Mezcal is a mexican alcohol that is similar to tequila but unlike tequila which must be made from the blue agave, mezcal can be made from any of 8 approved varieties of the agave plant. It is common for mezcal bottles to have a worm , although the reason behind this is debated. One theory is that the worm serves to show the high proof and thereby quality of the mezcal. It is said that if the worm remains intact in the bottle the percentage of alcohol in the spirit is high enough to preserve the worm.
Produced by a fourth-generation master distiller in Oaxaca, this mescal, uniquely, has damiana added to it. Damiana is a Mexican herb, once revered by the Aztecs, which has a (scientifically unproven) reputation for its mood-elevating and aphrodisiac properties.
Less smoky than standard mescal, this is a sweet, floral spirit with an undercurrent of bitter herb and savoury notes.
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 worm! (Con Gusano means "with a worm").
A classic tequila for your favourite margarita or simply to pair with a zesty lemon, Mezcal Lajita is 100% natural and packed with flavour. Using only agave and matured for five years, Mezcal Lajita encapsulates the classic flavour Mexico, with a sweetness and sharp bite that can be enjoyed again and again. Renowned as one of the smoothest mezcals on the market, it makes a wonderful shooter or ingredient for an exotic, zesty cocktail.
Monte Alban Mezcal is your opportunity to taste a genuine Mexican mezcal, complete with worm. It’s a traditional mezcal that simply needs to be slammed with salt and lime and is awash with a range of fresh flavours from chargrilled vegetables to hints of chutney. Spicy notes of cinnamon and white pepper come through, followed by a smokiness which blends perfectly with the char. The smokiness is the flavour which lasts and the one which you’ll remember most clearly.
For five generations the Lopez family have been making quality Mezcal from the Espadin agave that grows in the shadows of the Montelobos (Mountain of the wolves). Using modern techniques and age old customs the result is perfectly balanced Mezcal with a smoky and sophisticated flavour.
San Cosme Mezcal is a stylish example of a traditional mezcal which has an extremely rich flavour, due to its non-chill filtration process. Its aroma lets you deep and earthy with a dry woody character and sweet roast agave notes. On first sip you’ll enjoy a viscous mouth feel, the flavours coating it entirely and a burst of fruity freshness followed by a creamy caramel-like depth. A hint of spice supports those warm agave notes and there is a final smoky note which lingers pleasantly.
Del Maguey Vida Mezcal is 100% organic and made by hand. This extra care and attention delivers a natural flavour, unblended and surprisingly complex. Smokiness and warmth comes through in this mezcal, with peppery notes mellowed by a caramel honey depth. It’s wonderful if you’re mixing or sipping and the aroma, heavy with fruity aromatics, will draw you in on first opening. The finish is long, soft, delicate and above all else, entices you to try another sip.
Produced in Oaxaca, Ilegal Joven is a young Mezcal which has the distinctive flavour of roasted agave and earthy tones which help it stand out from the crowd. Its aroma are fresh and youthful, with fresh flowers, peppermint and tobacco notes all coming through. It has a complex herbal character which is softened by caramel and raisin flavours and spiced up with black pepper heat. It ends with the floral notes at the forefront.
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 espadin and madre-cuishe agave to create it - these are popular agave varieties for good reasons. The process from harvest to bottle each batch of Pensador takes two months - with the hand bottling and labelling taking it closer to three.