Ilegal is a perfect balance of espadín agave flavors and light smoke. We believe that mezcal is about the agave first, with smoke being a subtle accent. The result is a mezcal that is true to tradition and beyond compare.
For nearly a decade, a small group of artists, musicians, writers and travelers has been drinking Ilegal Mezcal, a handcrafted brand of Mexican artisanal liquor with a notorious history that includes smuggling and weeklong parties in a clandestine bar in Guatemala.
Ilegal was born out of John Rexer's bar, Café No Sé, an eclectic international watering hole in colonial Antigua, Guatemala. "Ilegal has texture and is not diluted and polluted by an industrial process," says Rexer. "It's like old hand-tooled leather versus cheap pleather. It's seductive. People from all walks of life understand the difference. It's a way of thinking and wanting to live as much as it is fine liquor."
REFINED, ARTISANAL PRODUCTION
The non-profit Mezcal Regulatory Council (COMERCAM) uses the NOM certification to certify the artisanal production of all authentic mezcals. Ilegal Mezcal is proud to be NOM 001X – the first to carry this mark. We use only ripe espadín agave, double distilled by hand by a fourth-generation mezcalero in the Tlacolula Valley of Oaxaca, Mexico.
PURE AND NATURAL
Ilegal Mezcal is produced in small lots, with each bottle hand corked, labeled, and numbered. There are no additives, no artificial yeast, and no artificial coloring. We are advocates of biodiversity and environmental protection in the Oaxacan region.