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No celebrities, just damn good mezcal.

Ilegal Mezcal is more than a handcrafted spirit from Oaxaca, Mexico.

It’s a way of living and a state of mind. It’s about uniting people over a drink. It’s for people who prefer the texture of time-etched beauty over the gloss of processed perfection.

It’s also about standing up for what we believe is right. We are an activist brand that takes to the streets and walls to support human dignity, freedom, uninhibited creativity, and a habitable planet. Our motto: Fight for positive change, kick up some dust, drink an Ilegal.

Around 2004, Ilegal's founder John Rexer began smuggling mezcal from Oaxaca to Café No Sé, his clandestine bar and music hub in Antigua, Guatemala. The mezcal became popular very quickly. In 2006, John created the brand Ilegal, originally just to supply the bar. On the back of each bottle of Ilegal you will find it says "Originally produced for: Café No Sé, Mezcal Bar."

Handcrafted by fourth-generation mezcaleros in small batches in Oaxaca, Mexico, Ilegal Mezcal has a beautifully balanced profile, with a mouthful of agave and a hint of smoke. Our practices reflect our commitment to sustainability and biodiversity in the Oaxaca region. Commitment to quality is apparent in every step of our process, from harvest to first sip.

No celebrities, just damn good mezcal.

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