Bacardi, a privately-held spirits company, has purchased Ilegal Mezcal, an artisanal mezcal.

Ilegal works with fourth-generation maestros mezcaleros in Santiago Matatlán, Oaxaca, Mexico. Ilegal1 Mezcal is double distilled in small batches using 100 percent Espadin agave. John Rexer created Ilegal in 2006, after years of working with small distillers in Oaxaca to make mezcal for his bar in Guatemala.

“Being a part of Bacardi will bring Ilegal to a larger audience while maintaining our commitment to sustainability and growing the business responsibly,” states Rexer.