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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.

Alipús San Andrés 47%

70cl, 47%
Alipus

An Alipús Mezcal here from San Andrés - a rich, surprisingly wood-y joven Mezcal, perfect for sipping neat or taking centre stage in a cocktail.  More info

Alipús San Andrés 47%
$54.07

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%)
$55.18

Alipús San Juan

70cl, 47.3%
Alipus

An Alipús bottling of joven Mezcal from San Juan. These releases look to give light to Mezcal created by smaller producers, ones that you might not get to discover without them!  More info

Alipús San Juan
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$55.29

Animas Espadín

70cl, 44%
Animas

This is a delicious mezcal crafted by Animas using a single agave variety, Espadín, which were harvested at 7 years old. It was double distilled using traditional methods before it was bottled at 44%…  More info

Animas Espadín
1
$47.71

Animas Espadín-Cupreata

70cl, 48%
Animas

This Animas mezcal is made with a blend of two agave varieties - Espadín and Cupreata. The Espadín agave plants are harvested at 7 years old, while the Cupreata agave is harvested at 9 years old.…  More info

Animas Espadín-Cupreata
1
$71.75

Banhez Joven Ensemble Mezcal

70cl, 42%
Banhez

A top mezcal from Banhez, perfect for mixing or sipping! It's a blend of 90% Espadín agave and 10% Barril agave, with oodles of tropical fruit sweetness balancing a whiff of smoke. We're already…  More info

Banhez Joven Ensemble Mezcal
$41.12
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Bozal Cuishe

70cl, 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 Cuishe
$71.70

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
$102.50

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
$77.85

Bozal Tobasiche

75cl, 47%
Bozal

From the Bozal range comes an intense, earthy Mezcal made using the Tobasiche agave. Top stuff, and with a very stylish bottle to boot.  More info

Bozal Tobasiche
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$77.33

Bruxo No.1

70cl, 46%
Bruxo

Made with 100% Espadin agave, Bruxo No.1 is a traditional mezcal, a close relative to tequila (which must be made from blue agave). If you didn't know, "Espadin" is the Spanish name for a ceremonial…  More info

Bruxo No.1
1
$46.11

Bruxo No.2

70cl, 46%
Bruxo

An pechuga-style mezcal from the Bruxo range. While your standard pechuga will be distilled with a piece of chicken hung in the still to allow the vapours to pass over the meat, this is a vegetarian…  More info

Bruxo No.2
$51.19

Bruxo No.3

70cl, 46%
Bruxo

Number three in Bruxo's range is made with wild Barril agave from the San Agustín Amatengo hills in Oaxaca. Please note: The wax on this bottle is rather fragile. Do not panic if you see cracks in…  More info

Bruxo No.3
$60.21

Bruxo No.4

70cl, 46%
Bruxo

The fourth mezcal in the Bruxo range is made with Espadin, Barril and Cuishe agave from Las Salinas.  More info

Bruxo No.4
$67.59

Bruxo No.5

70cl, 46%
Bruxo

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

Bruxo No.5
$91.98

Bruxo X

70cl, 40%
Bruxo

This handcrafted Joven mezcal was made from an ensemble of Espadin and Barril Agave using traditional production methods. The agave is slow-cooked in an earthen pit and crushed with a tahona, before…  More info

Bruxo X
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$39.40

Casamigos Mezcal Joven

70cl, 40%
Casamigos

George Clooney and Rande Gerber may have sold their five-year-old tequila company, Casamigos, to Diageo for $700 million (with the potential for another $300 million based on sales performance,…  More info

Casamigos Mezcal Joven
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$64.56

Clase Azul Durango

70cl, 44%
Clase Azul

A magnificent mezcal from Clase Azul, made with wild Cenizo agave which is native to the Mexican state of Durango. The agave itself takes between 12 to 15 years to grow before it can be harvested…  More info

Clase Azul Durango
$357.56

Código 1530 Mezcal Ancestral

70cl, 43%
Código 1530

Mezcal Ancestral from Código 1530 is part of the brand's first forays away from Tequila and into the mezcal category. This exquisite, joven ancestral mezcal, made with 100% papalome maguey from…  More info

Código 1530 Mezcal Ancestral
$169.11

Código 1530 Mezcal Artesanal

70cl, 42%
Código 1530

This single-village mezcal from Código 1530 is made in Oaxaca from a combination of espadín and tobala magueys. The agave hearts have been roasted in an earthen oven and the juice extracted with a…  More info

Código 1530 Mezcal Artesanal
$58.67

Convite Esencial Joven Mezcal

70cl, 40%
Convite

A lightly smoky, herbaceous mezcal here from Convite, perfect for all those agave-based cocktails you've been meaning to shake up! The artesanal mezcal is produced from the popular Espadín agave, and…  More info

Convite Esencial Joven Mezcal
$44.01
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Convite Espadín Madrecuishe Mezcal

70cl, 42%
Convite

An artesanal unaged mezcal from the Convite range, made with a blend of Espadín and Madrecuishe agave. While many joven mezcals are great for mixing, this one certainly stands up to being sipped and…  More info

Convite Espadín Madrecuishe Mezcal
$51.70

Convite Tobala Mezcal

70cl, 42%
Convite

This joven mezcal from Convite is made with the wild (and rare) Tobala agave! Tobala plants take longer to reach maturity – around 12 years – though it's certainly worth the wait. This complex…  More info

Convite Tobala Mezcal
$74.76

Corte Vetusto Ensamble II

70cl, 43.5%
Corte Vetusto

This is the second limited edition Joven (unaged) bottling from Corte Vetusto and fourth generation 'master mezcalero' Juan Carlos Gonzalez Diaz in a range that was created to educate and challenge…  More info

Corte Vetusto Ensamble II
$102.43

Corte Vetusto Tobalá

70cl, 43.8%
Corte Vetusto

The Corte Vetusto Tobalá comes hand-crafted by fourth generation master distiller Juan Carlos Gonzalez Diaz, and boasts 100% wild agave. This Joven (un-aged) mezcal stands at 42% ABV. It's a smooth…  More info

Corte Vetusto Tobalá
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$100.39
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