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.
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 single-village mezcals are very rare and highly sought-after, having picked up the title of World's Best Mezcal at the World Spirits Competition every year from 1999-2002. This bottle of Chichicapa was made in the village of the same name, and scored a hugely impressive 94 points from WIne Enthusiast.
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.