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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.

Nuestra Soledad Ejutla 2016 - Edition 17

70cl, 41%
Nuestra Soledad

A tasty Mezcal from Nuestra Soledad Ejutla, made with 100% Espadin agave - perfect for enjoying neat or splashing in a cocktail.  More info

Nuestra Soledad Ejutla 2016 - Edition 17
$38.14

Mezcal El Jolgorio Barril

70cl, 47%
Mezcal El Jolgorio

This Mezcal from the Mezcal El Jolgorio was made using the Barril variety of agave. Barril agave plants can get particularly sizeable indeed, though they remain somewhat rare in Mezcal production.  More info

Mezcal El Jolgorio Barril
$96.39

Mezcal El Jolgorio Tobaziche

70cl, 47.8%
Mezcal El Jolgorio

Mezcal El Jolgorio boasts a selection of Mezcal produced with different agave varieties, including the rare Tobaziche agave - which is particular Mezcal is made with! This variety is known for…  More info

Mezcal El Jolgorio Tobaziche
$153.45

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
$170.65

Pierde Almas Puritita Verda

70cl, 42%
Pierde Almas S.A

A laid-back joven Mezcal from the charming Pierde Almas range, made using the Espadin agave and bottled at an approachable 42% ABV, making it a good choice for using in cocktails...  More info

Pierde Almas Puritita Verda
$48.40

Los Danzantes Añejo - Espadín

70cl, 46%
Los Danzantes

Añejo Mezcal from Oaxaca-based producers, Los Danzantes. This particular expression is made using the Espadín agave and spends 16 months maturing in oak barrels before being bottled (very handsomely…  More info

Los Danzantes Añejo - Espadín
$73.71

Los Siete Misterios Mexicano 2015

70cl, 45.3%
Los Siete Misterios

The 2015 vintage Mexicano-agave-based Mezcal from Los Siete Misterios. The Mexicano agave is rather large with long, pointy leaves, and often found in Mexico's dry forests. The label features a pair…  More info

Los Siete Misterios Mexicano 2015
$114.90

Los Siete Misterios Barril 2015

70cl, 47.9%
Los Siete Misterios

A Barril-agave-based mezcal from the Los Siete Misterios range. Barril is one of the more common agave varieties used in mezcal production, and they're big ol' handsome plants. This one is the 2015…  More info

Los Siete Misterios Barril 2015
$103.48

Pescador de Sueños Tobala

70cl, 50.7%
Pescador de Sueños

From the Pescador de Sueños range of single varietal Mezcal comes a Tobala agave-based expression. Tobala is a popular choice of agave for Mezcal producers - with good reason!  More info

Pescador de Sueños Tobala
$143.27

Pescador de Sueños Coyote

70cl, 51%
Pescador de Sueños

This particular bottling in the Pescador de Sueños range has been produced using the Coyte agave variety (sometimes called Americana variety), which is quite rare indeed.  More info

Pescador de Sueños Coyote
$139.09

Pescador de Sueños Cuishe

70cl, 49%
Pescador de Sueños

Another fascinating mezcal from the wonderfully-presented Pescador de Sueños range. This particular expression was crafted using Madre-Cuishe agave, which isn't very common, but produces a mezcal…  More info

Pescador de Sueños Cuishe
$139.09

Pierde Almas Coyote 2014

70cl, 46%
Pierde Almas S.A

A 2014 vintage Mezcal from the Pierde Almas range, made with the rare Coyote agave sub-variety. Smoky, rich and dee-lish.  More info

Pierde Almas Coyote 2014
$110.27

El Mero Cuchillero Joven Mezcal

70cl, 48%
El Mero

El Mero is tasty Mezcal produced by Master Mezcalero Justino Garcia Cruz using traditional distillation methods. The label features a neat illustration of a knife, inspired by the works of Carlos…  More info

El Mero Cuchillero Joven Mezcal
$90.71

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
$76.70

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

Mezcal Amores Espadin

70cl, 41%
Mezcal Amores

An Amores mezcal made with Espadin agave from Oaxaca. A tasty spirit from a brand that say they only work with sustainably cultivated agaves.  More info

Mezcal Amores Espadin

Pelotón de la Muerte

70cl, 41%
Destilados Artesanales

Pelotón de la Muerte is a silver Mezcal made using Espadin agave. The name means 'Brigade of Death', named after a group of insurgents during the Mexican Revolution - their flag is also featured on…  More info

Pelotón de la Muerte
$36.68

Los Cuerudos Reposado 2015

70cl, 38%
Tradición Chagoya

Reposado Mezcal from the Los Cuerudis selection. Rich and surprisingly sweet, with just a subtly suggestion of classic mezcal smoke coming through.  More info

Los Cuerudos Reposado 2015
$44.85

Mezcal Real Minero Barril

70cl, 49.9%
Real Minero

For this Real Minero Mezcal, the distillers have used the Barril variety of agave as the starting point. When you're a Mezcal enthusiast, it's always interesting to see these single varietal…  More info

Mezcal Real Minero Barril
$117.31

Del Maguey Wild Papalome Mezcal

70cl, 45%
Del Maguey

Another fantastic single estate Mezcal by Del Maguey, this one coming from San Pedro Teozacoalco and made with 100% Wild Maguey Papalome agave. The distillation takes place in a stainless steel pot…  More info

Del Maguey Wild Papalome Mezcal
$117.03

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
$109.44

Marca Negra Espadin Mezcal (51.3%)

70cl, 51.3%
Marca Negra

This Marca Negra Mezcal has been produced using the Espadin variety of agave - one of the most common varieties used in producing the spirit. A little bit rustic and a touch smoky, Mezcal makes for a…  More info

Marca Negra Espadin Mezcal (51.3%)
$80.89

Zignum Silver Mezcal

70cl, 38%
Zignum

A silver mezcal, made with 100% Espadin agave and bottled unaged. Well suited to cocktails that need the brightness of tequila but with the subtle smokiness prevalent in mezcal.  More info

Zignum Silver Mezcal
$43.24

Derrumbes San Luis Potosí Mezcal

70cl, 43.5%
Derrumbes

Mezcal from the Mexican state of San Luis Potosí made with salmiana agave. Part of Derrumbes range of regional mezcals, looking at different terroir and techniques used by local producers. This is a…  More info

Derrumbes San Luis Potosí Mezcal
$45.41

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
$56.45

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