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Mezcal

Mezcal is a distilled alcoholic beverage made from the agave plant (also known as the maguey plant), native to Mexico. Mezcal is traditionally made in small batches by farmers using traditional methods passed down through generations. The agave plant is roasted in an underground pit oven, then crushed and fermented with yeast and water. Mezcal is typically clear or straw-coloured, with a smoky flavour. Mezcal can be enjoyed neat or used in cocktails.

Mezcal has a long history in Mexico, dating back to the Aztec people. Mezcal was first mentioned in Spanish records in 1542, and by the early 1600s mezcal was being exported from Mexico to Europe. Mezcal fell out of favour after the Mexican War of Independence in 1810, when the new Mexican government banned the production and consumption of alcohol. Mezcal was later revived in the mid-19th century, and today it is enjoyed by people all over the world. Mezcal is an important part of Mexican culture and heritage.

Mezcal is mostly made in the region of Oaxaca, where there is a saying, "for everything bad, mezcal, and for everything good, too." Mezcal is usually consumed neat, and it can boast a marvellous variety of flavours, from floral and herbaceous, to rich and smoky, and beyond.

Mezcal is quite similar to Tequila in many respects, though they are made from different varieties of agave. Mezcal is also produced on a much smaller scale. First, the maguey plants are harvested, and the hearts (or "piñas") are extracted. These are then cooked, sometimes in open pits in the ground lined with rocks, then agave, and then earth, which can impart a distinctive smokiness. They are then crushed, mashed and fermented prior to at least two distillations.

Mezcal will rarely feature 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 Mezcal 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.

Espiritu Lauro Mezcal

70cl, 40%
Espiritu Corsa

Mezcalero Carino Ramirez made this artesanal mezcal using 70% Espadin and 30% Sanmartin agave at the Espíritu Lauro distillery in Ejutla, Oaxaca. Everything here is made in small batches and is…  More info

Espiritu Lauro  Mezcal
$55.35

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
$91.10

Bozal Pechuga

70cl, 45.5%
Bozal

Made from 100% cupreata agave, this pechuga from artesanal mezcal makers, Bozal, is distilled three times in a copper pot still. After the second distillation, organic cooked chicken is added to the…  More info

Bozal Pechuga
$99.72

Bozal Tepeztate Mezcal

70cl, 45%
Bozal

A sleek and splendid mezcal from the Bozal range made using the tepeztate agave which can take over two decades to mature among steep slopes in rocky soils, making it a more rare and expensive…  More info

Bozal Tepeztate Mezcal
$75.74

Los Siete Misterios Espadín/Cuishe Ensamble 2020

70cl, 44%
Los Siete Misterios

An intriguing mezcal this from Los Siete Misterios, who brought together two different strains of agave, both the classic espadín as well as cuishe.  More info

Los Siete Misterios Espadín/Cuishe Ensamble 2020
$94.68

La Medida Mexicano Chichicapam

70cl, 46.5%
La Medida

Another magnificent Mezcal from the La Medida range, which specialises in single agave variety expressions. This particular edition was created using the Mexicano agave, so you can taste it and…  More info

La Medida Mexicano Chichicapam
$76.74

Ojo de Dios ODD Hibiscus

70cl, 35%
Ojo de Dios

Ojo de Dios Hibiscus takes the brand's signature Joven and blends it with Oaxacan-grown hibiscus flowers to create a drink inspired by the Mexican tradition of serving hibiscus tea ‘agua de Jamaica’…  More info

Ojo de Dios ODD Hibiscus
$39.13

Koch El Maguey Arroqueño

70cl, 47.1%
Koch El

Another splendid mezcal from Koch El Maguey, this expression is produced in Río de Ejutla, Oaxaca from the Arroqueño agave variety, which takes between eight and fifteen years to reach maturity.…  More info

Koch El Maguey Arroqueño
$68.75

Herodes Mezcal Artesanal

70cl, 40%
Herodes

Every mezcal produced by Herodes is made with the artisanal process, beginning with Espadín agave cooked in a ground oven, crushed manually, and fermented in wood tanks with natural yeasts. It's then…  More info

Herodes Mezcal Artesanal
$52.81

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
$99.67

Mina Real Mezcal Blanco

70cl, 46%
Mina Real

Ecologically sustainable blanco mezcal from Mina Real in Oaxaca! By employing an innovative steaming method to slow cook its agave, the consumption of firewood is avoided. Agave juices are fermented…  More info

Mina Real Mezcal Blanco
$59.79

Los Danzantes Joven

70cl, 47%
Los Danzantes

An Espadín-based joven mezcal from Los Danzantes, bottled at 47% ABV. If you like your mezcal to have a core of vibrant fruit alongside the traditional smokiness, then you're in for a treat with this…  More info

Los Danzantes Joven
$56.80

Bozal Cuishe

70cl, 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 Cuishe
$69.76

Don Amado Mezcal Rústico

70cl, 47%
Don Amado

Unaged mezcal from Real de Minas Distillery in the highlands of southern Mexico, released for the Don Amado Mezcal range. Master distiller Germán Bonifacio Arellanes certainly has some know how, his…  More info

Don Amado Mezcal Rústico
$56.58

El Tinieblo Joven

75cl, 40%
El Tinieblo

Handcrafted joven mezcal, made at Rancho El Tinieblo – which is both a ranch and a nature reserve! The team plants 25 agave plants for each one they harvest, and presents its mezcal in a bottle made…  More info

El Tinieblo Joven
$62.78

Le Tribute Mezcal

70cl, 45%
Le Tribute

Le Tribute Mezcal is made using 100% Cenizo Silvestre agave, produced by maestro mezcalero Alan Hernández. The agave is cooked in volcanic stone ovens using holm oak, and after distillation it's…  More info

Le Tribute Mezcal
1
$57.08

Don Amado Mezcal Reposado

70cl, 45%
Don Amado

Wonderful clay pot distilled Mezcal from Real de Minas Distillery and the Don Amado range. Following popular Oaxacan tradition, this is aged for six months in ex brandy casks, to impart a satisfying…  More info

Don Amado Mezcal Reposado
$58.78

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
$58.58

Mezcal Los Javis Salmiana

70cl, 47.9%
Mezcal Los Javis

This expression from Mezcal Los Javis (produced by maestro mezcalero Don Javier Mateo and his team) was made using the Salmiana variety of agave – which is sometimes known as "green giant",…  More info

Mezcal Los Javis Salmiana
$112.68

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
$85.71

Memorable Tepeztate

70cl, 47.8%
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
$94.12

Memorable Arroqueno

70cl, 47%
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
$102.66

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
$68.75

Mezcal Los Javis Tobalá

70cl, 46.1%
Mezcal Los Javis

This is a tasty mezcal from Mezcal Los Javis, crafted using traditional methods (like crushing the agave with a tahona, and open-air wooden vats for fermentation). This expression was made using the…  More info

Mezcal Los Javis Tobalá
$95.47

Mezcal Los Javis Espadín

70cl, 41.2%
Mezcal Los Javis

An excellent expression here from the Mezcal Los Javis range, distilled using the well-loved Espadín variety of agave. With a focus on traditional production methods, the Mezcal Los Javis (led by…  More info

Mezcal Los Javis Espadín
$47.82

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