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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.

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
$96.31

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
$75.40

Corte Vetusto Ensamble II

70cl, 43.5%
Corte Vetusto

This is the second limited edition Joven (unaged) bottling from Corte Vetusto and fourth generation 'master mezcalero' Juan Carlos Gonzalez Diaz in a range that was created to educate and challenge…  More info

Corte Vetusto Ensamble II
$100.54

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
$59.09

La Medida Madrecuishe (46.6%)

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 (46.6%)
$76.39

Montelobos Pechuga Mezcal

70cl, 47.9%
Casa Montelobos

Prepare yourselves for this Pechuga Mezcal from Montelobos. Firstly, it's made with Espadin agave, though the secret (not so secret) ingredient is added before the final distillation, when a turkey…  More info

Montelobos Pechuga Mezcal
$112.84

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
$94.95

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
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$103.57

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
$86.46

El Mero Mero 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 Mero Mezcal
$60.31

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
$71.69

Convite Tobala Mezcal

70cl, 42%
Convite

This joven mezcal from Convite is made with the wild (and rare) Tobala agave! Tobala plants take longer to reach maturity – around 12 years – though it's certainly worth the wait. This complex…  More info

Convite Tobala Mezcal
$66.17

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
$76.41

Convite Esencial Joven Mezcal

70cl, 40%
Convite

A lightly smoky, herbaceous mezcal here from Convite, perfect for all those agave-based cocktails you've been meaning to shake up! The artesanal mezcal is produced from the popular Espadín agave, and…  More info

Convite Esencial Joven Mezcal
$37.58
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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
$76.39

Zignum Añejo

70cl, 40%
Zignum

This mezcal was aged for 18 months in a combination of French and American oak. Zignum do not roast their agave, as is common for most Mezcal production – instead they opt for a method of steam…  More info

Zignum Añejo
$56.79
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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
$100.55

La Medida Arroqueno

70cl, 46.7%
La Medida

Mezcal from the La Medida range, which was created under the watchful eye of Julián Vidal Gómez Rodríguez. This expression is made with Arroqueno agave, which is a particularly large variety of agave…  More info

La Medida Arroqueno
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$81.43

Memorable Madrecuishe

70cl, 45%
Memorable

From the Memorable Mezcal range, which is all about using wild agave to make the spirits, comes an expression produced exclusively with Madrecuishe agave. Madrecuishe is part of the Karwinskii…  More info

Memorable Madrecuishe
$97.53

The Lost Explorer Salmiana Mezcal

70cl, 42%
The Lost Explorer

A super herbaceous mezcal from The Lost Explorer, showing off the brilliance of the Salmiana agave! The wild species is found at high altitudes, making it rather hard to forage – but it's certainly…  More info

The Lost Explorer Salmiana Mezcal
$130.73

Derrumbes Tamulipas

70cl, 46.7%
Derrumbes

Derrumbes brings you a blend of three rare agave, Univittata, Funkiana, and Americana, while Americana is the only agave that can be found outside the state of Tampaulipas. Though unfortunately this…  More info

Derrumbes Tamulipas
$53.32

Picaflor Mezcal Wild

70cl, 47.9%
Picaflor

Picaflor Mezcal celebrates the stirling work of the hummingbird, which is integral in the pollination of the agave plant! Picaflor Mezcal Wild includes both Espadín (Angustifolia Haw) and Madrecuishe…  More info

Picaflor Mezcal Wild
$86.48

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
$48.24

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
$71.38

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
$51.80
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