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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.

Koch El Maguey Espadín

70cl, 47%
Koch El

From the ever wonderful Koch El range comes this expression, made using the much loved Espadín agave sourced from San Baltazar Guelavila. This joven mezcal is unaged, bottled at 47% ABV. A great…  More info

Koch El Maguey Espadín
$44.35

Koch El Maguey Madrecuishe

70cl, 46.7%
Koch El

This release from the Koch El mezcal range has been distilled exclusively using Madrecuishe agave - a variety that grows rather tall and has a particularly dense core. The result is a spirit with…  More info

Koch El Maguey Madrecuishe
$76.55

Koch El Maguey Tepeztate

70cl, 46.8%
Koch El

Mezcal from the Koch El range, which specialises in spirits made using single varieties of agave. For example, this expression is produced using the Tepeztate agave - which is a rather uncommon…  More info

Koch El Maguey Tepeztate
$83.21

Lajita Mezcal (With Worm)

50cl, 40%
Lajita

A five year old, 100% agave Mezcal awarded the coveted title "Best Mezcal in the USA Market" in 1997. The Lajita company was founded by Don Jose Vallnueva, and he has spent his life developing the…  More info

Lajita Mezcal (With Worm)
5
$36.58

La Medida Arroqueno

70cl, 46.7%
La Medida

Mezcal from the La Medida range, which was created under the watchful eye of Julián Vidal Gómez Rodríguez. This expression is made with Arroqueno agave, which is a particularly large variety of agave…  More info

La Medida Arroqueno
1
$83.21

La Medida Bicuishe

70cl, 44.9%
La Medida

A punchy mezcal from the La Medida range, which was made exclusively using the Bicuishe agave variety. Enjoyably spicy and herbaceous, with enough sweetness to stop it becoming outrageous.  More info

La Medida Bicuishe
1
$77.65

La Medida Espadín

70cl, 40%
La Medida

Mezcal from the La Medida range, produced using the most popular agave variety for mezcal - Espadín. Smoky stuff, with plenty of fruity, earthy flavours behind it.  More info

La Medida Espadín
2
$44.35

La Medida Madrecuishe

70cl, 46.6%
La Medida

The La Medida range features a selection of mezcals produced with single varieties of agave - this particular expression features Madrecuishe agave. A great, smoky treat!  More info

La Medida Madrecuishe
$77.65

La Medida Tepeztate

70cl, 47.8%
La Medida

La Medida sourced some rare Tepeztate agave for this mezcal! The wild agave was roasted for three days before it was distilled, and this joven expression saw no ageing, so it's full of fresh fruit…  More info

La Medida Tepeztate
$92.09

La Medida Tobala

70cl, 40%
La Medida

A joven mezcal from La Medida, produced with the Tobala agave! The agave is harvested from the wild at 1,900 meters above sea level, and this expression is the smokiest from the range.  More info

La Medida Tobala
1
$66.56

La Medida Tobasiche

70cl, 47.3%
La Medida

A Tobasiche agave-based mezcal produced as part of the La Medida range. Tobasiche is a popular choice for mezcal makin' and produces a spirit rich in earthy/forest-y notes alongside the traditional…  More info

La Medida Tobasiche
1
$94.30

Los Siete Misterios Arroqueno 2017

70cl, 44.8%
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 2017
$110.73

Los Siete Misterios Coyote 2017

70cl, 47.2%
Los Siete Misterios

This mezcal from Los 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 2017
$128.95

Los Siete Misterios Tobala 2017

70cl, 47.3%
Los Siete Misterios

A 2017 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 2017
$145.38

Madre Mezcal

20cl, 45%
Madre Mezcal

A zazzy little 20cl bottle of Madre Mezcal! It's distilled in a copper pot still in Oaxaca from Espadin and Cuishe agave varieties, full of herbal smoky notes. The perfect little gift for agave…  More info

Madre Mezcal
$26.59

Memorable Arroqueno

70cl, 46.7%
Memorable

From the Memorable Mezcal series comes a spirit produced using the Arroqueno variety of agave. The whole Memorable range is made using wild agave - none of that farming or cultivation here. Just…  More info

Memorable Arroqueno
1
$110.96

Memorable Bicuishe

70cl, 47.5%
Memorable

This expression from the Memorable Mezcal range (it's an easy name to remember) is made exclusively from Bicuishe agave - wild agave, in particular. It isn't all that common to see, but it is very…  More info

Memorable Bicuishe
$108.75

Memorable Espadín

70cl, 47.1%
Memorable

Espadín-based agave from the Memorable Mezcal range, which is interestingly produced exclusively using wild grown agave. They let Mother Nature do her thing, the harvest the agave and turn it in to…  More info

Memorable Espadín
$64.33

Memorable Madrecuishe

70cl, 45%
Memorable

From the Memorable Mezcal range, which is all about using wild agave to make the spirits, comes an expression produced exclusively with Madrecuishe agave. Madrecuishe is part of the Karwinskii…  More info

Memorable Madrecuishe
$107.63

Memorable Tepeztate

70cl, 47.1%
Memorable

A marvellous treat from the Memorable Mezcal range, made using wild agave - specifically the Tepeztate variety of agave! You can expect softly smoky notes here, along with some mineral-rich elements…  More info

Memorable Tepeztate
$110.96

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
$53.23

Mezcal Amores Espadín (2020 Edition)

70cl, 41%
Mezcal Amores

This right here is the 2020 edition of Mezcal Amores' Espadín-based mezcal, a wonderfully flavoursome and fruity expression, with enough smoke to offer a brilliantly balanced flavour profile. What's…  More info

Mezcal Amores Espadín (2020 Edition)
$56.56

Mezcal El Jolgorio Cuixe

70cl, 47%
Mezcal El Jolgorio

One of the many variations of Mezcal from the El Jolgorio range. This particular expression was distilled using the rare Cuixe agave variety, which tend to be smaller than the other species of agave.  More info

Mezcal El Jolgorio Cuixe
$102.28

Mezcal El Jolgorio Madrecuixe

70cl, 47%
Mezcal El Jolgorio

The Madrecuxie agave is a particularly tall species, with its pointy leaves raised upwards as if it was cursing the sky. The agave's piña is rather dense and has a rather low water content (compared…  More info

Mezcal El Jolgorio Madrecuixe
$102.11
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Mezcal El Jolgorio Pechuga

70cl, 48%
Mezcal El Jolgorio

A Pechuga Mezcal from the Mezcal El Jolgorio range. Pechuga is an intriguing style of Mezcal where the still is filled with botanicals (in this case, pineapple, orange, plantains, anise and more),…  More info

Mezcal El Jolgorio Pechuga
$189.45

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