Described on Metl’s website as “smooth and fruity,” this mezcal is made with 100 percent espadín agave.
Ilegal bakes its agave piñas in traditional ovens and crushes them with a millstone before hand-bottling and numbering its mezcales. The label is owned by American John Rexer, who also operates a mezcal bar in Antigua, Guatemala. The mezcal is made in Tlacolula, Oaxaca.
Del Maguey Chichicapa
First introduced in 1995, this mezcal is made in Chichicapa, a Oaxacan village at about 7,000 feet elevation. Del Maguey mezcals have won numerous international awards.
Pierde Almas Tobalá
Made in Oaxaca, Pierde Almas makes small-batch mezcales using both wild and cultivated agave. Tobalá is a wild varietal and particularly sought-after among mezcal fans.
With 45 percent alcohol by volume, Sombra describes its mezcal as spicy and fruity, with a “smokey nose.” The mezcal is made from organically farmed agave in the village of San Luis del Rio, Oaxaca. Courtesy of Mezcal.com
Many small-batch, artisanal mezcales are not available in the United States. Here are five high-quality brands that are.