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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 Tobaziche Mezcal

70cl, 47%
Del Maguey

Released as part of a series of bottlings for La Maison du Whisky's Cellar Book series, this is a top-notch mezcal from Del Maguey, made using wild tobaziche agave. Not seen very often, this variety…  More info

Del Maguey Wild Tobaziche Mezcal
$113.95

Derrumbes Durango Mezcal

70cl, 45.2%
Derrumbes

Derrumbes Durango is made with Cenizo (Durangesis) agave in Nombre de Dios, Durango. The process of creating this intriguing mezcal is overseen dutifully by maestro mezcalero Urial Simental, from the…  More info

Derrumbes Durango Mezcal
$57.52

Derrumbes Michoacan Mezcal

70cl, 44.7%
Derrumbes

For their Michoacan expression, the Derrumbes folks combine agave varieties (Cupreata and Cenizo) into one Mezcal.  More info

Derrumbes Michoacan Mezcal

Derrumbes Michoacan Mezcal (46%)

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 (46%)
$56.42

Derrumbes Oaxaca Mezcal (45.9%)

70cl, 45.9%
Derrumbes

The terroir-explorin' Derrumbes range stops off in the Central Valley of Oaxaca for a sip of delicious Espadin-based mezcal! Bottled at 45.9% ABV (slightly lower than previous bottlings), this…  More info

Derrumbes Oaxaca Mezcal (45.9%)
$51.25

Derrumbes Oaxaca Mezcal (48%)

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 (48%)
$52.93

Derrumbes Zacatecas Mezcal (48.9%)

70cl, 48.9%
Derrumbes

Derrumbes Zacatecas is made of 100% Blue Weber Agave in Huitzila, Zacatecas, a region known for producing mezcals that are made in the style of tequila. The Bañuelos family, who handled the…  More info

Derrumbes Zacatecas Mezcal (48.9%)
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$56.96

Donaji Joven Mezcal 2015

70cl, 40%
Tradición Chagoya

Donaji Blanco is a richly herbaceous Mezcal made using Espadin and is twice distilled. It's named after the the legend of Princess Donají.  More info

Donaji Joven Mezcal 2015

Enmascarado 54.5

70cl, 54.5%
Enmascarado

The Enmascarado is a Silver Mezcal made using organic agave plants baked in an underground oven before the juice is double distilled in copper pot stills to 54%abv by master craftsman Don Guillermo…  More info

Enmascarado 54.5

Foreveroax Mezcal Joven

70cl, 40%
Foreveroax

This Joven Mezcal from Foreveroax is aged for under 2 months, The result is a smoky, leathery, fruity nose with a hugely smoky, almost salty palate.  More info

Foreveroax Mezcal Joven

Foreveroax Mezcal Reposado

70cl, 40%
Foreveroax

A smoky, bonfire-like Mezcal from Foreveroax. This is aged for up to a year in oak barrels, and it has an intense flavour.  More info

Foreveroax Mezcal Reposado

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
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$108.26

Gusano Rojo Mezcal (With Worm)

70cl, 38%
Mezcales de Gusano

A smoky, slightly sweet Mezcal from Oaxaca, complete with a worm (which the Mezcal has been named after - "Gusano Rojo" means "Red Worm"). There's a cartoon worm on the label, too, with arms, legs…  More info

Gusano Rojo Mezcal (With Worm)
$31.30

Ilegal Joven

50cl, 40%
Ilegal

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
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$42.22

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
$34.35

Koch El Maguey Coyote

70cl, 46.6%
Koch El

For this expression from the Koch El range, the distillers have used the coyote agave - a rather rather variety of agave which can produce some vibrant, fruity mezcals. Top quality stuff.  More info

Koch El Maguey Coyote
$88.88

Koch El Maguey Espadín (46.7%)

70cl, 46.7%
Koch El

Mezcal from the Koch El range, produced using Espadín agave - one of the most popular varieties for mezcal production. A great introduction to the selection...  More info

Koch El Maguey Espadín (46.7%)
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$45.55

Koch El Maguey Espadín (47.1%)

70cl, 47.1%
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 (47.1%)
$44.41

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
$85.46

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
$83.23

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
$86.62

La Herencia De Sánchez Joven Espadín

70cl, 42%
La Herencia De Sánchez

A joven mezcal from La Herencia De Sánchez, made from the very popular Espadín agave. La Herencia De Sánchez translates to the 'heritage of Sanchez', we assume more specifically master distiller…  More info

La Herencia De Sánchez Joven Espadín
$35.18

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!)
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$45.52

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
$53.30

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
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$36.69

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