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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.

Marca Negra Tepeztate Mezcal (47.3%)

70cl, 47.3%
Marca Negra

Another fantastic Marca Negra, this time from San Luis del Rio, Tlacolula, Oaxaca. Made with wild grown Agave Marmorata it exhibits fantastic savoury and fruity smoke notes, both slightly vegetal and…  More info

Marca Negra Tepeztate Mezcal (47.3%)
$67.15

QuiQuiRiQui San Juan Del Rio Mezcal

70cl, 48%
QuiQuiRiQui

With a tagline like "Drink Mezcal, Hail Satan", QuiQuiRiQui are taking a radical approach to showing off their wickedly good Mezcal. Made using traditional methods with Espadin on the riverbank at…  More info

QuiQuiRiQui San Juan Del Rio Mezcal

Nuestra Soledad Ejutla 2014 - Edition 05

70cl, 41%
Nuestra Soledad

A 100% Espadin agave mezcal from La Compañía, Ejutla created by Don Gonzalo and Don Gregorio Hernandez.  More info

Nuestra Soledad Ejutla 2014 - Edition 05

Marca Negra Tobalá Mezcal (47.6%)

70cl, 47.6%
Marca Negra

An intriguing Mezcal made using rare wild Tobalá maguey, which are much smaller than their Espadin or Azul counterparts and are known for their robust flavour! This traditional Mexican spirit is…  More info

Marca Negra Tobalá Mezcal (47.6%)

Los Siete Misterios Tobala 2013

70cl, 48.1%
Los Siete Misterios

This is the 2013 vintage Los Siete Misterios Tobala double distilled Mezcal, made using Tobala agave. Tobala are different from your average Espadin agave, a regular favourite for use in Mezcal.…  More info

Los Siete Misterios Tobala 2013

Los Siete Misterios Coyote 2014

70cl, 49.5%
Los Siete Misterios

Using a rare sub-variety of agave known as Coyote Agave, Los Seite Misterios have produced this expression of Mezcal. Oh the wonders of the world of agave! Mezcal can be made from a huge number of…  More info

Los Siete Misterios Coyote 2014

Sombra

70cl, 45%
Sombra

Hailing from the Rio Hormiga Colorada valley of Mexico, Sombra is a Mezcal (kind of like Tequila but more rustic) that is made from the Espadin Agave which is a cactus-like plant that is actually…  More info

Sombra

Papadiablo Mezcal Especial

70cl, 47%
Papadiablo

Papadiablo is a complex artisan Mezcal from Oaxaca that is made with a Espadin agave as well as 3 other types of wild agave; Madrecuishe, Bicuishe and Mezicano. The name is a rather enjoyable…  More info

Papadiablo Mezcal Especial
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Pescador de Sueños Arroqueño

70cl, 48.4%
Pescador de Sueños

Mezcal from Sola de Vega's Tío Fernando, made with large arroqueño (Americana Oaxaquensis) agave.  More info

Pescador de Sueños Arroqueño
$142.15

Mezcal Vago Ensamble En Barro 50.5%

70cl, 50.5%
Mezcal Vago

A Joven Mezcal from the Mezcal Vago range, who give plenty of attention to the people behind the spirit and what goes into it. This one was made by Salomon Rey Rodriguez, and was twice distilled…  More info

Mezcal Vago Ensamble En Barro 50.5%

Marca Negra Dobadán Mezcal (47.8%)

70cl, 47.8%
Marca Negra

A single-agave-variety Mezcal from the Marca Negra range. This is their 100% Agave Dobadán expression - a Mezcal that shows off plenty of sweet fruit notes from the get go.  More info

Marca Negra Dobadán Mezcal (47.8%)

Mezcal Vago Tobalá en Barro

70cl, 50.2%
Mezcal Vago

A delicious Mezcal produced by Salomon Rey Rodriguez (Tio Rey) in Oaxaca, bottled by Mezcal Vago. It's made using Agave Tobalá, which is particularly hard to cultivate and, as such, is rather prized…  More info

Mezcal Vago Tobalá en Barro

Mezcal Vago Blanco y Negra

70cl, 51.6%
Mezcal Vago

From the Mezcal Vago range comes an expression made with a combination of Agave Blanco and Sierra Negra, both of which are sub-varieties of Agave Americana and both of which take rather a long while…  More info

Mezcal Vago Blanco y Negra

Pierde Almas Pechuga 2013

70cl, 47.6%
Pierde Almas S.A

A yearly release from the artisan Mezcal producers, Pierde Almas, their Pechuga is made from Espadin agave, which is triple distilled. However, before the third distillation, the Mezcal is blended…  More info

Pierde Almas Pechuga 2013
$161.79

Del Maguey Tobala & Espadin

70cl, 49%
Del Maguey

Another fantastic Mezcal from Del Maguey, made with two types of agave - Tobala and Espadin. The blend is 58% Tobala agave and 42% Espadin agave. It's the first blend of agave that Del Maguey has…  More info

Del Maguey Tobala & Espadin

Alipus San Baltazar (47.4%)

70cl, 47.4%
Alipus

This artisanal Alipus San Baltazar Guélavila Mezcal is produced using Espadin agave by small batch, father and son distillers Cosme and Cirilo Hernández.  More info

Alipus San Baltazar (47.4%)

Los Danzantes Reposado (42.8%)

70cl, 42.8%
Los Danzantes

An artisan Mezcal produced by Los Danzantes (The Dancers) in Oaxaca. Their Reposado Mezcal is made using espadin agave which is double distilled and then aged for 11 months. This maturation imparts…  More info

Los Danzantes Reposado (42.8%)

Los Siete Misterios Barril

70cl, 49.3%
Los Siete Misterios

This Los Siete Misterios Mezcal is made using the rare Karwinskii Agave, unlike other Agave plants this one looks more like a Yucca plant which has a trunk. Mezcal is similar to Tequila although…  More info

Los Siete Misterios Barril
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Pierde Almas Tobaziche 47%

70cl, 47%
Pierde Almas S.A

A Tobaziche agave-based Mezcal from Pierde Almas - a highly-aromatic expression, rippling with bountiful herbs, vegetal and smoky notes.  More info

Pierde Almas Tobaziche 47%

Enmascarado 54.5

70cl, 54.5%
Enmascarado

The Enmascarado is a Silver Mezcal made using organic agave plants baked in an underground oven before the juice is double distilled in copper pot stills to 54%abv by master craftsman Don Guillermo…  More info

Enmascarado 54.5

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