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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.

QuiQuiRiQui Tobalá

50cl, 46.5%
QuiQuiRiQui

This joven mezcal from QuiQuiRiQui is produced from wild Tobalá agave, which is smaller than other varieties. They take around 10 or 15 years to grow to maturity and yield less per plant than more…  More info

QuiQuiRiQui Tobalá
1
$55.46

Real Minero Mezcal Espadín

70cl, 53.8%
Real Minero

A joven mezcal from Real Minero, showcasing the Espadín agave! It's one of the most common agave varieties for a reason, and that's because it's brilliant for mezcal making. There's a good dose of…  More info

Real Minero Mezcal Espadín
$105.41
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Santo de Piedra

70cl, 40%
Agua Piedra

Santa de Piedra is a jovel mezcal made in San Bartolo Yautepec using espadin agave. Not only is it tasty, the bottles are also made using recycled glass - which is always cool.  More info

Santo de Piedra
3
$73.51
$62.41

Se Busca Mezcal Añejo

70cl, 40%
Se Busca

Añejo mezcal produced for the Se Busca range, which was named as a tribute to the woman that fought in the Mexican revolution. Sitting at the top of the range, this expression boasts heavy oak…  More info

Se Busca Mezcal Añejo
$66.05

Se Busca Mezcal Joven

70cl, 40%
Se Busca

Se Busca, which means 'wanted' in Spanish, is a tribute to the women of the Mexican Revolution, the outlaws of their time. This Mezcal Joven is made from 100% agave at at an undisclosed distillery.  More info

Se Busca Mezcal Joven
$50.32

Se Busca Mezcal Reposado

70cl, 40%
Se Busca

This is the reposado expression from the Se Busca Mezcal range, which was named as a tribute to the women who fought in the Mexican Revolution for a new constitution. The oak has helped to develop…  More info

Se Busca Mezcal Reposado
$56.56

Ven A Mi Reposado

70cl, 38%
Ven A Mi

The Ven A Mi Reposado is a Mezcal, which is a Tequila style drink made throughout Mexico. Tequila has to be made from the Blue Agave plant whereas Mezcal can use a variety of Agave plants. The other…  More info

Ven A Mi Reposado
1
$84.87
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Xiaman Mezcal Artesanal

70cl, 44%
Xiaman Spirits

This Artesanal mezcal from Xiaman is made from a 50/50 blend of Tepextate and Espadín agave, with the wild Tepextate agave grown for around 25 to 30 years to reach maturity, while the Espadín agave…  More info

Xiaman Mezcal Artesanal
2
$139.82

Alipús San Andrés

70cl, 47.6%
Alipus

A joven mezcal from the Alipús range, produced in San Andrés. The whole Alipús selection is built around sourcing top notch mezcal from smaller producers, which we're always happy to see!  More info

Alipús San Andrés
$58.66

Alipus San Baltazar

70cl, 47.9%
Alipus

Excellent joven mexcal made San Baltazar, Oaxaca, using Espadín agave (one of the favourites among mezcal producers) for the Alipus range. These expressions are sourced from small distillers and…  More info

Alipus San Baltazar
$59.76

Alipus San Baltazar (47.4%)

70cl, 47.4%
Alipus

This artisanal Alipus San Baltazar Guélavila Mezcal is produced using Espadin agave by small batch, father and son distillers Cosme and Cirilo Hernández.  More info

Alipus San Baltazar (47.4%)

Alipús San Juan 47.8%

70cl, 47.8%
Alipus

Another marvellous Mezcal presented as part of the Alipús, this time from San Juan del Rio! Always impressive stuff from producers that love the Mezcal craft (Mezcraft? Sounds a little too much like…  More info

Alipús San Juan 47.8%

Alipus Santa Ana Del Rio Joven Mezcal

70cl, 47.6%
Alipus

One of the things we love most about mezcals is that they are largely made by traditional small farmers - however, this also means that they're often not that easy to find, especially compared with…  More info

Alipus Santa Ana Del Rio Joven Mezcal
$62.87

Alipus Santa Ana Del Rio Joven Mezcal (47.3%)

70cl, 47.3%
Alipus

Alipus go out and find tasty Mezcal from very small producers in Mexico, to open the world of the spirit just that little bit wider for us to enjoy. This edition was produced by Sr Eduardo Hernandez,…  More info

Alipus Santa Ana Del Rio Joven Mezcal (47.3%)
$60.65

Alipus Santa Ana Del Rio Joven Mezcal (48.5%)

70cl, 48.5%
Alipus

Mezcal from Santa Ana Del Rio, Oaxaca, bottled by Alipus (whom are experts in sourcing top-notch Mezcal from small producers).  More info

Alipus Santa Ana Del Rio Joven Mezcal (48.5%)
$58.23

Aprendiz Joven Espadín 2014

70cl, 38%
Pescador de Sueños

Joven mezcal from San Juan del Río bottled under Pescador de Sueños' Aprendiz label. Perfect for smoky mezcal cocktails!  More info

Aprendiz Joven Espadín 2014
$60.75

Aprendiz Joven Espadín & Tepextate

70cl, 45%
Pescador de Sueños

A joven mezcal from the Aprendiz range, made from a blend of Espadín and rare Tepextate agave from the Oaxaca region. The spirit is traditionally handmade, and is perfect for either sipping or making…  More info

Aprendiz Joven Espadín & Tepextate
$66.56

Bruxo No.2

70cl, 46%
Bruxo

An pechuga-style mezcal from the Bruxo range. While your standard pechuga will be distilled with a piece of chicken hung in the still to allow the vapours to pass over the meat, this is a vegetarian…  More info

Bruxo No.2
$51.21

Corte Vetusto Ensamble

70cl, 43%
Corte Vetusto

Corte Vetusto present the limited edition Ensamble (blend), aimed at challenging UK perceptions on mezcal and agave. Claiming that single malt whisky has a genuine sipping alternative and that mezcal…  More info

Corte Vetusto Ensamble
3
$108.75

Del Maguey Arroqueño Mezcal

70cl, 49%
Del Maguey

Another single village Mezcal from Del Maguey, this one featuring maguey Arroqueño. It is double-distilled in an ancient-style clay still with bamboo tubing. A floral, fig-filled, vanilla rich Mezcal.  More info

Del Maguey Arroqueño Mezcal
$130.05

Del Maguey Chichicapa Mezcal

70cl, 47.8%
Del Maguey

A superbly good single village Mezcal from Del Maguey. This is from the village of Chichipa. This Mezcal offers up superb fresh, agave-rich palate with a hint of calve's leather and tobacco.  More info

Del Maguey Chichicapa Mezcal

Del Maguey Chichicapa Mezcal (46%)

70cl, 46%
Del Maguey

Part of Del Maguey's single village Mezcal range, which showcases the affect different climates and growing environments have on Mezcal production. This small batch comes from the town Chichicapa,…  More info

Del Maguey Chichicapa Mezcal (46%)
1
$82.10

Del Maguey Espadin Especial Mezcal

70cl, 45%
Del Maguey

A single village Mezcal, made exclusively with 100% Espadin Agave by Del Maguey, who have a tendency to make utterly fantastic Mezcal. Richly floral with sweet notes of butterscotch and pineapple.  More info

Del Maguey Espadin Especial Mezcal
$121.88

Del Maguey Ibérico

70cl, 49%
Del Maguey

From Del Maguey comes a Mezcal in the style of Pechuga Mezcal, which is made with a third distillation with berries and nuts in the spirit and a chicken breast suspended in the still. The Del Maguey…  More info

Del Maguey Ibérico
$208.30

Del Maguey Madrecuixe

70cl, 47%
Del Maguey

Ooh, a single village mezcal from Del Maguey's Vino De Mezcal range made with the Madrecuixe agave plant from San Luis del Rio. Very intriguing, this one. Lots of fruit notes up front, followed by…  More info

Del Maguey Madrecuixe
$116.13

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