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.
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|NOM:||NOM-O01X, NOM-O305X, NOM-O423X|
|Mezcalero:||Alvaro Hernandez, Armando Hernandez Lorenzo, Eric Hernandez|
|Website:||https://www.ilegalmezcal.com/, opens in new window|
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 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. Though Eric Hernandez was originally involved in the distillation, Ilegal Mezcal was most recently produced by Alvaro and Armando Hernandez.
The company had a very successful marketing campaign around the phrase “Donald eres un Pendejo” in 2016 for the US election. Bacardi purchased an undisclosed amount of minority shares in the company in February of 2017. In September 2023, Bacardi took full ownership in Ilegal for an undisclosed sum.