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Ilegal Joven

70cl - 40% ABV

Ilegal Joven is produced in the Oaxaca region of Mexico from 100% Espadin Agave and using artisanal methods. With sustainability at its core and a focus on fair trade and authenticity, Ilegal marries this attitude with a traditional, meticulous approach to production. The agaves are cooked in an earthen pit lined with river stones and then crushed with a tahona wheel and naturally fermented. This process helps to ensure a perfect balance between the sweet agave flavours from the cooked agave piñas and the smoke from the fire. Ilegal Joven is ideal for sipping neat or for cocktails such as a Smoky Margarita or Mezcal Negroni.

Tasting Notes


A carefully composed blend of sweet and smoky notes - green peppers, sooty smoke and freshly baked agave.


Drier than expected from the nose, with gravelly minerality and coal smoke initially. As the smoke fades, fruity sweetness comes through - more agave and green apple, along with peppery spice, mint and eucalyptus.


Long and smoky, with sweet fruit slowly fading.


Even without ageing, Ilegal’s spirit is punchy and complex. More fruit focused than their aged mezcal, this a pure expression of traditionally cooked and distilled agave.


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