Ilegal Mezcal Reposado

Ilegal Mezcal Reposado

  • Reposado Mezcal
  • Mexico, 700ml

An exceptional drinking mezcal. Velvety throughout. On the nose, slightly woody, caramel-like aromas. Baked agave, cassia bark and chilli. On the palate butterscotch and caramel. Soft wood smoke, cedar, pipe tobacco and agave. Dried herbs. Oaky, woody finish. Cocoa powder and orange rinds.

  • Distillery: Mezcal Ilegal - Destileria Tlacolula
  • Type: Reposado Mezcal
  • Region: Oaxaca, Mexico
  • Alcohol: 40%
  • Volume: 700ml
  • Other: 100% Espadín Agave
  • Goes with: Neat or over ice, premium soda

Ilegal mezcal starts with 100% Espadín Agave grown in the fields of Tlacolula, Mexico and harvested at nearly 10 years of age. Their piñas are roasted for 5-7 days in an earthen pit lined with river stones then the cooked agaves are crushed using a horse-drawn tahona. After natural fermentation, it is distilled once in stainless-steel alembic stills and then again in copper alembic. The Ilegal Mezcal Reposado is aged 4 months in new and used American oak, medium char barrels.


"Around 2004, Ilegal’s founder John Rexer began bringing mezcal down from Oaxaca to Antigua to supply his bar, Café No Sé. The mezcal became popular very quickly. At the time, he was bringing down unbranded mezcal from a variety of villages in Oaxaca that included: Tlacolula, San Lorenzo, Sola De Vega, Santa Catarina Minas, Hierve el Agua, Santiago Matatlan and a few others.

In 2006, John created the brand Ilegal, originally just to supply his bar in Guatemala. On the back of each bottle of Ilegal you will find it says “Originally produced for: Café No Sé, Mezcal Bar.”


Certified as Artisanal by the CRM, made in Oaxaca, agave forward, with a hint of smoke. Approachable and versatile. Rough-luxe. Can be served neat or in cocktails. We only use espadin agave because it is cultivated and sustainable.

  • Simple Portfolio: Joven, Reposado & Añejo
  • One of the few brands that has aged mezcals
  • We pride ourselves on our aged mezcals as well as our Joven


Ilegal is the leading artisanal mezcal in the U.S. It is from Oaxaca, Mexico and made with sustainable espadin agave. It is smooth and approachable, and perfect for drinking neat or in cocktails. It’s an ultra-premium spirit. The flavour profile is a mouthful of sweet agave with a hint of smoke. It comes in Joven, Reposado, and Añejo. It’s called Ilegal because the owner used to smuggle it out of Mexico to Guatemala when he first started the brand. There are some pretty crazy stories."

Mezcal Ilegal

  • Gold - 2010 Awards



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