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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.

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
$76.55

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
$63.42

Mezcal Vago Ensamble en Barro

70cl, 48.3%
Mezcal Vago

An excellent expression here from Mezcal Vago, crafted by mezcalero Tío Rey using a combination of agave varietals. This particular bottling was made using 80% Espadin and 20% Coyote agave, which was…  More info

Mezcal Vago Ensamble en Barro
$97.36

Mezcales Cosmicos Bicuishe

70cl, 47%
Mezcales Cosmicos

An unaged mezcal from Mezcales Cosmicos, distilled used the lesser-spotted Bicuishe agave! This wild variety takes around 15 years to mature, and after it's fermented and roasted this one is double…  More info

Mezcales Cosmicos Bicuishe
$109.39

Mezcales Cosmicos Madrecuishe

70cl, 46%
Mezcales Cosmicos

Mezcales Cosmicos found some Madrecuishe agave for this mezcal! Because this particular variety has a low water content, the mezcal made from it is generally full of mineral and floral notes. This…  More info

Mezcales Cosmicos Madrecuishe
$109.39

Mezcales Cosmicos Espadín-Tepeztate

70cl, 48%
Mezcales Cosmicos

An unaged, joven mezcal from Mezcales Cosmicos, this Espadín-Tepeztate expression is made with a blend of the two eponymous agave varieties! While Espadín is a more common variety, Tepeztate is rarer…  More info

Mezcales Cosmicos Espadín-Tepeztate
$109.39

Mezcales Cosmicos Espadín

70cl, 49%
Mezcales Cosmicos

An artisanal mezcal from Cosmicos, produced with Espadín agave, one of the most common varieties. The agave is roasted in an earthen oven before a double distillation, and it's full of green herbs…  More info

Mezcales Cosmicos Espadín
$77.66

Alipús San Andrés 47%

70cl, 47%
Alipus

An Alipús Mezcal here from San Andrés - a rich, surprisingly wood-y joven Mezcal, perfect for sipping neat or taking centre stage in a cocktail.  More info

Alipús San Andrés 47%
$57.73
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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
$49.80

Mezcales De Leyenda Durango

70cl, 47%
Mezcales De Leyenda

From the Mezcales de Leyenda range comes a Mezcal produced using agave duranguensis, featuring a bat on the label.  More info

Mezcales De Leyenda Durango
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$68.40
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Cinco Elementos Maguey Tobalá

70cl, 50%
Cinco Elementos

Wild Tobalá agave is the star of this unaged mezcal from Cinco Elementos. Found growing in rocky hills and mountains, it takes longer to reach maturity than more common agave varieties, harvested…  More info

Cinco Elementos Maguey Tobalá
$83.12

Cinco Elementos Maguey Espadín

70cl, 48%
Cinco Elementos

It's probably little surprise that Cinco Elementos looks to marry the five elements in its mezcal! This artisanal mezcal is produced from Maguay Espadín agave, one of the most commonly used…  More info

Cinco Elementos Maguey Espadín
$53.57

Mezcal Olvido Divino Añejo 1984

70cl, 42%
Mezcal Olvido

The remarkable Mezcal Olvido Divino Añejo was distilled all the way back in 1984, and has endured an absolutely staggering 30 years of maturation! It's extraordinarily rare to see mezcal of this age,…  More info

Mezcal Olvido Divino Añejo 1984
$741.18

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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$103.92

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
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$83.67
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Animas Espadín-Cupreata

70cl, 48%
Animas

This Animas mezcal is made with a blend of two agave varieties - Espadín and Cupreata. The Espadín agave plants are harvested at 7 years old, while the Cupreata agave is harvested at 9 years old.…  More info

Animas Espadín-Cupreata
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$74.37

Bozal Cuixe

75cl, 47%
Bozal

This Bozal mezcal was produced using the Cuixe agave variety. These particular plants are notoriously hard to cultivate and harvest, hence why they're somewhat uncommon in mezcal production...  More info

Bozal Cuixe
$76.55

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
$109.16

Bruxo No.5

70cl, 46%
Bruxo

Artisanal mezcal (most mezcals are) made with Tobala agave in San Agustín Amatengo.  More info

Bruxo No.5
$91.12
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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
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$92.97

Cinco Elementos Maguey Cuishe

70cl, 48.5%
Cinco Elementos

From Cinco Elementos comes this joven mezcal, produced exclusively from wild Maguey Cuishe agave, found growing on hillsides. This particular agave variety can take up to 25 years to reach maturity…  More info

Cinco Elementos Maguey Cuishe
$83.12

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
$77.54
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Bruxo No.3

70cl, 46%
Bruxo

Number three in Bruxo's range is made with wild Barril agave from the San Agustín Amatengo hills in Oaxaca. Please note: The wax on this bottle is rather fragile. Do not panic if you see cracks in…  More info

Bruxo No.3
$61.98
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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
$63.54

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
$80.78

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