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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.

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)
$27.43

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
$32.34

Los Cuerudos Joven 2015

70cl, 38%
Tradición Chagoya

This is the blanco Mezcal from the Los Cuerudos range, made using traditional methods with Espadin agave.  More info

Los Cuerudos Joven 2015
$34.81

Mezcal Eterno Joven No.1

50cl, 40%
Mezcal Eterno

Well presented 100% Espadín Agave mezcal from San Dionisio Ocotepec, Oaxaca, produced using traditional techniques by Don Nacho.  More info

Mezcal Eterno Joven No.1
1
$34.93

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
$35.41

Ilegal Joven

50cl, 40%
Speciality Drinks

Produced in Tlacolula, Oaxaca, this is a delicious Joven (young) Mezcal from Ilegal. Distilled from agave plants roasted in an earthen pit and distilled twice in a copper still.  More info

Ilegal Joven
1
$36.72

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
$37.68

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
$37.93

Nuestra Soledad Ejutla 2014 - Edition 05

70cl, 41%
Mezcal El Jolgorio

A 100% Espadin agave mezcal from La Compañía, Ejutla created by Don Gonzalo and Don Gregorio Hernandez.  More info

Nuestra Soledad Ejutla 2014 - Edition 05
$39.43

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
$39.90

QuiQuiRiQui San Juan Del Rio Mezcal

70cl, 48%
QuiQuiRiQui

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…  More info

QuiQuiRiQui San Juan Del Rio Mezcal
$41.91

Pierde Almas Puritita Verda

70cl, 40%
Pierde Almas S.A

Pierde Almas' Puritita Verda is made with Espadin agave and bottled at 40%, specifically for use in cocktails and easy sipping. A light, easy-to-drink Mezcal that still features the classic smoky…  More info

Pierde Almas Puritita Verda
$42.03

Mezcal Amores Espadin

70cl, 41%
Mezcal Amores

An Amores mezcal made with Espadin agave from Oaxaca. A tasty spirit from a brand that say they only work with sustainably cultivated agaves.  More info

Mezcal Amores Espadin

La Penca Mezcal (with worm!)

70cl, 40%
La Penca

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

La Penca Mezcal (with worm!)
6
$43.18

Mezcal Eterno Añejo No.1

50cl, 40%
Mezcal Eterno

Mezcal Eterno is produced traditionally by fourth generation mezcal producer Don Nacho in the San Dionisio Ocotepec region, Oaxaca. It's made from 100% Espadín Agave (harvested after around 10 years)…  More info

Mezcal Eterno Añejo No.1
$43.70

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
$44.70

Ilegal Reposado

50cl, 40%
Speciality Drinks

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

Ilegal Reposado
$44.83

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
4
$45.25

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
2
$45.38

Zignum Reposado Mezcal

70cl, 38%
Zignum

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

Zignum Reposado Mezcal
$45.87

Los Cuerudos Reposado 2015

70cl, 38%
Tradición Chagoya

Reposado Mezcal from the Los Cuerudis selection. Rich and surprisingly sweet, with just a subtly suggestion of classic mezcal smoke coming through.  More info

Los Cuerudos Reposado 2015
$46.36

Derrumbes San Luis Potosí Mezcal

70cl, 43.50%
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
$46.95

Montelobos Joven Mezcal

70cl, 43.20%
Casa Montelobos

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

Montelobos Joven Mezcal
$47.41

Bruxo No.2

70cl, 46%
Bruxo

This Bruxo No.2 has been made with 80% Espadin and 20% Barril agave. Whilst tequila has to be made with blue agave, mezcal can be made with many different species of the plant.  More info

Bruxo No.2
$47.89

Derrumbes Oaxaca Mezcal

70cl, 48%
Derrumbes

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

Derrumbes Oaxaca Mezcal
$49.04

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