If you know Mezcal, then you'll know that the Mexican spirit is largely overlooked and underrated in the UK. While many confuse Mzcal with Tequilla, has way more depth and culture behind it's production.
Mezcal is a distilled spirit made from the heart of the agave plant, known as the piña. It is then roasted in earthen pits to give the agave imparts a unique smoky flavour. Unlike Tequila, Mezcal is made from various agave species and practices which gives each brand a unique, complex and delicate flavour; the spirit is very smooth and gives you a glow, not dissimilar to cane sugar alcohol.
Mezcal can be traced back to the pre-Columbian era, where it held religious significance and was produced for ceremonial purposes. The recipes for the spirit have been passed down through generations, often guarded with the lives of the owners. It has survived colonization and prohibition to emerge as a global phenomenon that resonates with the soul of Mexico.
The best Mezcal is produced by the most experienced mezcaleros' who guide the artisanal production process, preserving traditional techniques while embracing modern innovations - such as unique flavour profiles. The balance between agave selection, roasting, fermentation, and distillation results in a harmonious symphony of flavours, showcasing the agave's essence and terroir.
There are so many great examples of Mezcal, but here are the ones that we think are the best you can buy in the UK.
Best Mezcals In the UK - Updated in 2023
- Casamigos (George Clooney's Mezcal)
- Quiquiriqui Mezcal Espadin
- De Maguey
Casamigos Mezcal is a spectacular artisanal creation crafted from 100% Espadín agaves flourishing in the picturesque landscapes of Oaxaca, Mexico. This particular Mezcal has investors including George Clooney, Rande Gerber, and Mike Meldman; does it mean that it is the best Mezcal you'll find in the UK? Maybe.
The Joven expression of Casamigos Mezcal enchants with its harmonious complexity, leaving a trail of delicate smoke notes that glide into a velvety, lingering finish. With hints of tamarind, pomegranate, banana, and mango, complemented by aromatic herbal accents of mint, oregano, and thyme.
A true testament to artisanal craftsmanship, Casamigos Mezcal showcases a unique smoothness that captivates with every indulgent sip, inviting you to relish its perfection. Named after the creators' homes in Mexico, Casamigos embodies the spirit of camaraderie and friendship, making it the ideal companion for shared moments with loved ones.
Savour this mezcal at its finest, sipped slowly from traditional clay shot bowls called copitas, allowing its essence to unfold at room temperature. Versatile and alluring, Casamigos Mezcal can be enjoyed neat, on the rocks with a refreshing slice of orange, or as a captivating base for inventive cocktails.
This is one of the best mezcals you'll find across the UK, and it is available in Waitrose or on Amazon.co.uk
Quiquiriqui Mezcal Espadin
The name "Qui-Qui-Ri-Qui" echoes the spirited rooster's call, hinting at the lively character of the spirit in each bottle. The QuiQuiRiQui Espadin is a classic "house style" mezcal which has been meticulously curated by the esteemed Mendez family.
What sets QuiQuiRiQui apart is its unwavering commitment to quality while maintaining affordability. No compromises on ingredients or traditional production values. It's a mezcal for the discerning, offering an enticing foundation for crafting spectacular cocktails or indulging in moments of straight sipping.
On the nose, you should expect sweet agave, luxurious leather, vanilla warmth, peppery allure, and wisps of smoky. Upon the first sip, there is a light vegetal and earthy flavour palette, entwined with woody nuances and subtle hints of black pepper.
The grand finale is a testament to QuiQuiRiQui's artistry—slightly sweet, laced with spices, and the alluring embrace of dark chocolate. Bottled at 45% ABV in a generous 70cl size, this mezcal unveils the soul of Mexico, capturing the essence of its ancestral heritage.
For those seeking a genuine experience that pays homage to centuries of tradition, QuiQuiRiQui is certainly one of the best Mezcals you'll find in the UK.
It is available on plenty of online shops but you can purcahse it on Amazon.co.uk
Pensador is a remarkable artisanal 100% Espadín Mezcal sourced from the scenic region of Miahuatlán, in the heart of Southern Oaxaca, Mexico. This exquisite spirit is the perfect blend of tradition and innovation, promising a fantastic mezcal.
Hand-crafted with unwavering passion and dedication, Pensador is a testament to its artisanal roots. Made solely from local, organic agave, this mezcal embraces sustainability by eschewing chemicals, foreign yeasts, and electrical equipment throughout its production process.
Small batch production further enhances its quality, as the skilled mezcaleros produce create tiny batches using low heat and prolonged fermentation. The result is a mezcal of exceptional purity, elevating the tasting notes to new heights.
This mezcal is delicious- with notes of roasted apricot, velvety cacao, and a subtle hint of smoke. With a spirited 48% ABV, Pensador provides a warming and potent glow.
Beyond its exceptional taste, Pensador has a commitment to their local community. With each bottle sold, 10% of the proceeds are donated to community projects, supporting those residing in deprived rural areas in Mexico.
For those seeking an extraordinary mezcal journey that celebrates heritage, craftsmanship, and giving back. You can learn more about the Mezcal here via their profile on Amazon.co.uk.
Dangerous Don - Coffee
A spirit that lives up to its name with a dangerous 48% ABV, beckoning adventurous souls.
Infused with a dash of coffee, Dangerous Don delivers an unusual twist. A nose with subtle hints of chocolate and a palate with a strong black coffee.
Flavoured mezcals are a rarity, yet Mexican regulations allow for the addition of herbs, spices, and other ingredients during distillation, resulting in a harmonious and unique creation.
The Mazcal is produced with espadin agave which is distilled twice, followed by an infusion of organic NaomQuie Coffee beans grown on the Oaxaca coast. There is a bonfire smoke, luscious vanilla, indulgent chocolate, and zesty citrus notes, within the rich velvety coffee and bitter chocolate.
For those seeking a mezcal that dares to be different, Dangerous Don beckons, promising a thrilling and exploration of bold flavour.
Del Maguey unveils a captivating array of Single Village® Mezcal, an ode to the pristine landscapes and time-honoured traditions of Oaxaca, Mexico.
One gem in this collection is Chichicapa, born in a village nestled at an impressive 5052 ft. (1540 meters) elevation, surrounded by a desert and tropical micro-climates - a very dramatic landscape.
The Mezcal has a medium nose and intricate flavor profile, Chichicapa boasts refreshing citrus notes and a seamlessly smooth finish, complemented by subtle hints of mint. The mint is one of the best Mezcals we tried.
Del Maguey's dedication to preserving heritage is evident in their meticulous crafting of each mezcal. Each is twice distilled and unblended from 100% mature agave Espadin, the process mirrors the original, centuries-old techniques, exuding authenticity at every sip.
The Del Maguey is not the cheapest of Mezcals, but the best price we've found foor the mint is on Amazon.co.uk.
Obviously, the best mezcal is down to personal preference, but these are a cut above the rest of the crowd. The best, of the best, is usually imported from Mexico so the price may be a little eye-watering, but it is worth buying the best mezcal, rather than compromising on mass-produced tequila copies.
If you agree with us or wish to make a suggestion for another Mezcal to include on our list, then add it to the comment section below.