The Guatemalan company, ‘Ilegal’ takes its name from the fact that it employed somewhat unconventional methods to import its first “artisanal” mezcals. At that time the best producers of artisanal mezcal did not have any official certification; it was therefore in theory illegal to export them. Hence the founders of Ilegal opted to import the mezcal on a clandestine basis. The company is now thankfully legal, and the Ilegal brand continues to select mezcals from traditional producers who have organic certification and whose mezcal has a unique aromatic profile: the notes of agave take precedence over the notes of smoke, rather than the other way around.
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