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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 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
2
$209.82

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
3
$76.55

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
$81.94

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
$117.43

Del Maguey Wild Jabalí Mezcal

70cl, 47%
Del Maguey

Del Maguey have done it again with this funky mezcal made using Jabalí, a rarer agave that's not commonly used as it's significantly more difficult to distil - the little rascal. Jabalí actually…  More info

Del Maguey Wild Jabalí Mezcal
$110.96

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
$122.12

Derrumbes Michoacan Mezcal (43.7%)

70cl, 43.7%
Derrumbes

This Mezcal from the Derrumbes range blends two varieties of agave together into one spirit. The Cupreata and Cenizo agave plants have juxtaposing flavour profiles (the former is fruity and vibrant,…  More info

Derrumbes Michoacan Mezcal (43.7%)
$69.75

Derrumbes Oaxaca Mezcal

70cl, 47.5%
Derrumbes

A Derrumbes Mezcal from Oaxaca, made with Espadín 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
$51.54

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
2
$48.18

Derrumbes Tamulipas

70cl, 46.7%
Derrumbes

Derrumbes brings you a blend of three rare agave, Univittata, Funkiana, and Americana, while Americana is the only agave that can be found outside the state of Tampaulipas. Though unfortunately this…  More info

Derrumbes Tamulipas
$58.84

Derrumbes Zacatecas Mezcal

70cl, 47.1%
Derrumbes

Here we have Derrumbes Zacatecas Mezcal which is made exclusively with Blue Weber agave, which is usually used for making Tequila. However, the Zacatecas region is famed for creating mezcals in the…  More info

Derrumbes Zacatecas Mezcal
$58.84

El Cortijo Espadín

70cl, 45%
El Cortijo

An excellent mezcal produced for the El Cortijo range under the watchful eye of mezcalero Alvaro Hernandez, using well-matured Espadín agave. Double distilled and bottled at 45% ABV. Wonderfully…  More info

El Cortijo Espadín
$66.56

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
$66.56
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Enmascarado 45

70cl, 45%
Enmascarado

The Enmascarado, or 'Masked Hero', is a Silver Mezcal made using organic agave plants baked in an underground oven before the juice is double distilled in copper pot stills by master craftsman Don…  More info

Enmascarado 45
$64.33
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Enmascarado 54

70cl, 54%
Enmascarado

A marvellous Mezcal from the Enmascarado range ('Enmascarado' means 'masked hero', hence the charming chap on the label). This has been bottled at a full-bodied 54% ABV, so it'll stand out in…  More info

Enmascarado 54
$78.65

Gem & Bolt Mezcal

70cl, 44%
Gem & Bolt

Gem & Bolt Mezcal is made using espadín agave, but that's not all - it also features damiana, a traditional Mexican herb. The name comes from a story of how Mezcal came to be: a lightning bolt struck…  More info

Gem & Bolt Mezcal
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$61.63
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Gente De Mezcal Ensamble

75cl, 46%
Gente De Mezcal

As you might expect from the name, Gente De Mezcal Ensamble is made from a selection of agave varietals, rather than just one (though if you're looking for single varietal mezcal, the brand also has…  More info

Gente De Mezcal Ensamble
$92.09

Gente de Mezcal Tepeztate

75cl, 48%
Gente De Mezcal

This handcrafted joven mezcal from Gente de Mezcal, named 'Amazon's Nightcap', is made from 100% Tepeztate agave. It was produced in the Oaxaca region in the small mountain town of San Baltazar…  More info

Gente de Mezcal Tepeztate
1
$105.41

Gente de Mezcal Tobalá

75cl, 46%
Gente De Mezcal

Gente de Mezcal bring you a handcrafted mezcal made from the Tobalá agave, made in the Oaxaca region in Mexico. Tobalá agave are smaller than most other varieties, so it takes around eight piñas to…  More info

Gente de Mezcal Tobalá
$95.36

Ilegal Añejo

70cl, 40%
Ilegal

"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
$97.63
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Ilegal Joven (70cl)

70cl, 40%
Ilegal

A 70cl bottling of the classic Ilegal Joven mezcal. This stuff is excellent, and it's produced using traditional methods, like roasting the agave in an earthen pit, which is always appreciated.  More info

Ilegal Joven (70cl)
$55.46
$49.90

Ilegal Reposado

70cl, 40%
Ilegal

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
2
$66.56

Koch El Ensamble

70cl, 47%
Koch El

This Ensamble mezcal from Koch El shines a light on rare varieties of agave. You'll find a quartet of agaves in here, with wild Tobala, Tobasiche, Lumbre and Cirial all used. Unlike some mezcals,…  More info

Koch El Ensamble
$85.43

Koch El Ensamble De Ejutla

70cl, 47.7%
Koch El

While the majority of the Koch El mezcal range is made with single varieties of agave, the Ensamble De Ejutla brings five of them together to create a wonderful expression. Those five agaves are…  More info

Koch El Ensamble De Ejutla
$64.45

Koch El Maguey Barril

70cl, 47%
Koch El

This release from the Koch El mezcal range was produced exclusively using barril agave (which kind of look like they have a barrel-shaped trunk - coincidence?). Be ready for a particularly intense…  More info

Koch El Maguey Barril
$73.71

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