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Ilegal started its adventure in 2004 when founder and bar owner John Rexer began smuggling mezcal from Mexico to Guatemala. The contraband in question came from villages in Oaxaca and patrons of Rexer’s candlelit dive-bar were utterly enamoured by its character. Word soon spread of a notorious spirit, found only in the first mezcal bar outside of Mexico, leading to the creation of – the now legitimate – Illegal mezcal in 2009. As a nod to this small-batch mezcal’s origins, the back of each bottle coolly reads ‘originally produced for: Café No Sé, Mezcal Bar.’

Ilegal Joven Mezcal

70cl / 40%

Out Of Stock

Ilegal’s unaged mezcal is a wonderfully full-bodied and smoky expression of the base ingredient – agave Espadin. This mezcal was made by fourth-generation mezcaleros using perfectly ripe agaves, roasted for up to seven days and milled using a horse drawn tahona. The joven is a well-crafted spirit that is superb on its own, over ice or in your next Margarita.

Style

  • 2
    Body
  • 4
    Richness
  • 3
    Smoke
  • 4
    Sweetness

Character

  • AppleApple
  • ChilliChilli
  • White PepperWhite Pepper
  • OlivesOlives

Ilegal Reposado Mezcal

70cl / 40%

Out Of Stock

Each batch of Ilegal Reposado is aged for 6 months, using a combination of medium-charred new and used American oak casks. The resulting mezcal has a rich, velvety texture that makes for a wonderful experience whether you enjoy it neat or as a replacement for bourbon in your favourite cocktails.

Style

  • 3
    Body
  • 3
    Richness
  • 3
    Smoke
  • 3
    Sweetness

Character

  • Orange Orange
  • CaramelCaramel
  • Pear Pear
  • SmokeSmoke

Ilegal Anejo Mezcal

70cl / 40%

Out Of Stock

Ilegal Anejo is aged in American oak barrels for around 13 months, or until it takes on the intensely rich character for which it’s known. This mature mezcal is a fine example of poise and complexity, it balances sweet and spicy flavours from the oak, whilst maintaining the essence of the agave Espadin’s character.

Style

  • 4
    Body
  • 3
    Richness
  • 2
    Smoke
  • 4
    Sweetness

Character

  • Maple syrupMaple syrup
  • AgaveAgave
  • Orange Orange
  • Dark ChocolateDark Chocolate

Simple Cocktail Ideas

Ilegal’s core range are stunning reflections of mezcal at different stages in production, and are fantastic to taste on their own or mixed in a raft of cocktails. If you’re in need of some creative ideas to further enjoy Mexico’s national spirits, you can click here for some delicious simple serves – no fancy equipment necessary.