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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.

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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
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Another single village Mezcal from Del Maguey, this one featuring maguey Arroqueño. It is double-distilled in an ancient-style clay still with bamboo tubing. A floral, fig-filled, vanilla rich Mezcal.  More info
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Enmascarado 45
(70cl, 45%)
The Enmascarado, or 'Masked Hero', is a Silver Mezcal made using organic agave plants baked in an underground oven before the juice is double distilled in copper pot stills by master craftsman Don...  More info
$93.62
An intriguing Mezcal made using the Tobalá maguey, which are much smaller than their Espadin or Azul counterparts. This traditional Mexican spirit is double distilled in copper pot stills, resulting...  More info
$188.38
This is the 2013 vintage Doba-Yej mezcal from Los Siete Misterios, made using Angustifolia Haw agave and a double distillation technique. Mezcal can be made with a wide variety of agave, unlike...  More info
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Single Village Mezcal from Del Maguey, made using Tobala agave which are grown at a very high elevation. They are also much smaller than your average agave plant. It takes about eight of these Tobala...  More info
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A Los Siete Misterios Mezcal, made with the large Mexicano variety of agave, which is usually found in the dry forests of Mexico and features very long, pointed leaves. With classic smokiness...  More info
$168.61
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
$202.35
Enmascarado 54
(70cl, 54.50%)
The Enmascarado is a Silver Mezcal made using organic agave plants baked in an underground oven before the juice is double distilled in copper pot stills to 54%abv by master craftsman Don Guillermo...  More info
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Mezcal San Cosme
(70cl, 40%)
A close relative to tequila, mezcal can be made with one of 8 different types of agave, whereas tequila can only be made with blue agave. It's also very tasty and traditional (kind of like a Cornish...  More info
$56.63
Another excellent Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal, this time featuring the light, sweet and subtly spices notes of rare wild Tepextate agave, which grows at high altitudes. Superb stuff.  More info
$156.28
A limited edition Mezcal from Del Maguey, made using three different types of wild agave - Espadin, Tobala and Tobasiche. Happily enough, the bottle informs us that the roasted hearts of these plants...  More info
$160.86
A wonderful small-batch Mezcal bottled by Del Maguey as part of their single village range of Mezcals. This was distilled in San Luis del Rio in Oaxaca and it has a superb flavour.  More info
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With a tagline like "Drink Mezcal, Hail Satan", QuiQuiRiQui are taking a radical approach to showing off their wickedly good Mezcal. Made using traditional methods with Espadin on the riverbank at San...  More info
$59.49
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
$171.74
A spectacular starter Mezcal for those looking to get into the traditional spirit, QuiQuiRiQui Matatlan Mezcal is a grandstand of classic flavours, from smoky to sugary sweet, from earthy notes to a...  More info
$52.89
A Joven (young) Mezcal, La Penca is distilled from Salmaina (a type of Maguey agave) and it's aged in white oak barrels and bottled in a lovely hand blown bottle, complete with the prerequisite: a...  More info
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$61.29
A bottle of mezcal which comes with a little bottle filled with a whole mess of worms, so never again will anyone feel left out at not getting to crunch down on a preserved larva. God bless us...  More info
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Meteoro Joven Mezcal
(70cl, 45%)
From Las Margaritas, Oaxaca, comes Meteoro Joven Mezcal, named after the legend of a small meteor making a little crater in Oaxaca and a local Mezcalero using it as an earthen pit oven to cook his...  More info
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Alipús San Andrés 47.7%
(70cl, 47.70%)
From the Alipús range comes a joven Mezcal from San Andrés, presented at 47.7% ABV. With Mezcal getting lots of attention from the cocktail enthusiasts and lovers of craft spirits alike, there's never...  More info
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Alipús San Juan 47.9%
(70cl, 47.90%)
An Alipús bottling of joven Mezcal from San Juan, presented at 47.9% ABV. These releases look to give light to Mezcal created by smaller producers, ones that you might not get to discover without...  More info
$80.52
Del Maguey Madrecuixe
(70cl, 47%)
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
$152.03
Another fantastic Mezcal from Del Maguey, made with two types of agave - Tobala and Espadin. The blend is 58% Tobala agave and 42% Espadin agave. It's the first blend of agave that Del Maguey has made...  More info
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Papadiablo Espadin Mezcal
(70cl, 47.70%)
This Papadiablo Mezcal is made with a single variety of agave (the Espadin agave) in Miahuatlan, Oaxaca. Earthy and fruity - plenty to work with for Mezcal cocktails. Also, we have to reiterate - the...  More info
$117.24
A superbly good single village Mezcal from Del Maguey. This is from the village of Chichipa. This Mezcal offers up superb fresh, agave-rich palate with a hint of calve's leather and tobacco.  More info
$98.73
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