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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.

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
$38.74

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
$47.32

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
$41.77

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
$48.91

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
$33.67

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
$44.85

Los Danzantes Añejo - Espadín

70cl, 46%
Los Danzantes

Añejo Mezcal from Oaxaca-based producers, Los Danzantes. This particular expression is made using the Espadín agave and spends 16 months maturing in oak barrels before being bottled (very handsomely…  More info

Los Danzantes Añejo - Espadín
$73.71

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%)
$62.89

Los Siete Misterios Arroqueno 2015

70cl, 50%
Los Siete Misterios

Another single-agave mezcal from the Los Siete Misterios range, this one made using the Arroqueno agave, which is related to Espadin (one of the most common varieties used in mezcal production). This…  More info

Los Siete Misterios Arroqueno 2015
$104.35

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
$103.48

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
$121.53

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
$78.89

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
$114.90

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
$76.70

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
$79.48

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
$70.66

Marca Negra Ensamble Mezcal

70cl, 48.1%
Marca Negra

A rather delectable Mezcal from the Marca Negra range, created using 3 different types of agave - Espadin (which is one of the more popular varieties used in Mezcal production), Bicuishe and…  More info

Marca Negra Ensamble Mezcal
$70.66

Marca Negra Espadin Mezcal (51.3%)

70cl, 51.3%
Marca Negra

This Marca Negra Mezcal has been produced using the Espadin variety of agave - one of the most common varieties used in producing the spirit. A little bit rustic and a touch smoky, Mezcal makes for a…  More info

Marca Negra Espadin Mezcal (51.3%)
$80.89

Marca Negra Tepeztate Mezcal

70cl, 47.3%
Marca Negra

Another fantastic Marca Negra, this time from San Luis del Rio, Tlacolula, Oaxaca. Made with wild grown Agave Marmorata it exhibits fantastic savoury and fruity smoke notes, both slightly vegetal and…  More info

Marca Negra Tepeztate Mezcal
$70.66

Marca Negra Tobalá Mezcal

70cl, 47.6%
Marca Negra

An intriguing Mezcal made using rare wild Tobalá maguey, which are much smaller than their Espadin or Azul counterparts and are known for their robust flavour! This traditional Mexican spirit is…  More info

Marca Negra Tobalá Mezcal
$94.29

Meteoro Joven Mezcal

70cl, 45%
Mezcal Meteoro

From Las Margaritas, Oaxaca, comes Meteoro Joven Mezcal, named after the legend of a small meteor making a little crater in Oaxaca and a local Mezcalero using it as an earthen pit oven to cook his…  More info

Meteoro Joven Mezcal
$50.27

Mexcal Burrito Fiestero

70cl, 40%
Mexcal Burrito Fiestero

An unaged mezcal made with 100% agave cenizo from Durango state, harvested after around 12 to 14 years.  More info

Mexcal Burrito Fiestero
3
$38.49

Mezcal Amores Cupreata

70cl, 41%
Mezcal Amores

A mezcal made with Cupreata agave. Amores plant ten agaves for each one they use.  More info

Mezcal Amores Cupreata

Mezcal Amores Espadin

70cl, 41%
Mezcal Amores

An Amores mezcal made with Espadin agave from Oaxaca. A tasty spirit from a brand that say they only work with sustainably cultivated agaves.  More info

Mezcal Amores Espadin

Mezcal El Jolgorio Barril

70cl, 47%
Mezcal El Jolgorio

This Mezcal from the Mezcal El Jolgorio was made using the Barril variety of agave. Barril agave plants can get particularly sizeable indeed, though they remain somewhat rare in Mezcal production.  More info

Mezcal El Jolgorio Barril
$96.39

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