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Mezcal

Also spelt Mescal, Mezcal is a distilled drink made from the maguey plant, which is a type of Agave. This Mexican libation is mostly made in the region of Oaxaca, where there is a saying, "for everything bad, mezcal, and for everything good, too." It's an amusing saying, but perhaps symptomatic of a deeper-rooted problem. Mezcal is usually consumed neat, and it has a smoky flavour. It is quite similar to Tequila in many respects, though they are both made from different varieties of Agave. Mezcal is also produced to a much smaller scale. First the Maguey plants are harvested, and the hearts (or "piñas") are extracted. These are then cooked for three days near open fires, which gives the drink the smoky flavour. They are then crushed, mashed and fermented prior to a single distillation. Mezcal often features 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 bottle 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%
$56.81
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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%)
$57.97

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
1
$55.97

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
$50.13

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
$73.18

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
$75.32

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
$64.13

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
$75.32

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
$47.79

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
$49.67
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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
$60.98
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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
$65.63
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Bruxo No.5

70cl, 46%
Bruxo

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

Bruxo No.5
$89.66
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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
2
$38.72

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
2
$64.56

Cinco Elementos Maguey Cuishe

70cl, 48.5%
Cinco Elementos

From Cinco Elementos comes this joven mezcal, produced exclusively from wild Maguey Cuishe agave, found growing on hillsides. This particular agave variety can take up to 25 years to reach maturity…  More info

Cinco Elementos Maguey Cuishe
$81.79

Cinco Elementos Maguey Espadín

70cl, 48%
Cinco Elementos

It's probably little surprise that Cinco Elementos looks to marry the five elements in its mezcal! This artisanal mezcal is produced from Maguay Espadín agave, one of the most commonly used…  More info

Cinco Elementos Maguey Espadín
$52.71

Cinco Elementos Maguey Tepeztate

70cl, 51.5%
Cinco Elementos

From Cinco Elementos comes another wonderful mezcal produced with wild agave, this one with Maguey Tepeztate! Seeing as it can take up to 35 years to reach maturity, this variety isn't seen too…  More info

Cinco Elementos Maguey Tepeztate
$91.48

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
$81.79

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
$105.73

Corte Vetusto Espadín

70cl, 45%
Corte Vetusto

Under the watchful eye of fourth generation Master Distiller Juan Carlos Gonzalez Diaz, Corte Vetusto Espadín Mezcal is produced. Before distillation, the agave is cooking in traditional earthen pit…  More info

Corte Vetusto Espadín
6
$63.77

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
4
$105.49

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
$56.57
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Dangerous Don Joven

70cl, 45%
Dangerous Don

From the awesomely-named Dangerous Don is a wonderful joven mezcal! It's produced exclusively from Espadín agave, and is produced in the traditional artisanal fashion. The agave is roasted in a pit,…  More info

Dangerous Don Joven
25
$47.33
$40.23

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
$79.64

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