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Ilegal Reposado

Ilegal Reposado is aged for 4 months in American oak barrels. The barrel aging makes this a great Mezcal to serve to friends who don’t like Mezcal.

About this mezcal

Ilegal Reposado is aged for 4 months in American oak barrels. It has caramelized pear and bitter orange on the nose, and clove, toffee and hints of vanilla on the palate. The mouth feel is velvety throughout. Like its Ilegal Anejo cousin, this is a great Mezcal to serve to friends who don’t like Mezcal as the barrel aging provides a woody flavor that is familiar to whiskey and tequila drinkers alike.

Ilegal Mezcal

Ilegal Mezcal was founded by John Rexer, who began smuggling this product to his Bar, Cafe No Se, in Antigua, Guatemala. Ilegal Mezcal launched in 2005, and the brand has grown substantially in recent years. It had a very successful marketing campaign around the phrase "Donald eres un Pendejo" in 2016 for the US election, and Bacardi purchased an undisclosed amount of minority shares in the company in February of 2017. Ilegal Mezcal is 100% handcrafted using Agave Espadin that is roasted / baked using mesquite and eucalyptus wood. The cooked Agave is then finely crushed and fermented in oak vats. It is then double distilled in small copper stills. Though Eric Hernandez was originally involved in the distillation, all Ilegal Mezcal is now made by Alvaro and Armando Hernandez.

Review: Ilegal Mezcal on Drinkhacker

4 reviews

3.5 of out 5 stars



19 reviews
1 year ago

smells more like a tequila being agave forward but there is a subtle hint of smoke and pepper. taste is smooth, has hints of a typical mezcal but is also quite sweet and caramelly. the aftertaste resembles a typical mezcal with a more peppery linger. would only recommend if you want a less traditional mezcal with sweet notes, but under that billing it is quite enjoyable.

1 year ago

Dont get the love for this. Very little smoke, not many flavors you would find in other mezcals. Closer to a tequila



351 reviews
3 years ago

Soft roasted agave flavors with citrus, vanilla, and wood. Slight acetone finish. This lightly-aged espadin is a decent sipper, especially for those new to mezcal. One downside is that the quality of this mezcal is not worth the price of $50-$70 a bottle as charged in many stores.


Matt Bayuk

4 years ago

A very nice crossover… Like a nicer tequila, without the bite, and a smooth caramel finish

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