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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.

Bruxo No.2

70cl, 46%
Bruxo

An pechuga-style mezcal from the Bruxo range. While your standard pechuga will be distilled with a piece of chicken hung in the still to allow the vapours to pass over the meat, this is a vegetarian…  More info

Bruxo No.2
$49.66

Don Amado Mezcal Tobalá & Bicuishe

70cl, 46%
Don Amado

Distilled in traditional clay pots, this Mezcal from Real de Minas Distillery is made using tobalá and bicuishe agave. With family history of Mezcal production dating back 11 generations, master…  More info

Don Amado Mezcal Tobalá & Bicuishe
$94.42

Real Minero Mezcal Espadín

70cl, 52.3%
Real Minero

A joven mezcal from Real Minero, showcasing the Espadín agave! It's one of the most common agave varieties for a reason, and that's because it's brilliant for mezcal making. There's a good dose of…  More info

Real Minero Mezcal Espadín
$94.42

Jaral De Berrio Mezcal

70cl, 36%
Jaral de Berrio

Jaral de Berrio Mezcal is made using 100% Salmiana agave using traditional methods. The Salmiana species is native to central and southern Mexico. A surprisingly sweet nose develops vegetal notes of…  More info

Jaral De Berrio Mezcal
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$30.33

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
$117.33

Mezcales De Leyenda Oaxaca

70cl, 48.7%
Destilados Artesanales

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

Mezcales De Leyenda Oaxaca
$57.43

Ojo de Dios ODD Café

70cl, 35%
Ojo de Dios

The folks at Ojo de Dios have gone and brewed up a marvellous concoction here, combining its glorious Ojo de Dios Joven Mezcal with rich coffee. The result is a tremendous sipper served neat over ice…  More info

Ojo de Dios ODD Café
$54.69

Se Busca Mezcal Joven

70cl, 40%
Se Busca

Se Busca, which means 'wanted' in Spanish, is a tribute to the women of the Mexican Revolution, the outlaws of their time. This Mezcal Joven is made from 100% agave at at an undisclosed distillery.  More info

Se Busca Mezcal Joven
$47.47

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
$70.45

El Rey Zapoteco Espadín

70cl, 45%
El Rey Zapoteco

This glorious unaged Mezcal from El Rey Zapoteco focuses on the Espadín agave, harvested from its own plantations! The Mezcal is made using traditional methods such as cooking the agave on a wood…  More info

El Rey Zapoteco Espadín
$48.47

Mezcal Vago Ensamble en Barro

70cl, 49.5%
Mezcal Vago

A marvellous expression from Mezcal Vago, this Ancestral mezcal was produced by mezcalero Tío Rey using a combination of Espadín, Coyote, and Mexicano agave, roasted in earthen ovens for several…  More info

Mezcal Vago Ensamble en Barro
$90.43

El Tinieblo Reposado

75cl, 40%
El Tinieblo

Fabulous reposado mezcal from El Tinieblo, this is made using traditional methods, then aged in ex-bourbon barrels for six to nine months. Rancho El Tinieblo has a history dating back to 1865, so…  More info

El Tinieblo Reposado
$72.54

Bruxo No.5

70cl, 46%
Bruxo

Artisanal mezcal (most mezcals are) made with Tobala agave in San Agustín Amatengo.  More info

Bruxo No.5
$89.23

Bruxo No.4

70cl, 46%
Bruxo

The fourth mezcal in the Bruxo range is made with Espadin, Barril and Cuishe agave from Las Salinas.  More info

Bruxo No.4
$65.57

Del Maguey Wild Tepextate Mezcal

70cl, 45%
Del Maguey

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

Del Maguey Wild Tepextate Mezcal
$108.38

Mezcal Vago Madrecuishe

70cl, 50.5%
Mezcal Vago

An excellent mezcal from the Mezcal Vago range, produced by Emigdio Jarquín Ramirez using the Madrecuishe agave variety. Enjoyably flavoursome, with a fine balance between familiar savoury notes of…  More info

Mezcal Vago Madrecuishe
$90.43

Mezcal Amores Espadín (2020 Edition)

70cl, 41%
Mezcal Amores

This right here is the 2020 edition of Mezcal Amores' Espadín-based mezcal, a wonderfully flavoursome and fruity expression, with enough smoke to offer a brilliantly balanced flavour profile. What's…  More info

Mezcal Amores Espadín (2020 Edition)
$45.23

Monte Alban Mezcal

70cl, 40%
Monte Alban

Monte Alban is a beautifully smoky mezcal, well worth trying!  More info

Monte Alban Mezcal
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$27.34

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%
$52.45

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
$38

El Rey Zapoteco Cuishe

70cl, 45%
El Rey Zapoteco

A fascinating Mezcal from El Rey Zapoteco, which has been producing artisinal Mezcal in Oaxaca for 60 years! This particular expression is made using the Cuishe agave varietal which grows wild and…  More info

El Rey Zapoteco Cuishe
$94.20

El Rey Zapoteco Añejo

70cl, 44%
El Rey Zapoteco

From one of Oaxaca's oldest artisanal Mezcal brands, El Rey Zapoteco comes this exceptional Añejo Mezcal. Produced using 100% Espadín agave, grown on the family estate, traditional methods are…  More info

El Rey Zapoteco Añejo
$60.60

Convite Espadín Madrecuishe Mezcal

70cl, 42%
Convite

An artesanal unaged mezcal from the Convite range, made with a blend of Espadín and Madrecuishe agave. While many joven mezcals are great for mixing, this one certainly stands up to being sipped and…  More info

Convite Espadín Madrecuishe Mezcal
$45.69

La Medida Tobala

70cl, 40%
La Medida

A joven mezcal from La Medida, produced with the Tobala agave! The agave is harvested from the wild at 1,900 meters above sea level, and this expression is the smokiest from the range.  More info

La Medida Tobala
1
$66.56

Derrumbes San Luis Potosí Mezcal

70cl, 44%
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
2
$43.16

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