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Ilegal Mezcal has an extraordinary origin story. John Rexer, the company’s owner, would smuggle bottles of Mezcal from Oaxaca to Guatemala to stock his bar Café No Sé. The drink quickly gained popularity and Rexer was able to find a permanent supply chain, albeit an illegal supply chain. From this, Ilegal Mezcal was born. It has since thrived and become somewhat of an artisanal legend. The brand prides itself on not embracing the industrial revolution of drinks production, and rather focuses on the fact that it's handcrafted and authentic.
Ilegal Mezcal Joven begins with roasting the piñas in underground ovens in small batches. After chopping them and crushing them with a stone mille – tahona – drawn by a horse, the mash is fermented by airborne yeast. This means no extra yeast is added. Ilegal Mezcal Joven is double distilled in 250-liter copper stills and not aged. A handcrafted artisanal Mezcal with a great smoking bod that brings an intriguing balance of green apple, fresh citrus, and red chiltepe. It's drams like this that make us die-hard Mezcal fans.
Appearance / Color
Nose / Aroma / Smell
Eucalyptus and mineral aromas
Flavor / Taste / Palate
Complex and balanced with green apple, fresh citrus, and red chiltepe.
Long, slightly smoky, and sweet
The Flavor Spiral™ shows the most common flavors that you'll taste in Ilegal Mezcal Joven and gives you a chance to have a taste of it before actually tasting it.
We invented Flavor Spiral™ here at Flaviar to get all your senses involved in tasting drinks and, frankly, because we think that classic tasting notes are boring.