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Mezcal

If you like Tequila, you’ll love Mezcal, if you love tequila, you’ll adore Mezcal!

Mezcal (/mɛˈskæl/, Spanish: [mesˈkal] is a distilled alcoholic beverage made from any type of agave, and is the national spirit of Mexico. The word mezcal comes from Nahuatl mexcalli [meʃˈkalːi], which means “oven-cooked agave”, from metl [met͡ɬ] and ixcalli [iʃˈkalːi].

Agaves or magueys are found mainly in many parts of Mexico and south to the equator, though most mezcal is made in Oaxaca. It can also be made in Durango, Guanajuato, Guerrero, San Luis Potosí, Tamaulipas, Zacatecas, Michoacan, and the recently approved Puebla. A saying attributed to Oaxaca regarding the drink is: “Para todo mal, mezcal, y para todo bien, también.” (“For everything bad, mezcal, and for everything good, as well.”).

Whether distilled drinks were produced in Mexico before the Spanish Conquest is unknown. The Spaniards were introduced to native fermented drinks such as pulque, made from the maguey plant. Soon, the conquistadors began experimenting with the agave plant to find a way to make a distillable fermented mash. The result was mezcal.

Today, mezcal is still made from the heart of the agave plant, called the piña, in much the same way as it was 200 years ago. In Mexico, mezcal is generally consumed straight and has a strong smoky flavor. Though other types of mezcal are not as popular as tequila (made specifically from the blue agave in select regions of the country), Mexico does export the product, mostly to Japan and the United States, and exports are growing.

Despite the similar name, mezcal does not contain mescaline or other psychedelic substances.

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  • Bui Mezcal

    Bui Mezcal

    BUI means life ”in Otomí, a native language of one of the most important civilisations in Mexico. It has a smoky flavor which is obtained from the wooden ovens that are used to preserve the ancestral essence of Mezcal, but it has a soft touch and a refined body for anyone to delight. It is made in an artisanal way, seeking the original flavor of Mezcal. The design is inspired by the Otomís people and beliefs, which are related to nature and mutual respect.

     

    Agave 100% Espadín

    Colour: Silver

    Body: Heavy

    Main aroma: Fruity

    Secondary flavour: Smoked

    Taste: Fruity

     

    With this mezcal, we would recommend using Peter Spanton Salted Paloma Grapefruit Soda

    39.00
  • Machetazo Papalote

    Machetazo Papalote

    Tasting notes:

    Aroma: The first impression is dominated by a subtle damp earth and river rocks aroma. We can also find sweet aromas of freshly cut leaves, ending with a discreet but strong finish with a touch of cooked agave.

    Colour: Crystal-clear, with silvery sparkles, without sediments.

    Taste: A deliberate balance in the alcohol level is sensed on the mouth, intentionally and successfully driven. Machetazo is lingering and silky; the Agave’s herbal and citric flavours stand out, while the aftertaste presents the river rock as the hint that creates a long and smooth finish.

     

    With this mezcal, we would recommend using Peter Spanton Salted Paloma Grapefruit Soda

    43.00
  • Vago Espadin Jarquin

    Vago Espadin Jarquin

    If you want to try a premium Mezcal base Negroni, this is the one to use, mixing it with Campari (or a white bitter such as Suxo) and depending on whether you want a dry Negroni or a sweet one, Nordesia Branco or Nordesia Roxo.

     

    Aquilino Garcia Lopez has made the Vago Espadin for many years, but as of late 2016, Vago began releasing small batches of Espadin from another mezcalero named Don Joel Barriga Aragon. Joel is Aquilino’s cousin and his family has also been making mezcal for many generations. Aquilino worked with Joel for several months to ensure that Joel’s mezcal Espadin would be similar to his own. Vago is bringing in Don Joel (and his son, Adan) so that Aquilino can focus more on Vago Elote and other more rare small batch mezcals. Emigdio Jarquin also produces Espadin for Vago. Check your bottle for details on which mezcalero made yours.

    65.00
  • Vago Elote Aquilino

    Vago Elote Aquilino

    Vago Mezcals are generally a reason to rejoice and this is no exception.

     

    Vago Elote has a nose full of smoky toasted corn and dry river stones. The body is sweet with wood tones and layers of honeycomb, green tropical fruit, and smoke. It has a prolonged finish loaded with mint and papaya.  This is a triple distilled Mezcal. Between the second and third distillations,  Aquilino Garcia Lopez adds roasted corn from his farm. The roasted corn taste shines through to the finish. This Mezcal still has hints of the Vago Espadin’s tough exterior, but its revealing with a softer aftertaste that smooths the edges off the Espadin.

    70.00
  • Vago Cuixe Aquilino

    Vago Cuixe Aquilino

    Mezcal Vago Cuixe has a roasted banana and acetone aroma. It has a mineral and pine needle body with a dry smoky finish.  The agave cuishe is a thin varietal that has very slender pinas and floral aroma that shines in the Mezcal.

     

    Vago Mezcals are generally a reason to rejoice and this is no exception.

    80.00
  • Vago Ensamble Barro Tio Rey

    Vago Ensamble Barro Tio Rey

    Vago Mezcals are generally a reason to rejoice and this is no exception.

     

    Vago Ensamble de Barro is from Sola de Vega and has a soft bouquet of pine needles and fertile earth. Its full body has an essence of charred cinnamon and finishes with notes of pumpkin and chestnuts.  Each release of this bottle has drastic differences in the percentages of each type of agave that is used.  A Vago Ensamble de Barro from 2015 could be significantly different than one from 2016.

    80.00
  • Vago Ensamble Jarquin

    Vago Ensamble Jarquin

    Vago Mezcals are generally a reason to rejoice and this is no exception.

     

    The Vago Ensamble with a blue label comes from Emigdio Jarquín Ramírez in Miahuatlan, Oaxaca. While Vago has produced Ensamble en Barro from Tio Rey for many years, and a few ensambles from Aquilino have been released over the years, Emigdio’s ensambles began hitting the market in 2018. They are a blend of everything you’d love about any Emigdio single-varietal release, and they give him an opportunity to showcase some different distillations.

    80.00
  • Vago Tobala Jarquin

    Vago Tobala Jarquin

    Vago Mezcals are generally a reason to rejoice and this is no exception.

     

    Vago Tobalá has a mild pine nose. Its earthy, complex flavor is full bodied and has subtle hints of cloves and nutmeg. Like other Vago mezcal, the specifics of each bottle may depend on the batch.

    95.00