The Guatemalan company, Ilegal1¤7takes its name from the fact that it employed somewhat unconventional methods to import its first artisanal1¤7mezcals. 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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