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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.

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
$104.96

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
$51.03

Derrumbes Oaxaca Mezcal

70cl, 48%
Derrumbes

A Derrumbes Mezcal from Oaxaca, made with Espadin agave, cooked in a traditional underground pit and double distilled. It is allowed to rest for three months before the Mezcal is bottled in these…  More info

Derrumbes Oaxaca Mezcal
$46.75

Derrumbes San Luis Potosí Mezcal

70cl, 43.5%
Derrumbes

Mezcal from the Mexican state of San Luis Potosí made with salmiana agave. Part of Derrumbes range of regional mezcals, looking at different terroir and techniques used by local producers. This is a…  More info

Derrumbes San Luis Potosí Mezcal
$44.75

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
$89.39

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
2
$62.34

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
$35.00

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
$42.74

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
$30.83

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
$41.16

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
$63.88

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
$52.54

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
$70.07

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
$48.21

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
$33.18

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
$44.20

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
$72.64

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%)
$61.98

Los Siete Misterios Barril 2015

70cl, 47.9%
Los Siete Misterios

A Barril-agave-based mezcal from the Los Siete Misterios range. Barril is one of the more common agave varieties used in mezcal production, and they're big ol' handsome plants. This one is the 2015…  More info

Los Siete Misterios Barril 2015
$101.98

Los Siete Misterios Coyote 2015

70cl, 46.3%
Los Siete Misterios

This mezcal from Les Siete is made with the Coyote variety of agave, which isn't often seen being used in mezcal production - interesting stuff indeed! This bottling is the 2015 vintage, and features…  More info

Los Siete Misterios Coyote 2015
$119.77

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
$77.75

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
$97.65

Los Siete Misterios Mexicano 2015

70cl, 45.3%
Los Siete Misterios

The 2015 vintage Mexicano-agave-based Mezcal from Los Siete Misterios. The Mexicano agave is rather large with long, pointy leaves, and often found in Mexico's dry forests. The label features a pair…  More info

Los Siete Misterios Mexicano 2015
$113.24

Los Siete Misterios Tobala 2015

70cl, 50.3%
Los Siete Misterios

A 2015 vintage mezcal from the Los Siete Misterios selection, made using the Tobala agave, which are rather small and have wide, flat leaves. Because the piña from Tobala agave are smaller, it takes…  More info

Los Siete Misterios Tobala 2015
$135.91

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
$75.59

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