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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." (more & faq)

Ilegal is made in Oaxaca, Mexico by small family owned distillers using traditional production methods and employing sustainable practices. The company since its inception has made social and environmental responsibility an integral part of their day-to-day practices.

Café No Sé a Diners Club "Hidden Gem" 


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Ingredients: 100% Espadín Agave, Oaxacan Sun, Water & Time  

A mouth full of agave and a hint of smoke. 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. 

Joven (un-aged).

Un-aged. Deep agave aromas. Hints of green apple, citrus and white pepper.  Lingering heat and sweet agave.  Ideal for cocktails and perfect on its own. 

Reposado (aged 4 months).

Aged for 4 months in American oak barrels.  Caramelized pear and bitter orange on the nose.  Clove, toffee and hints of vanilla on the palate.  Velvety throughout.  An elegant sipping mezcal. 

Añejo (aged 13 months).

Aged for 13 months in a blend of American and French oak.  A gorgeous spirit rivaling the world's finest scotches and cognacs.  Maple, clove and bitter orange aromas.  Dark chocolate and sweet agave on the palate.  Rounded.  Full.   Rich.  To be sipped and savored.