Mezcal was named Vino de Mezcal by the Spanish as it was made under specific vintage conditions with characters relating to a particular harvest. Like the original Mezcals, Ilegal is produced and hand bottled in small batches, with each bottle receiving its own number within a specifically numbered lot.
Unlike Tequila, Mezcal is not constrained to using only Blue Agave. Mezcal can use a much greater variety of agave species giving rise to the broader style and flavour profiles found within the mezcal category. Ilegal predominantly uses the Espadin Agave. Aged four months in ex-bourbon American oak barrels this is a perfect balance of agave flavours and light smoke.
On the nose it's quite green to start, with wet grass and capsicums joined by cooked agave sweetness. The influence of the oak quickly becomes obvious, with vanilla and spice developing - nutmeg and sharp clove. On the tongue you get sweet and oily notes, with butterscotch and vanilla toffee. There is a gentle smokiness hiding underneath, but the sweeter notes dominate.