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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.

Madre Mezcal (200ml)

20cl, 45%
Madre Mezcal

A zazzy little 20cl bottle of Madre Mezcal! It's distilled in a copper pot still in Oaxaca from Espadin and Cuishe agave varieties, full of herbal smoky notes. The perfect little gift for agave…  More info

Madre Mezcal (200ml)
$26.97

Monte Alban Mezcal

70cl, 40%
Monte Alban

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

Monte Alban Mezcal
6
$27.34

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
$31.25

Pensador Espadín

50cl, 47.5%
Pensador

Excellent Mezcal from the Pensador range, with a focus of the Espadín agave! Traditional production methods are used to produce the spirit, making for a flavoured expression that'll be perfect for…  More info

Pensador Espadín
3
$33.74
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Mezcal Verde

70cl, 42%
Verde Momento

Mezcal from the Verde Momento, now bottled at a slightly bumped up ABV of 42%. The labels still feature artwork from Mexican artists, and the mezcal within still impresses greatly. Good stuff all…  More info

Mezcal Verde
1
$33.75
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El Recuerdo Joven

70cl, 40%
El Recuerdo

Hailing from the Oaxaca region of Mexico, El Recuerdo Joven is a solid, well balanced Mezcal. Ideal for cocktails, or sipped neat alongside a chunky wedge of fresh, juicy orange.  More info

El Recuerdo Joven
$34.27

Ojo de Tigre Joven Mezcal

70cl, 37%
Ojo de Tigre

This artisanal mezcal from Ojo de Tigre showcases a blend of both Espadín and Tobalá agave! This is an unaged Joven expression, with oodles of fresh fruit and citrus to be found alongside gentle…  More info

Ojo de Tigre Joven Mezcal
$35.84
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Zignum Joven

70cl, 40%
Zignum

Zignum Mezcal is made using espadín agave, which are harvested at the peak of their maturity. Zignum's mezcalero keeps their eye on every aspect of the production of the spirit, from field to bottle,…  More info

Zignum Joven
$36.83

QuiQuiRiQui Matatlan Mezcal

70cl, 45%
QuiQuiRiQui

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

QuiQuiRiQui Matatlan Mezcal
7
$37.14

Bruxo X

70cl, 40%
Bruxo

This handcrafted Joven mezcal was made from an ensemble of Espadin and Barril Agave using traditional production methods. The agave is slow-cooked in an earthen pit and crushed with a tahona, before…  More info

Bruxo X
3
$37.85

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
$38.27
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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
$39

Banhez Joven Ensemble Mezcal

70cl, 42%
Banhez

A top mezcal from Banhez, perfect for mixing or sipping! It's a blend of 90% Espadín agave and 10% Barril agave, with oodles of tropical fruit sweetness balancing a whiff of smoke. We're already…  More info

Banhez Joven Ensemble Mezcal
$39.21
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Pensador Mezcal

50cl, 48%
Pensador

Don Atenogenes and his family create Pensador Mezcal in his fields near Miahuatlan, Oaxaca, using traditional methods which remain largely unchanged since the 16th Century. They use a combination of…  More info

Pensador Mezcal
12
$40.16

Mezcal Unión Uno

70cl, 40%
Mezcal Unión

The Mezcal Unión brand was founded with a respect to mezcal's artisan and traditional production, as well as with a drive to provide social development and economic sustainability for the families…  More info

Mezcal Unión Uno
$40.21

Koch El Maguey Espadín

70cl, 47%
Koch El

From the ever wonderful Koch El range comes this expression, made using the much loved Espadín agave sourced from San Baltazar Guelavila. This joven mezcal is unaged, bottled at 47% ABV. A great…  More info

Koch El Maguey Espadín
$40.91
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Zignum Reposado

70cl, 40%
Zignum

This mezcal boasts strong agave flavour, complemented by sweet toasted character from a maturation of 8 months in American white oak barrels. It doesn’t have the smoked flavour profile of many…  More info

Zignum Reposado
$40.92
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Del Maguey Mezcal Vida

70cl, 42%
Del Maguey

A single village Mezcal from the top producers Del Maguey, this stuff is twice distilled from 100% Agave Espadin, and it's bottled unblended in a "time-honoured" 400 year old way.  More info

Del Maguey Mezcal Vida
8
$41.83

La Medida Espadín

70cl, 40%
La Medida

Mezcal from the La Medida range, produced using the most popular agave variety for mezcal - Espadín. Smoky stuff, with plenty of fruity, earthy flavours behind it.  More info

La Medida Espadín
3
$42.96

Madre Mezcal Espadín

70cl, 40%
Madre Mezcal

The Madre Mezcal range is now home to a single agave variety expression! While the classic bottling features a combo of Espadín and Cuishe, this one is all about the Espadín, one of the most popular…  More info

Madre Mezcal Espadín
$43.98

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
$44.46
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Dangerous Don Joven Mezcal Espadín

70cl, 45%
Dangerous Don

From the awesomely-named Dangerous Don is a wonderful joven mezcal! It's produced exclusively from Espadín agave, and is produced in the traditional artisanal fashion. The agave is roasted in a pit,…  More info

Dangerous Don Joven Mezcal Espadín
30
$45.03

Montelobos Joven Mezcal

70cl, 43.2%
Casa Montelobos

Montelobos Joven Mezcal is made with espadin agave and carefully crafted by Iván Saldaña. This offers up a well-balanced blend of roasted agave notes, herbaceous elements and a classic whiff of…  More info

Montelobos Joven Mezcal
3
$45.92
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Bruxo No.1

70cl, 46%
Bruxo

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

Bruxo No.1
1
$46.08

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)
$46.60

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