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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.

Alipus San Baltazar (47.4%)

70cl, 47.40%
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%)
$57.82

Alipus Santa Ana Del Rio Joven Mezcal

70cl, 47.30%
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
$60.22

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%
$57.82

Alipús San Juan 47.8%

70cl, 47.80%
Alipus

Another marvellous Mezcal presented as part of the Alipús, this time from San Juan del Rio! Always impressive stuff from producers that love the Mezcal craft (Mezcraft? Sounds a little too much like…  More info

Alipús San Juan 47.8%
$57.82

Aprendiz Joven Espadín 2014

70cl, 38%
Pescador de Sueños

Joven mezcal from San Juan del Río bottled under Pescador de Sueños' Aprendiz label. Perfect for smoky mezcal cocktails!  More info

Aprendiz Joven Espadín 2014
$59.47

Bruxo No.1

70cl, 46%
Maestro Lucio

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
2
$46.24

Del Maguey Arroqueño Mezcal

70cl, 49%
Del Maguey

Another single village Mezcal from Del Maguey, this one featuring maguey Arroqueño. It is double-distilled in an ancient-style clay still with bamboo tubing. A floral, fig-filled, vanilla rich Mezcal.  More info

Del Maguey Arroqueño Mezcal
$115.50

Del Maguey Espadin Especial Mezcal

70cl, 45%
Del Maguey

A single village Mezcal, made exclusively with 100% Espadin Agave by Del Maguey, who have a tendency to make utterly fantastic Mezcal. Richly floral with sweet notes of butterscotch and pineapple.  More info

Del Maguey Espadin Especial Mezcal
$112.20

Del Maguey Ibérico

70cl, 49%
Del Maguey

From Del Maguey comes a Mezcal in the style of Pechuga Mezcal, which is made with a third distillation with berries and nuts in the spirit and a chicken breast suspended in the still. The Del Maguey…  More info

Del Maguey Ibérico
$170.47

Del Maguey Madrecuixe

70cl, 47%
Del Maguey

Ooh, a single village mezcal from Del Maguey's Vino De Mezcal range made with the Madrecuixe agave plant from San Luis del Rio. Very intriguing, this one. Lots of fruit notes up front, followed by…  More info

Del Maguey Madrecuixe
$109.15

Del Maguey Mezcal Vida

70cl, 42%
Del Maguey

A single village Mezcal from the top producers Del Maguey, this stuff is twice distilled from 100% Agave Espadin, and it's bottled unblended in a "time-honoured" 400 year old way.  More info

Del Maguey Mezcal Vida
3
$46.11

Del Maguey Pechuga Mezcal

70cl, 49%
Del Maguey

An unusual and delicious sipping Mezcal from Del Maguey. This spirit is named "Pechuga", which means chicken breast - a reference to the third distillation, in which a basket of fruit and a chicken…  More info

Del Maguey Pechuga Mezcal
1
$184.81

Del Maguey San Jose Rio Minas Mezcal

70cl, 48%
Del Maguey

Yet another fantastic single village Mezcal from Del Maguey, all of which are unique, not only in origin but flavour. This limited edition expression packs lush notes of papaya, peach and refreshing…  More info

Del Maguey San Jose Rio Minas Mezcal
$112.20

Del Maguey San Luis Del Rio - Special Stitzel Weller Cask Finish

70cl, 42%
Del Maguey

A special edition bottling of Del Maguey single village Mezcal, distilled in San Luis Del Rio in Oaxaca. What makes this edition special (hence it being special edition) is that it was aged in 20…  More info

Del Maguey San Luis Del Rio - Special Stitzel Weller Cask Finish
$123.30

Del Maguey San Luis del Rio Azul Mezcal

70cl, 47%
Del Maguey

A limited edition, small batch, single village Mezcal from the remote town of San Luis del Rio in the state of Oaxaca. This is a mature, robust spirit from Del Maguey, with a lovely fruity, earthy…  More info

Del Maguey San Luis del Rio Azul Mezcal
$114.98

Del Maguey San Luis del Rio Mezcal

70cl, 47%
Del Maguey

A wonderful small-batch Mezcal bottled by Del Maguey as part of their single village range of Mezcals. This was distilled in San Luis del Rio in Oaxaca and it has a superb flavour.  More info

Del Maguey San Luis del Rio Mezcal
2
$75.45

Del Maguey San Pedro Taviche Mezcal

70cl, 49%
Del Maguey

A limited edition Mezcal from Del Maguey, made using three different types of wild agave - Espadin, Tobala and Tobasiche. Happily enough, the bottle informs us that the roasted hearts of these plants…  More info

Del Maguey San Pedro Taviche Mezcal
$115.50

Del Maguey Santo Domingo Albarradas Mezcal

70cl, 48%
Del Maguey

A superb single estate Mezcal from Del Maguey. This was produced at Santo Domingo Albarradas, which is located in the Mixe region in southern Oaxaca.  More info

Del Maguey Santo Domingo Albarradas Mezcal
$72.88

Del Maguey Tobala (Wild Mountain) Mezcal

70cl, 45%
Del Maguey

Single Village Mezcal from Del Maguey, made using Tobala agave which are grown at a very high elevation. They are also much smaller than your average agave plant. It takes about eight of these Tobala…  More info

Del Maguey Tobala (Wild Mountain) Mezcal
$116.60

Del Maguey Wild Papalome Mezcal

70cl, 45%
Del Maguey

Another fantastic single estate Mezcal by Del Maguey, this one coming from San Pedro Teozacoalco and made with 100% Wild Maguey Papalome agave. The distillation takes place in a stainless steel pot…  More info

Del Maguey Wild Papalome Mezcal
$123.30

Del Maguey Wild Tepextate Mezcal

70cl, 45%
Del Maguey

Another excellent Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal, this time featuring the light, sweet and subtly spices notes of rare wild Tepextate agave, which grows at high altitudes. Superb stuff.  More info

Del Maguey Wild Tepextate Mezcal
$112.20

Derrumbes Michoacan Mezcal

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
$54.55

Donaji Joven Mezcal 2015

70cl, 40%
Tradición Chagoya

Donaji Blanco is a richly herbaceous Mezcal made using Espadin and is twice distilled. It's named after the the legend of Princess Donají.  More info

Donaji Joven Mezcal 2015
$36.08

El Jolgorio Espadin

70cl, 47.80%
Mezcal El Jolgorio

100% Espadín mezcal from Santa Maria Zoquitlan, Oaxaca. The agave is harvested at 10 years old before being used in this fantastic spirit under the watchful eye of mezcalero Ignacio Parada.  More info

El Jolgorio Espadin
$70.99

El Mero Cuchillero Joven Mezcal

70cl, 48%
El Mero

El Mero is tasty Mezcal produced by Master Mezcalero Justino Garcia Cruz using traditional distillation methods. The label features a neat illustration of a knife, inspired by the works of Carlos…  More info

El Mero Cuchillero Joven Mezcal
$95.57

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