Mezcal Ilegal is a brand that started as a smuggling operation to get the good stuff into the founder's bar in Antigua, Guatemala. Since launching in 2005, it has grown significantly, thanks in part to a cheeky US election marketing campaign in 2016. Bacardi also saw potential and bought a slice of the company in 2017. What sets Mezcal Ilegal apart from other brands is their unique use of mesquite and eucalyptus wood to roast their Agave Espadin, which is then fermented in oak vats and double distilled in small copper stills. Although Eric Hernandez was originally involved in the distillation, it is now solely handled by Alvaro and Armando Hernandez.