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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)
$24.36

Monte Alban Mezcal

70cl, 40%
Monte Alban

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

Monte Alban Mezcal
6
$27.98

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
$33.02
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Dangerous Don Joven Mezcal Espadín 50cl

50cl, 45%
Dangerous Don

This 500ml bottle of Dangerous Don Joven Mezcal Espadín is a pretty perfect gift if you're looking for something to give to a mezcal lover in your life. This 100% espadín maguey mezcal is already…  More info

Dangerous Don Joven Mezcal Espadín 50cl
1
$33.53

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
1
$33.83
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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
2
$34.05
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El Recuerdo Joven

70cl, 40%
El Recuerdo

Hailing from the Mexican capital Oaxaca, El Recuerdo mezcal of which UFC fighter Jorge Masvidal is an owner. A solid joven, this is ideal for cocktails, or sipped neat alongside a chunky wedge of…  More info

El Recuerdo Joven
$34.05

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
$36.07

El Recuerdo Abocado con Gusano (with worm)

70cl, 40%
El Recuerdo

Produced using 100% Agave Espadín, in the Oaxaca region of Mexico comes El Recuerdo Gusano. You’ll notice it says “Abocado con Gusano” on the label, this is Spanish for “enriched with agave worm”,…  More info

El Recuerdo Abocado con Gusano (with worm)
$36.07

Koch Elemental Espadín

70cl, 40%
Koch El

An artisanal mezcal from the ever-wonderful Koch, made entirely with the popular Espadín agave. With its balance of tropical fruit, smoke, and herbaceous flavours, it'll no doubt stand out in a…  More info

Koch Elemental Espadín
$36.58

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
$36.59

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
$36.88

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
$39.07

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
$39.12

Ojo de Dios Joven

70cl, 42%
Ojo de Dios

An artisinal mezcal from Ojo de Dios (which translates at 'God’s eye'), produced from Espadin agave. This here is a Joven bottling, so after the agave is roasted for around 10 days and double…  More info

Ojo de Dios Joven
1
$39.93

Ojo de Dios ODD Hibiscus

70cl, 35%
Ojo de Dios

Ojo de Dios Hibiscus takes the brand's signature Joven and blends it with Oaxacan-grown hibiscus flowers to create a drink inspired by the Mexican tradition of serving hibiscus tea ‘agua de Jamaica’…  More info

Ojo de Dios ODD Hibiscus
$39.93

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
$40.14

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
$40.65
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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
$40.83
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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
$41.56

Koch El Maguey Espadín

70cl, 47.1%
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
1
$42.68
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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
$42.68

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
$43.70
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Pelotón de la Muerte

70cl, 41%
Destilados Artesanales

Pelotón de la Muerte is a silver Mezcal made using Espadin agave. The name means 'Brigade of Death', named after a group of insurgents during the Mexican Revolution - their flag is also featured on…  More info

Pelotón de la Muerte
3
$44.73
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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
32
$45.73

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