
Koch El

For this expression from the Koch El range, the distillers have used the coyote agave - a rather rather variety of agave which can produce some vibrant, fruity mezcals. Top quality stuff.  More info

Koch El Maguey Coyote

Marca Negra Espadín Mezcal

70cl, 48.9%
Marca Negra

A smoky mezcal from the Marca Negra range produced using 100% Espadín agave, which is the most commonly used agave to make mezcal. There's a reason it's so popular, and this punchy 48.9% ABV spirit…  More info

Marca Negra Espadín Mezcal

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%)
$46.75

Marca Negra Espadín Mezcal (51.5%)

70cl, 51.5%
Marca Negra

Mezcal from the much-loved Marca Negra selection, made with the also-incredibly-popular agave variety, Espadín. This particular agave makes excellent spirit, hence its popularity among distillers and…  More info

Marca Negra Espadín Mezcal (51.5%)

Mezcalosfera Madrecuixe

70cl, 47.6%
Mezcalosfera

This expression from the Mezcalosfera range was made exclusively with the Madrecuixe agave by maestro mezcalero Maragrito Cortés. This series puts the work of the maestro mezcalero to the forefront,…  More info

Mezcalosfera Madrecuixe

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

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
$54.98

Los Danzantes Reposado

70cl, 43%
Los Danzantes

Reposado Mezcal from Los Danzantes, which translates to "The Dancers". This is an Espadín agave-based expression, that is left to mature in oak casks for 11 months before bottling, resulting in a…  More info

Los Danzantes Reposado

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