Commitment to quality is apparent in every step of our process,from harvest to first sip.
Growing + Harvesting
Our 100% Espadín Agave (Angustifolia Hau) is harvested by Hand and Machete.
The fourth-generation mezcaleros who craft Ilegal use only perfectly ripe Espadín agave, double distilled in Oaxaca, Mexico.
Roasting the agave
Agave is roasted in earthen pit lined with river stones. The roasting process takes 5-7 days.
Deforestation is a problem in the Oaxacan Region — one of the reasons all the wood we use is from certified wood farmers.
agave is crushed by a horse drawn tahona (mill).
natural fermentation occurs in pine vats.
This process takes approximately 7-10 days.
To avoid contaminating the distillate with smoke, we never cook and distill at the same time.
Our Joven is then bottled, or put in barrels to make our Reposado & Añejo. Each bottle is hand corked, labeled, and numbered.
we use a combination of new and used american oak, medium char barrels.
Our barrels are sourced from Kelvin Cooperage, a family-run business since 1963.
Our practices reflect our commitment to sustainability and biodiversity in the Oaxaca region. 100% natural, Ilegal uses no artificial colors, yeasts, flavors, or additives. Just agave, sun, and time.
Commitment to quality is apparent in every step of our process, from harvest to first sip. Our artisanal mezcal is produced in small lots - each bottle is hand corked, labeled, and numbered. Our fourth-generation mezcaleros use only perfectly ripe Espadín agave, double distilled in the Tlacolula Valley of Oaxaca, Mexico.
Velvety throughout. An exceptional drinking mezcal.
Aged for four months in medium-charred American Oak.
A gorgeous spirit rivaling the world’s finest scotches and cognacs. Rounded. Full. Rich. Yet untamed.
Aged in medium charr, American Oak bourbon barrels for thirteen months.