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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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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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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
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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
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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
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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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$61.84
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
$64.03
Ilegal Reposado
(50cl, 40%)
This is a delicious Reposado Mezcal from the Ilegal company. It's distilled at Destileria Tlacolula in Oaxaca, Mexico, and is double distilled in copper stills. It's then aged in American oak before...  More info
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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
$65.70
A Derrumbes Mezcal from Oaxaca, made with Espadin agave, cooked in a traditional underground pit and double distilled. It is allowed to rest for three months before the Mezcal is bottled in these...  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
$74.44
Sombra
(70cl, 45%)
Hailing from the Rio Hormiga Colorada valley of Mexico, Sombra is a Mezcal (kind of like Tequila but more rustic) that is made from the Espadin Agave which is a cactus-like plant that is actually...  More info
$77.40
Bruxo No.1
(70cl, 46%)
Made with 100% Espadin agave, Bruxo No.1 is a traditional mezcal, a close relative to tequila (which must be made from blue agave). If you didn't know, "Espadin" is the Spanish name for a ceremonial...  More info
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$80.48
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
$81.26
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
$81.26
Alipus San Baltazar
(70cl, 47.50%)
An unaged Mezcal from San Baltazar, produced by Cosme and Cirilo Hernández using Espadin agave. Bottled by Alipus, whom specialise in seeking out great Mezcal from smaller producers.  More info
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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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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
$85.90
An artisan Mezcal produced by Los Danzantes (The Dancers) in Oaxaca. Their Reposado Mezcal is made using espadin agave which is double distilled and then aged for 11 months. This maturation imparts...  More info
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Ilegal Añejo
(50cl, 40%)
"This stuff's so good it should be Ilegal [sic]"Chortle chortle, merriment and mirth. Oh, but seriously though, this is a very tasty mezcal, made in Tlacolula in Mexico's Oaxaca region. It was twice...  More info
$93.66
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
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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
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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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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
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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
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Pierde Almas Espadin
(70cl, 50.90%)
Pierde Almas produce small batch, artisan Mezcal in Oaxaca, Mexico, using copper pot stills. This is their Espadin expression, made with Espadin agave, which results in a creamy mouth-feel and plenty...  More info
$111.06
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