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

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.


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.


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.


At Ilegal we believe in “tending to your own garden” and working to address local needs as well as larger issues that affect the people we work with. As corny as that may sound, it is how we try to operate in terms of doing business in a better way. Over the years, Ilegal Mezcal, in conjunction with Café No Sé, has raised over $750,000 to assist various organizations in the following areas: Education, Undocumented youth & Immigration Reform, Women’s Reproductive Rights, Wildlife Animal Protection and LGBTQ Advocacy. 

"Brands and companies are made up of people. The point of view of those people will permeate the brand in one way or the other. It is best to know who you are and what you stand for, and to let that be the energy behind everything you do." John Rexer, Founder / CEO of ILEGAL