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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.

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
$113.88

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
$93.68

Lágrimas de Dolores Mezcal Añejo

70cl, 40.50%
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
$79.21

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
$37.89

Mezcales De Leyenda Guerrero

70cl, 45%
Mezcales De Leyenda

An excellent organic mezcal from the Mezcales de Leyenda selection - their Guerrero expression made using the Cupreata variety of agave.  More info

Mezcales De Leyenda Guerrero
$55.57

Mezcales De Leyenda Oaxaca

70cl, 42%
Destilados Artesanales

An Espadin agave-based organic Mezcal from the Mezcales de Leyenda range, using agave from Oaxaca.  More info

Mezcales De Leyenda Oaxaca
$52.20

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
$46.31

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
$34.77

Pierde Almas Tobaziche 48%

70cl, 48%
Pierde Almas S.A

A joven Mezcal from Pierde Almas' range, made exclusively using the Tobaziche variety of agave. Particularly intense with lots of personality, this one...  More info

Pierde Almas Tobaziche 48%
$114.20

Mezcal Real Minero Barril

70cl, 49.90%
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
$114.62

La Venenosa Raicilla Sur de Jalisco

70cl, 47%
La Venenosa

Raicilla from the village of Zapotitlan de Vadillo, high up in the Jalisco hills. Cenizo Costeño, which is roasted in an earthen oven and twice distilled in a Filipino still.  More info

La Venenosa Raicilla Sur de Jalisco
$73.42

Marca Negra Ensamble Mezcal

70cl, 48.10%
Marca Negra

A rather delectable Mezcal from the Marca Negra range, created using 3 different types of agave - Espadin (which is one of the more popular varieties used in Mezcal production), Bicuishe and…  More info

Marca Negra Ensamble Mezcal
$72.97

Mezcal Vago Mexicano

70cl, 50%
Mezcal Vago

A Mexicano agave-based Mezcal here from the Mezcal Vago range, produced by Aquilino Garci´a Lo´pez in Oaxaca. If we're being specific (and we do love to be specific), he used the Agave Mexicano Penca…  More info

Mezcal Vago Mexicano
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$92.24

Mezcal Real Minero Espadín, Largo, Tripón & Barril

70cl, 46.50%
Real Minero

An ensemble of agave varieties go in to this Real Minero Mezcal, produced by Lorenzo Angeles in Santa Catarina Minas. Espadín, Largo, Tripón and Barril all have their place in developing the flavour…  More info

Mezcal Real Minero Espadín, Largo, Tripón & Barril
$124.88

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
$120.86

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
$106.99

Zignum Reposado Mezcal

70cl, 38%
Zignum

The Zignum Reposado Mezcal is given a short resting period in oak (longer than two months) before it was bottled. Not as smoky as other mezcal, but plenty of sweet, sugar notes and agave fruitiness.  More info

Zignum Reposado Mezcal
$45.82

Los Siete Misterios Tobala 2013

70cl, 48.10%
Los Siete Misterios

This is the 2013 vintage Los Siete Misterios Tobala double distilled Mezcal, made using Tobala agave. Tobala are different from your average Espadin agave, a regular favourite for use in Mezcal.…  More info

Los Siete Misterios Tobala 2013
$142.41

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
$82.06

Los Siete Misterios Coyote 2014

70cl, 49.50%
Los Siete Misterios

Using a rare sub-variety of agave known as Coyote Agave, Los Seite Misterios have produced this expression of Mezcal. Oh the wonders of the world of agave! Mezcal can be made from a huge number of…  More info

Los Siete Misterios Coyote 2014
$125.51

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
$99.29

Los Danzantes Joven - Espadín

70cl, 43%
Los Danzantes

Los Danzantes (The Dancers) distillery in Mezcal's home, Oaxaca, produced artisan Mezcal made in traditional ways. This is their unaged expression, made with 100% espadin agave. Smoky, spicy and…  More info

Los Danzantes Joven - Espadín
$59.91

Alipus Santa Ana Del Rio Joven Mezcal

70cl, 47.30%
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
$59.03

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