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Mezcal

Mezcal is a distilled drink made from the maguey plant (also known as 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 can boast a marvellous variety of flavours, from floral and herbaceous, to rich and smoky, and beyond. 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, 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 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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Dangerous Don Joven Mezcal

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
29
$48.63
$45.31
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Dos Hombres Mezcal

70cl, 42%
Dos Hombres

Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston teamed up once more, but this time they're cooking agave to create Dos Hombres Mezcal! Oaxacan Espadin agave is at the heart of this joven expression, and it's…  More info

Dos Hombres Mezcal
1
$66.42

Ilegal Reposado

70cl, 40%
Ilegal

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
4
$65.25
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Pensador Espadín

50cl, 48%
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
$36.51

Corte Vetusto Espadín

70cl, 45%
Corte Vetusto

Under the watchful eye of fourth generation Master Distiller Juan Carlos Gonzalez Diaz, Corte Vetusto Espadín Mezcal is produced. Before distillation, the agave is cooking in traditional earthen pit…  More info

Corte Vetusto Espadín
6
$64.66

Ilegal Añejo

70cl, 40%
Ilegal

"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

Ilegal Añejo
3
$83.20

Dangerous Don Mandarina Mezcal

70cl, 48%
Dangerous Don

Dangerous Don has been experimenting with mandarins for this magnificent mezcal! The mezcal is twice distilled, infused with freshly peeled fruit that is allowed to steep for a day before being…  More info

Dangerous Don Mandarina Mezcal
2
$57.56

Papadiablo Mezcal Especial (47.7%)

70cl, 47.7%
Papadiablo

Pope Devil. That's what the name of this excellent joven Mezcal translates to. As we're sure you'll agree, that's a pretty strong and genuinely awesome name - and those adjectives do indeed also…  More info

Papadiablo Mezcal Especial (47.7%)
1
$81.85

Corte Vetusto Tobalá

70cl, 43.8%
Corte Vetusto

The Corte Vetusto Tobalá comes hand-crafted by fourth generation master distiller Juan Carlos Gonzalez Diaz, and boasts 100% wild agave. This Joven (un-aged) mezcal stands at 42% ABV. It's a smooth…  More info

Corte Vetusto Tobalá
4
$108.53

Memorable Arroqueno

70cl, 46.7%
Memorable

From the Memorable Mezcal series comes a spirit produced using the Arroqueno variety of agave. The whole Memorable range is made using wild agave - none of that farming or cultivation here. Just…  More info

Memorable Arroqueno
1
$110.74

Santo de Piedra

70cl, 40%
Agua Piedra

Santa de Piedra is a jovel mezcal made in San Bartolo Yautepec using espadin agave. Not only is it tasty, the bottles are also made using recycled glass - which is always cool.  More info

Santo de Piedra
3
$73.36

La Medida Bicuishe

70cl, 44.9%
La Medida

A punchy mezcal from the La Medida range, which was made exclusively using the Bicuishe agave variety. Enjoyably spicy and herbaceous, with enough sweetness to stop it becoming outrageous.  More info

La Medida Bicuishe
1
$77.50

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
$44.26

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
$58.67

La Escondida Mezcal

70cl, 40%
Grand Mezcal

The first release from Grand Mezcal, La Escondida is a blanco mezcal made exclusively with espadín agave from Oaxaca. The agave is aged for seven to ten years, and then its distilled twice to create…  More info

La Escondida Mezcal
1
$66.42

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
$66.42

La Medida Tobasiche

70cl, 47.3%
La Medida

A Tobasiche agave-based mezcal produced as part of the La Medida range. Tobasiche is a popular choice for mezcal makin' and produces a spirit rich in earthy/forest-y notes alongside the traditional…  More info

La Medida Tobasiche
1
$88.52

La Medida Arroqueno

70cl, 46.7%
La Medida

Mezcal from the La Medida range, which was created under the watchful eye of Julián Vidal Gómez Rodríguez. This expression is made with Arroqueno agave, which is a particularly large variety of agave…  More info

La Medida Arroqueno
1
$83.04

Gente de Mezcal Espadín

75cl, 48%
Gente De Mezcal

A joven mezcal from Gente de Mezcal made using only the Espadín agave, harvested from the Oaxaca region. The production method follows traditional techniques and acestral knowledge from the Mexican…  More info

Gente de Mezcal Espadín
1
$77.50

Animas Espadín-Cupreata

70cl, 48%
Animas

This Animas mezcal is made with a blend of two agave varieties - Espadín and Cupreata. The Espadín agave plants are harvested at 7 years old, while the Cupreata agave is harvested at 9 years old.…  More info

Animas Espadín-Cupreata
1
$75.29

Gente De Mezcal Ensamble

75cl, 46%
Gente De Mezcal

As you might expect from the name, Gente De Mezcal Ensamble is made from a selection of agave varietals, rather than just one (though if you're looking for single varietal mezcal, the brand also has…  More info

Gente De Mezcal Ensamble
1
$91.91

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
$49.67
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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
$39.83

Del Maguey San Luis del Rio Mezcal

70cl, 47%
Del Maguey

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

Del Maguey San Luis del Rio Mezcal
3
$76.34

QuiQuiRiQui Tobalá

50cl, 46.5%
QuiQuiRiQui

This joven mezcal from QuiQuiRiQui is produced from wild Tobalá agave, which is smaller than other varieties. They take around 10 or 15 years to grow to maturity and yield less per plant than more…  More info

QuiQuiRiQui Tobalá
1
$55.35

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