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This K&L exclusive is made of rare agaves that were roasted, mashed, fermented, and distilled together. Sierra Negra is an Agave Americana, akin to Arroqueño, but with a shorter lifespan (12-15 years) and thinner leaves which have a distinct black spine running up and down their edges. It grows wildly, but is also cultivated by a select few intrepid souls. Alberto Martinez, producer of this incredible mezcal is one of the few distillers left in Santa Catarina Alborradas. The altitude is about 6,500 feet above sea level at the distillery and Alberto's fie...
Price: $119.99

This espadin (A. Angustifolia) mezcal is the perfect place to start for anyone looking to explore the world of quality mezcal or for a relatively inexpensive option for your mezcal based cocktails. It's very approachable and laden with sweet agave fruit. The smoke component is decidedly there, but not very intense. A rich texture makes this a delightful sipper or stout component in a mezcal variant of the Last Word.
Price: $44.99

YOLA Mezcal has reached perfect balance between authenticity and aesthetics. Created in collaboration between Yola Jiminez (of La Clandestina Mezcaleria fame), Lykke Li (Swedish songwriting sensation), and Gina Correll Aglietti (chef and stylist), YOLA counters the patriarchal system which is so ubiquitous in the Oaxaca. YOLA is run by women and bottled by women. We've seen time and again that no palenque succeeds without the aid of a strong women, and YOLA provides a place where the women of Oaxaca can have steady work. In addition, they happen to be ma...
Price: $49.99

Rey Campero "Tio Ramiro" Cuishe K&L Exclusive Single Batch Mezcal (750ml)
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This extremely rare batch of Cuishe is why we make a point of travelling to visit producers. Originally not for sale, we were able to taste this extremely special batch while at the Rey Campero Palenque in Candelaria Yegole in February, 2020. This batch alone would have made the nearly 4 hour dirt road journey worth the trek. This was distilled by Romulo's father, 'Tio Ramiro' - who taught Romulo how to make mezcal. This superlative batch was destined for family gatherings and celebrations, just resting in a giant food grade tote off to the side of the t...
Price: $99.99


This wonderful Mexicano (Agave Rhodancantha) was distilled by a high quality palenque in Santiago Matatlan. El Samaritano is the personal brand of the distillers, the Blas Family. The family has been making mezcal for three generations and still makes uses traditional artesenal techniques. The patriarche, Ambrosio Martinez Blas, has been working in the palenque since he was a young boy and plans to leave the distillery to his son. They'd never used Mexicano before and this special batch yielded less than 700 bottles. It's won double gold at the San Franc...
Price: $64.99

The Ramos Family doesn't usually have much Arroqueno, but you can see a few massive plants as you walk you walk through their fields. The massive sword like leaves tower above all but the tallest Karwkinskii and their ashy color distinguishes them from other A. Americana in the field. The 2019 harvest only yielded about 100 liters and the family consumed or sold about half of it in the 4 months between when it was distilled and when we arrived. One taste and you'll know exactly why. This excellent example of the already well-liked varietal offers an incr...
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Before starting Lalocura in 2014, Eduardo Ángeles spent years working as the fourth generation master distiller of his family’s label Real Minero, where he combined a lifetime of working under his father, the late, great Don Lorenzo with a degree in agricultural engineering, and a philosophy that is all his own.
Price: $159.99

Lalocura's clay pot distilled mezcales have built a steady cult following of chefs, writers, and mezcal-heads, who turn up at the palenque each day hoping to spend a few hours listening to maestro mezcalero Eduardo "Lalo" Ángeles tell stories. Before starting Lalocura in 2014, Ángeles spent years working as the fourth generation master distiller of his family’s brand, where he worked under his father, the late, great Don Lorenzo.
Price: $179.99

From Mezcalreviews.com: "Mal Bien Espadin is produced by Don Juan Hernández Méndez in Santiago Matatlan, Oaxaca. He is a fifth generation mezcalero and he follows the traditions and processes that his family has been using for over one hundred years. This mezcal smells of roasted meat, ground corn, and pine tar. On the palate, there are notes of leather, caramelized banana, and barley."
Price: $34.99

In the early spring of 2019, the K&L buying team travelled to Oaxaca to search for incredible small batch examples from Mexico's very best producers. We visited the Ramos family rancho expecting great things. What we found were three exquisite micro batches offering unprecedented flavor and rarity. The creators of Mal Bien Mezcal are building incredible partnerships with their producers. They've become like family and after sitting with Emmanuel for lunch we ventured into the locked shed behind the house where the family stores their mezcal. This insane ...
Price: $99.99


From the producer: "Rezpiral is a spirits label, project and fair trade practice that brings beautiful selections of the highest quality traditional artisanal single-batch (non-certified) Mezcals into a handful of places in the USA. At the core of the project is the embrace of an ethos that aims to respect and support the multi-generational knowledge, independence, flavors, lands and ways of each mezcalero family with whom we work. The project upholds quality and value, working from batch to batch, bringing to market an eclectic selection of spirits, ea...
Price: $139.99

Los Vecinos Del Campo is the new mezcal project from Sazerac and Carmen Villareal of Casa San Matias. As with any upstart mezcal brand our first instinct is to tread with caution. There's alot of opportunity to get things wrong when bringing a new mezcal to market, but we're extremely happy to note that our friends from New Orleans avoided all of them. Instead, we get an incredible affordable authentic artesenal mezcal from the village of San Miguel Ejutla in Oaxaca's central valley. Carmen's connections to the area go way back and she was able to identi...
Price: $29.99

El Viejo is a special blend of Tobala and Espadin from Union Mezcal. The Union between the producers, farmers, and importers is what this brand is all about. The brand helps support a replanting project for wild agaves through a careful nursery program and replanting the young plants back into their natural wild habitat. The success rate for these agaves is many times higher than for cultivation attempts. It's these type of brands and projects that will help ensure we have Mezcal to enjoy for many years to come. Of the thousands of seeds they plant, only...
Price: $49.99

According to Mezcal reviews: "Rezpiral brings selections of high-quality traditional small-batch (non-certified) Mezcals into a handful of places in the USA. At the core of the project is the embrace of an ethos that aims to respect and support the multi-generational knowledge, independence, flavors, lands, and ways of each mezcalero family. Rezpiral’s small scale allows for the advocacy of diversity on different levels, from supporting the autonomy of producers & their continued production of artisanal mezcals to the preservation of local land control....
Price: $129.99

This 99-liter batch (119 bottles) was distilled from mature agave Espadin and wild-harvested Tobaziche (A. Karwinski). They were harvested around 5,200 feet above sea level in San Jose del Progreso, Oaxaca. Maestro mezcalero "Tio" Pedro Pascual Hernandez Arrellanes cooked hte Espadin and Tobaziche pinas in an undreground conical oven wiht huamuche firewood for five days. After the roast, Pero and his nephew allowed the cooked agave to cool for about a week ebfore hadn mashing it with wooden mallets. The natural fermentation in pine vats took roughly 10 d...
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Wine Enthusiast: "This clear and light-bodied mezcal has a faintly smoky aroma and a mildly peppery flavor. A potent, alcoholic finish fades into black pepper. (KN)" (12/2010) K&L Notes: This entry level bottling called "Vida" allows for all of the purity and beauty that one extracts from Del Maguey's hand-crafted distillations at a more affordable price. The "Vida" is still produced 100% according to the 400-year-old local tradition of small-batch distillation and using nothing but the agave heart and water in the mezcal. Del Maguey was named "Distill...
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[Cannot ship. Will call pick up only.] We've long sold the Danzantes mezcales at K&L (now known as "Los Nahuales" in the U.S. due to a trademark issue with the Danzantes name), but until today I never really understood where they stood in comparison to the other selections we carry. They're following the tequila model, which is the standard blanco, reposado, and añejo progression; choosing to market familiarity rather than specifics. The brand has actually enjoyed more success abroad with the Alipus portfolio, simply because of the wilder flavor profiles...
Price: $62.99


The "old way" of making mezcal is a loaded term, but in this case Los Nahuales is referring to a method of dilution using the tails of the first run (codas) with the heart of the second distillation. This practice was originally banned by the NORMA regulations governing the production and export of mezcal, but Nahuales has had the prohibition over turned. That means that all certified mezcal that's been diluted has used water to achieve a lower proof, instead of this old method. The tails from the first run are full of life and complexity. They add textu...
Price: $69.99

Price: $49.99

Produced by a co-op of mezcaleros in the village of San Miguel Ejutla, Oaxaca, Banhez comes from a sustainable, fair trade mezcal production, the same way it's been done by their ancestors for nearly two centuries. Comprised of 90% Espadin and 10% Barril, Banhez is a delightfully mild, floral and fruity (pineapple, banana) mezcal perfect for first-time mezcal tasters and wonderful for cocktail innovation.
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Wine Enthusiast: "An agricole rhum from Oaxaca, the region better known for mezcal, this is an exciting proposition. The liquid is clear in the glass, with a pungent, funky scent and bold notes of banana and cinnamon on the palate, finishing fiery, though with a pleasing, fleeting grassy exhale. (KN)" (06/2018) Wine & Spirits: "From the misty Mazateca mountains of Oaxaca comes a rum so beautifully expressive of sugar cane that it might just make people forget about agave. Paranubes is made in a high-altitude 'cloud forest' about six hours by car from O...
Price: $39.99

Lalocura's clay pot distilled mezcales have built a steady cult following of chefs, writers, and mezcal-heads, who turn up at the palenque each day hoping to spend a few hours listening to maestro mezcalero Eduardo "Lalo" Ángeles tell stories. Before starting Lalocura in 2014, Ángeles spent years working as the fourth generation master distiller of his family’s brand, where he worked under his father, the late, great Don Lorenzo.
Price: $139.99

The Hermanos Sanchez Altamirano are 4th generation Mezcaleros learned from their late father Faustino Sanchez. The distillery uses some unique techniques, specifically the use of Hebradora (wood chipper) and Tahona used in conjunction. Agave is roasted in 10 ton stone lined pits over oak for 3 days and rested another 5. Then it is fed in to a wood chipper. The agave fibers are then placed in the tahona pit and crushed by the horse drawn stone. This reduces the workload on the animal and extracts significantly more juice from the flavorful fibers. The jui...
Price: $99.99

Wine Enthusiast: "This single-village mezcal made from wild mountain maguey (agave) has a clean, peppery flavor and high, sweet fragrance with a peppery zing. (KN)" (12/2010) K&L Notes: Del Maguey was named "Distiller of the Year" at the 2011 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Tobalá is a special variety of wild mountain maguey (agave) that is smaller in size with larger leaves than the more widely cultivated espadin (sword) or azul (blue) agave varieties. According to local legend, tobalá is the original maguey, cultivated by the Ancestors to ma...
Price: $119.99

Rey Campero is another stellar discovery in the realm of artisanal mezcal. With a focus on six different strains of native, wild-grown agave. Using double distillation in a copper alembic still, and either earthen or buried ovens for roasting the piñas, master mezcalillero Rómulo Sánchez Parada is producing some of the most inspired, hand-crafted mezcals we've seen in quite some time.
Price: $89.99

This producer and his sons make a very special mezcal called Pechuga that is many a bartender's darling due to its distinctively smoky-spicy aromas and flavors. Spirits critics have described it as "ouzo-like" for its intense petrol and anise-driven profile. It is triple-distilled and limited in production due to the special seasonal ingredients it requires—wild mountain apples and plums—which are part of a special combination of fruits and rice added to the distillate for the third distillation, which takes place over the period of 24 hours and requires...
Price: $179.99

The excellent Alto for Isidro Rodriguez Montoya is distilled in one of the best villages for Mezcal production in Michoacan, Rio de Parras. This tiny town devoted primarily to the production of A. Inaequidens, locally called Alto, has some of the best mezcal in Mexico, but few know its importance. The region has a diverse mezcal producing history, but Isidro Rodriguez learned the trade late in life, at the age of 19. He began distilling to his own tastes and developed a much cleaner and more chiseled style than many of his neighbors. He achieves this thr...
Price: $69.99

*96 points, Ultimate Spirits Challenge Top 100 of 2020* Mezcal Vago is the business creation of Judah Kuper in conjunction with his in-laws in Oaxaca - a family of distillers that have been making mezcal for generations. Vago marks the first time their products have been available commercially, having previously been consumed solely by friends and family. The Elote is the classic Espadin expression from Judah's father-in-law Aquilino García López macerated with toasted Mexican corn. Like other producers use Pechuga (chicken breast) to add flavor, the toa...
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The famous Oaxacan Mezcaleria In Situ has one of the best selections of rare mezcal in the world. Curated Ulises Torrentera, his vision for the future of mezcal is unique. He's cultivated access to some of the finest and most unique expressions in Oaxaca and now offers them to the American market under the Farolito brand. This unusual mezcal is distilled at the Farolito facility on clay pots by Alberto Montes from plants harvested in Nochixtlan. The Agave in questions is known locally as "Horno" it would likely be called Arroqueno elsewhere in Oaxaca. Us...
Price: $139.99

Another addition to K&L's ever-expanding selection of exclusive tequilas and mezcals, this micro-production, artisanal offering comes from one of the hidden gems of from our searches in the far reaches of mezcal country in Mexico. From the producer: "Rezpiral is a spirits label, project and fair trade practice that brings beautiful selections of the highest quality traditional artisanal single-batch (non-certified) Mezcals into a handful of places in the USA. At the core of the project is the embrace of an ethos that aims to respect and support the mult...
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This match of Madrecuixe is distilled entirely from plants harvest in the chalky fields next to the Cortes family home. While biologically similar to other agave Karwinskii this cultivated version is disctinct in flavor compared to others like Bicuixe or Barril. This batch was roasted in the underground ovens at the Cortes distillery for 8-10 days over encino, yegareche, mesquite and palo de aguila wood. Rested for another 5-7 days after cooking before 8 days of natural fermentation in sabino wood. Distilled on two small pot stills withe the refrescadera...
Price: $84.99

NETA works closely with several small, family producers and a cooperative of twelve palenqueros from the southern valleys and hills of Miahuatlán, Oaxaca. Situated at the southern tip of the Central Valleys and the foot of the Sierra Madre del Sur mountains, the area is renowned for the strong character of its people, its diverse landscapes, and the rich agricultural and culinary traditions that have been maintained throughout generations.
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La Neta is legit. Literally, it is Mexican slang for "off the hook" or "absolutely great." And this mezcal is aptly named. One of the foremost brands in trying to cultivate strong relationships with their producers, protecting the heritage and culture of the mezcaleros in Oaxaca, and making sure that the people making these incredible products actually get paid! This bottling is made by a small group of mezcaleros known as Grupo Logoche - a co-op made up of 11 men and one woman who have all been making Mezcal their whole lives in Lachiguizo, Miahuatlan. ...
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From Mezcal Reviews: "Legendario Domingo is made with agave Espadin. It has mature citrus aromas that mix nicely with the presence of sweet cooked agave. Those aromas are met with a fruity flavor derived from the tropical fruits of the region, which slowly soak into the agave as they age 8-10 years before maturity."
Price: $39.99

NETA works closely with several small, family producers and a cooperative of twelve palenqueros from the southern valleys and hills of Miahuatlán, Oaxaca. Situated at the southern tip of the Central Valleys and the foot of the Sierra Madre del Sur mountains, the area is renowned for the strong character of its people, its diverse landscapes, and the rich agricultural and culinary traditions that have been maintained throughout generations.
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The powerfully flavored Mexicano Verde (A. Rhodacantha) is named because of the vibrant green coloring of its broad pencas. But the name also perfectly embodies the flavors we get when this rare varietal is distilled: earthy, mineral, vegetal, funky. This batch was roasted in the underground ovens at the Cortes distillery for 8-10 days over encino, yegareche, mesquite and palo de aguila wood. Rested for another 5-7 days after cooking before 8 days of natural fermentation in sabino wood. Distilled on two small pot stills withe the refrescadera and adjuste...
Price: $79.99

The massive Arroqueño, a subspecies of the Agave americana, typically takes around twenty years to mature. Grown wild, the varietal was nearly extinct just a few decades ago, but has recovered in recent years, its population regrowing especially in southern Oaxaca districts like Miahuatlán through the efforts of mezcaleros and conservation activists in the region. Coveted for its high concentration of sugars over decades of growth, the mezcal tends to offer a fruity and fragrant approach, balanced with high proof and a rich body. A rare gem to experience...
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Region: Mazatlán, Guerrero Producer Family: Obregón (Rodolfo Obregón master distiller) ABV: 47% Agave: Cupreata Maguey: Papalote Origin: semi - wild Age: 8 to 10 years Cooking: undergrund in conical oven Wood used: encino (oak), guamuchil and tepehuaje Milling: mechanical mill Fermentation: 100% natural with indigenous yeast in wooden vats with spring water Distillation: double in arabic alembic (500L)
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The most traditional method for production in the Miahuatlan area (and all over Oaxaca) is simply to take the agave that's most mature out of the fields and roast them together for an ensamble or "mezcla". This practice of course diminishes the indivdual characteristics of the various plants, but also creates new and unique flavors from the combinations in roasting and fermentation that would never exist when individual plants are processed alone. Victor and his son Emmanuel are 3rd and 4th generations distillers and make use tof the abundance of agave k...
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NETA Espadín was distilled by Mezcalero Candido García Cruz in March 2015. Candido works with quiotudo agaves, meaning he cuts each plant’s quiote before it has a chance to flower.
Price: $89.99

New mezcals de un pueblo from Craft Distillers! The Alipus line is a fabulous selection of quality selections at reasonable prices. The San Baltazar Guelavila village mezcal is fermented in pine vats and distilled by Don Cosme Hernandez from agave Espadin grown at 5,700 feet in white, rocky soil. More delicate in mouthfeel than the other two, the palate is still quite expressive with sweet fruits and white pepper notes intertwining with the smoky tang. Earthy notes on the finish. Delicious.
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From Mezcalreviews.com: "Mal Bien Espadin is produced by Don Juan Hernández Méndez in Santiago Matatlan, Oaxaca. He is a fifth generation mezcalero and he follows the traditions and processes that his family has been using for over one hundred years. This mezcal smells of roasted meat, ground corn, and pine tar. On the palate, there are notes of leather, caramelized banana, and barley."
Price: $16.99

So what is the Alipús label and what does it represent in the world of mezcal? Alipús is a series made from contracted mezcales, purchased and marketed by the Danzantes group in Oaxaca, and imported into California by Craft Distillers. Each label corresponds to a specific village where the producer is located. All of them are made entirely from Espadin agave (with the exception of the San Andres that has a smidge of something else thrown in during fermentation). The point is to show the geographical differences that terroir, fermentation, and water ultim...
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Jake Lustig, the man behind ArteNOM tequila and the fabulous K&L Fuenteseca selection, has Mina Real made at his 300-year-old distillery in Santa Catarina Minas. They use 100% Espadin agave that is grown at 4,800 feet. The blanco is super clean and not heavy on the smoke. A great bargain for mixing and sipping alike.
Price: $34.99

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