It all began when John Rexer, Ilegal's founder, started bringing mezcal down from various villages in Oaxaca to supply his bar in Antigua, Café No Sé. It was an instant hit and, in 2006, Rexer decided to make his own mezcal and Ilegal started to take shape. It required some light smuggling, but in the end it was all worth it. In 2018, Forbes called Ilegal one of the best mezcals to try. V Magazine says Ilegal “vends not only the secret, smoky spirit that is mezcal, but also a refreshing new mindset on consumer industries.” Ilegal is a mission-driven brand, proudly supporting organizations like Planned Parenthood, National Center for Transgender Equality, Earthquake Relief in Oaxaca, and several others.
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