An excellent, entry-level mezcal that showcases all the things we love about the agave spirit without breaking the bank.
A UK-based company that works with select families in Mexico, this was crafted by Carlos Mendez Blass in Santiago Matalan. Made from 100% espadin agave, it was fermented in open wood vats utilising wild yeast and double distilled through a copper pot still.
Bottled at 45%, the pleasing ABV helps hold all of the classic mezcal flavours together – the earthy smoke, the roasted nuttiness, citrus peel and pepper.
Quiquiriqui (pronnounced keekee-ree-kee) was founded by Melanie Symonds after a trip to Mexico in 2011. A veteran of the London hospo scene, she's since launched London mezcal week, a north London mezcaleria and the QQRQ label.
As well as the flagship espadin expression, there are a number of limited edition utilising rare and flavourful agave variants.