It was in 2004 that Ilegal Mezcalâ€™s founder John Rexer began bringing unbranded mezcal from a variety of villages in Oaxaca to Antigua to supply his bar, CafÃ© No SÃ©. It turns out they were pretty popular, so in 2006 Rexer created Ilegal Mezcal purely just to supply his bar with, nobody else. The name came about partly because Rexer had to smuggle the mezcal (illegally) across the Mexican border, but also because many people who work in Oaxaca have relatives living illegally in the US because there was no work in Oaxaca, and many people who Rexer works with have previously been â€˜illegalsâ€™ in the US.
Ilegal are commited to sustainability and biodiversity in the Oaxaca region. 100% natural, Ilegal uses no artificial colours, yeasts, flavours, or additives. Just agave, sun, and time. The agaveâ€™s are roasted for 5-7 days in earth lined pits and are then crushed using a horse drawn Tahona stone mill.
The Joven (young) is bottled unaged.
Nose: Fresh flowers and pipe tobacco, peppermint and smoky agave plants. Herbal.
Palate: Sweet caramel notes with hints of Corinth raisins, dried herbs and black pepper.
Finish: Floral, faintly smoky finish.