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Ilegal Añejo Mezcal

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  • 2010
  • 2013

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Ilegal Mezcals--note the unusual spelling to English eyes and the pronunciation of "ee-LAY-gal"--is a line of mezcals that have a history of being smuggled into owner John Rexer's bar in Guatemala, hence the somewhat mocking title of the spirit. Interestingly, it is technically illegal in the United States to have the product named "illegal" or (apparently) "ilegal," so the careful consumer will note that it is "produced for Ilegal Mezcal" and there is no actual name for the product. The mezcals are based upon Espadin Agave and crafted in small batches with traditional pot stills.

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Quetzal Quetzal (147)
Rating: 4.0 (2014-05-14)
(4 out of 5). Definitely the best offering from Ilegal, where flavors of agave and grilled pineapple are perfectly balanced with plant smoke. However, there is a large problem here- this is bottled at just 40%, where mezcal should be at least 45%. And considering this costs over $100, this is truly a problem. Imagine paying over $100 for a single malt scotch bottled at 40%! I'm sure this would get at least 4.5 if it was bottled at 45-48%.
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