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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.

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
$34.73

El Jolgorio Espadin

70cl, 47.8%
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
$68.32

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
$91.97

Gusano Rojo Mezcal (With Worm)

70cl, 38%
Mezcales de Gusano

A smoky, slightly sweet Mezcal from Oaxaca, complete with a worm (which the Mezcal has been named after - "Gusano Rojo" means "Red Worm"). There's a cartoon worm on the label, too, with arms, legs…  More info

Gusano Rojo Mezcal (With Worm)
$26.90

Ilegal Añejo

50cl, 40%
Speciality Drinks

"This stuff's so good it should be Ilegal [sic]"Chortle chortle, merriment and mirth. Oh, but seriously though, this is a very tasty mezcal, made in Tlacolula in Mexico's Oaxaca region. It was twice…  More info

Ilegal Añejo
1
$64.13

Ilegal Joven

50cl, 40%
Speciality Drinks

Produced in Tlacolula, Oaxaca, this is a delicious Joven (young) Mezcal from Ilegal. Distilled from agave plants roasted in an earthen pit and distilled twice in a copper still.  More info

Ilegal Joven
1
$36.01

Ilegal Reposado

50cl, 40%
Speciality Drinks

This is a delicious Reposado Mezcal from the Ilegal company. It's distilled at Destileria Tlacolula in Oaxaca, Mexico, and is double distilled in copper stills. It's then aged in American oak before…  More info

Ilegal Reposado
$43.97

Jaral De Berrio Mezcal

70cl, 36%
Jaral de Berrio

Jaral de Berrio Mezcal is made using 100% Salmiana agave using traditional methods. The Salmiana species is native to central and southern Mexico. A surprisingly sweet nose develops vegetal notes of…  More info

Jaral De Berrio Mezcal
$31.72

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!)
5
$42.35

La Venenosa Raicilla Costa de Jalisco

70cl, 45.5%
La Venenosa

Raicilla from village of Llano Grande of the coastal region Cabo Corrientes, Jalisco. It's made with Don Beto's Amarillo and Chico Aguiar agaves in a still that's made of copper and a hollowed tree…  More info

La Venenosa Raicilla Costa de Jalisco
$65.72

La Venenosa Raicilla Sierra Occidental de Jalisco

70cl, 42%
La Venenosa

Raicilla from the village of Mascota, 1,500 metres above sea level in the Sierra Madre Occidental mountains, Jalisco. Maximiliana agave is used by Don Ruben Peña Fuentes, roasted in a wood fired oven…  More info

La Venenosa Raicilla Sierra Occidental de Jalisco
$54.05

La Venenosa Raicilla Sur de Jalisco

70cl, 47%
La Venenosa

Raicilla from the village of Zapotitlan de Vadillo, high up in the Jalisco hills. Cenizo Costeño, which is roasted in an earthen oven and twice distilled in a Filipino still.  More info

La Venenosa Raicilla Sur de Jalisco
$72.09

Los Cuerudos Añejo 2015

70cl, 38%
Tradición Chagoya

Anejo Mezcal from the Los Cuerudos range, made using Espadin agave and aged in oak casks, imparting notes of creamy caramel alongside the smoky elements found in the spirit.  More info

Los Cuerudos Añejo 2015
$49.59

Los Cuerudos Joven 2015

70cl, 38%
Tradición Chagoya

This is the blanco Mezcal from the Los Cuerudos range, made using traditional methods with Espadin agave.  More info

Los Cuerudos Joven 2015
$34.14

Los Cuerudos Reposado 2015

70cl, 38%
Tradición Chagoya

Reposado Mezcal from the Los Cuerudis selection. Rich and surprisingly sweet, with just a subtly suggestion of classic mezcal smoke coming through.  More info

Los Cuerudos Reposado 2015
$45.47

Los Danzantes Anejo - Espadín

70cl, 45.9%
Los Danzantes

This delicious anejo Mezcal is made in Oaxaca by Los Danzantes, which translates to 'The Dancers'. It rests in oak barrels for 16 months before it is put into beautiful bottles.  More info

Los Danzantes Anejo - Espadín
$74.73

Los Danzantes Joven - Espadín

70cl, 43%
Los Danzantes

Los Danzantes (The Dancers) distillery in Mezcal's home, Oaxaca, produced artisan Mezcal made in traditional ways. This is their unaged expression, made with 100% espadin agave. Smoky, spicy and…  More info

Los Danzantes Joven - Espadín
$58.82

Los Danzantes Reposado - Espadín (43.2%)

70cl, 43.2%
Los Danzantes

A reposado Mezcal from the Los Danzantes range, made using Espadín agave and matured in oak casks for 11 months before bottling. 'Los Danzantes' translates to 'The Dancers', which is an enjoyably…  More info

Los Danzantes Reposado - Espadín (43.2%)
$63.76

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
$123.22

Los Siete Misterios Doba-Yej 2013

70cl, 45.5%
Los Siete Misterios

This is the 2013 vintage Doba-Yej mezcal from Los Siete Misterios, made using Angustifolia Haw agave and a double distillation technique. Mezcal can be made with a wide variety of agave, unlike…  More info

Los Siete Misterios Doba-Yej 2013
$79.99

Los Siete Misterios Espadin

70cl, 48%
Los Siete Misterios

The Los Siete Misterios Mezcal is made using the Angustifolia Agave plant. Mezcal, like Tequila, originates from Mexico and like Tequila it is made using the Agave plant. The main difference being…  More info

Los Siete Misterios Espadin
1
$100.46

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
$139.82

Lágrimas de Dolores Mezcal Añejo

70cl, 40.5%
Lágrimas de Dolores

A slightly higher-strength bottling of Lagrimas De Dolores' Mezcal Anejo, which spends a year in oak casks before being bottled.  More info

Lágrimas de Dolores Mezcal Añejo
$77.76

Lágrimas de Dolores Mezcal Joven

70cl, 45%
Lágrimas de Dolores

This Mezcal from Lagrimas De Dolores is allowed to age for a year in white oak casks before being bottled, which compliments the smoky notes of the spirit.  More info

Lágrimas de Dolores Mezcal Joven
$80.59

Marca Negra Dobadán Mezcal

70cl, 47.6%
Marca Negra

This edition of Marca Negra Mezcal has been made using Dobadán agave, a variety not often seen in Mezcal production.  More info

Marca Negra Dobadán Mezcal
$71.64

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