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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.

Marca Negra Espadin Mezcal (51.3%)

70cl, 51.30%
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%)
$84.61

Del Maguey Arroqueño Mezcal

70cl, 49%
Del Maguey

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

Del Maguey Arroqueño Mezcal
$114.67

Del Maguey San Luis Del Rio - Special Stitzel Weller Cask Finish

70cl, 42%
Del Maguey

A special edition bottling of Del Maguey single village Mezcal, distilled in San Luis Del Rio in Oaxaca. What makes this edition special (hence it being special edition) is that it was aged in 20…  More info

Del Maguey San Luis Del Rio - Special Stitzel Weller Cask Finish
$122.42

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
$100.57

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
$60.68

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
$59.79

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
$45.23

Los Danzantes Anejo - Espadín

70cl, 45.90%
Los Danzantes

This delicious anejo Mezcal is made in Oaxaca by Los Danzantes, which translates to 'The Dancers'. It rests in oak barrels for 16 months before it is put into beautiful bottles.  More info

Los Danzantes Anejo - Espadín
$77.10

Alipus San Baltazar (47.4%)

70cl, 47.40%
Alipus

This artisanal Alipus San Baltazar Guélavila Mezcal is produced using Espadin agave by small batch, father and son distillers Cosme and Cirilo Hernández.  More info

Alipus San Baltazar (47.4%)
$57.40

Del Maguey Pechuga Mezcal

70cl, 49%
Del Maguey

An unusual and delicious sipping Mezcal from Del Maguey. This spirit is named "Pechuga", which means chicken breast - a reference to the third distillation, in which a basket of fruit and a chicken…  More info

Del Maguey Pechuga Mezcal
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$183.48

Del Maguey Tobala (Wild Mountain) Mezcal

70cl, 45%
Del Maguey

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

Del Maguey Tobala (Wild Mountain) Mezcal
$115.76

Los Danzantes Reposado - Espadín (43.2%)

70cl, 43.20%
Los Danzantes

A reposado Mezcal from the Los Danzantes range, made using Espadín agave and matured in oak casks for 11 months before bottling. 'Los Danzantes' translates to 'The Dancers', which is an enjoyably…  More info

Los Danzantes Reposado - Espadín (43.2%)
$65.78

Del Maguey Santo Domingo Albarradas Mezcal

70cl, 48%
Del Maguey

A superb single estate Mezcal from Del Maguey. This was produced at Santo Domingo Albarradas, which is located in the Mixe region in southern Oaxaca.  More info

Del Maguey Santo Domingo Albarradas Mezcal
$72.36

Derrumbes Michoacan Mezcal

70cl, 46%
Derrumbes

Derrumbes use a mix of two varieties of agave for their Michoacan Mezcal - Cupreata and Cenizo. This blend brings together two classic styles of Mezcal, one bright and fruity, one complex and herbal.…  More info

Derrumbes Michoacan Mezcal
$54.16

Del Maguey San Pedro Taviche Mezcal

70cl, 49%
Del Maguey

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

Del Maguey San Pedro Taviche Mezcal
$114.67

Papadiablo Mezcal Especial

70cl, 47%
Papadiablo

Papadiablo is a complex artisan Mezcal from Oaxaca that is made with a Espadin agave as well as 3 other types of wild agave; Madrecuishe, Bicuishe and Mezicano. The name is a rather enjoyable…  More info

Papadiablo Mezcal Especial
$76.01

Alipús San Andrés 47%

70cl, 47%
Alipus

An Alipús Mezcal here from San Andrés - a rich, surprisingly wood-y joven Mezcal, perfect for sipping neat or taking centre stage in a cocktail.  More info

Alipús San Andrés 47%
$57.40

The Mezcal Advent Calendar (2015 Edition)

72cl, 43.90%
Drinks by the Dram

Things that are awesome: 1. Booze-filled advent calendars from Drinks by the Dram. 2. Mezcal. Not content with the agave-tastic Tequila Advent Calendar, Drinks by the Dram have now brought us a…  More info

The Mezcal Advent Calendar (2015 Edition)
$164.10

Donaji Joven Mezcal 2015

70cl, 40%
Tradición Chagoya

Donaji Blanco is a richly herbaceous Mezcal made using Espadin and is twice distilled. It's named after the the legend of Princess Donají.  More info

Donaji Joven Mezcal 2015
$35.82

Mezcal San Cosme

70cl, 40%
Mezcal San Cosme

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

Mezcal San Cosme
$40.37

Gusano Rojo Mezcal (With Worm)

70cl, 38%
Mezcales de Gusano

A smoky, slightly sweet Mezcal from Oaxaca, complete with a worm (which the Mezcal has been named after - "Gusano Rojo" means "Red Worm"). There's a cartoon worm on the label, too, with arms, legs…  More info

Gusano Rojo Mezcal (With Worm)
$27.75

Meteoro Joven Mezcal

70cl, 45%
Mezcal Meteoro

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

Meteoro Joven Mezcal
$52.58

Marca Negra Tobalá Mezcal

70cl, 47.60%
Marca Negra

An intriguing Mezcal made using rare wild Tobalá maguey, which are much smaller than their Espadin or Azul counterparts and are known for their robust flavour! This traditional Mexican spirit is…  More info

Marca Negra Tobalá Mezcal
$98.62

Del Maguey San Jose Rio Minas Mezcal

70cl, 48%
Del Maguey

Yet another fantastic single village Mezcal from Del Maguey, all of which are unique, not only in origin but flavour. This limited edition expression packs lush notes of papaya, peach and refreshing…  More info

Del Maguey San Jose Rio Minas Mezcal
$111.40

Pierde Almas Pechuga 2013

70cl, 47.60%
Pierde Almas S.A

A yearly release from the artisan Mezcal producers, Pierde Almas, their Pechuga is made from Espadin agave, which is triple distilled. However, before the third distillation, the Mezcal is blended…  More info

Pierde Almas Pechuga 2013
$178.06

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