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Ilegal Mezcal Reposado

Ilegal Mezcal Reposado

'Restrained, mellow, balanced, elegant.' 
Kara Newman, Wine Enthusiast Magazine

$125.00 Per Bottle

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$125.00 (Buy 1 or More)

40.0%
Oaxaca
N/A
750ml
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BOTTLE(S)
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$125.00
40.0%
Oaxaca
N/A
750ml
THE BRIEF
  • THE BRIEF
  • THE FINER DETAILS
  • EXPERT REVIEWS
  • Sometime around 2004, the founder of Ilegal Mezcal, John Rexer, was bringing unbranded (and illegal) Mezcal from Oaxaca to supply his bar in Guatemala. It was of such good quality that it soon gained in popularity, and in 2006 he created the Ilegal brand. From his slightly nefarious beginnings as a smuggler, John Rexer has grown the brand into a global (and far more legal) celebration of this often overlooked Mexican distillate. He still also runs the bar in Guatemala.

    The Reposado has had four months 'resting' in American oak, bringing more caramel and spice notes to the Mezcal. This is definitely a premium sipper, finishing with a sweet smokiness.

  • 100% Espadin agave. Roasted in traditional earthen pits for 5-7 days. Milled by hand (and horse) in a tahona (stone hand-mill). Fermentation for 7-10 days before distillation. Aged for four months in medium-char American oak barrels.

    WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT?


    Caramelized pear and bitter orange on the nose. Clove, butterscotch, and hints of vanilla on the palate. Velvety throughout. An exceptional drinking mezcal.

  • 90 POINTS

    AMANDA SCHUSTER - DISTILLER.COM


    For Ilegal Reposado Mezcal, the short time in oak adds a comforting touch of toastiness to this earthy and vegetal style of mezcal. The more rustic pepper flavors give way here to softer fruits like pear and yellow peach with a slightly caramelized characteristic. The smoke is also sweeter, like pipe tobacco and meaty barbecue. It maintains a slight sting of heat as it goes down.'

    88 POINTS

    WINE ENTHUSIAST


    Restrained, mellow, balanced, elegant - not something usually expected from the mezcal category. The aged mezcal has a light gold color and soft aromas-a whisper of pepper, a hint of smokiness, later opening to a big caramel scent. Peppery flavors and some agave sweetness finish with a sharp bite, which might mellow over ice.'