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Vago Arroqueno en Barro

Vago Arroqueno en Barro is distilled in small clay pots in Sola de Vega. This process gives the mezcal a smooth texture and strong notes of wet clay.

Rating: (1 review)
Brand:Vago Mezcal
NOM:NOM-O188X
Mezcalero:Salomon Rey Rodriguez
Agave:Arroqueno
Grind:Hand
Distillation:Clay Pot
Style:Joven
State:Oaxaca
Town:Sola de Vega
ABV: 52%
Website: https://www.mezcalvago.com/
About this mezcal

Vago Arroqueno en Barro is made in extremely small batches by Tio Rey in Sola de Vega. Tio Rey uses the traditional method of hand-mashing the cooked Arroqueno agave. He then ferments the agave in a century-old fermentation vat that was carved from the heart of a single tree by his grandfather. Typical to Sola de Vega, Tio Rey distills this mezcal in small clay pots.

Read more about this release on Mezcal Vago’s blog Mas Mezcal

Vago Mezcal

Mezcal Vago began when co-founder Judah Kuper visited a hospital in Oaxaca, Mexico and ended up falling in love with the nurse who treated him. This nurse had a father named Aquilino who made mezcal in the rural village of Candeleria Yegole. The two of them, along with Judah longtime friend Dylan Sloan, worked together to create the brand. The labels of Mezcal Vago bottles are very detailed and informative. The brand aims to empower both the master craftsmen with a celebration of their art, and also the consumer by giving them the knowledge they need to find a great mezcal. Beginning in the late spring of 2017, Vago began using different color labels for their different mezcaleros. Emigdio distills in copper with refrescador. Aquilino and Joel Barriga distill in copper. Tio Rey distills in clay pots. In 2018, Mezcal Vago established an investment partnership with Samson and Surrey, a spirits company dedicated to partnering with independent craft brands.

Listen to an interview with Mezcal Vago co-founder Judah Kuper on Show de Vie Podcast w/Mike G. Read more about Mezcal Vago on their blog Mas Mezcal.

1 review

3 of out 5 stars


Jonny on Mar 4, 2017

258 reviews

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Lot S-27A-15 from August 2015. 92 liters in the batch. 52.2% ABV. I’m a big fan of agave Arroqueno. It’s one of my favorite agave, and I was extremely excited to try this one. Don’t let the 3 stars fool you, this is still a very good mezcal, I’m just super picky, especially when it comes to Arroqueno. The nose of this has lots of clay and notes of wet earth, and the flavor notes match the aromas. This is definitely a step up from the Vago Espadin en Barro, as it’s more complex, but it’s a little hard to justify given its big price increase over the Espadin en Barro. The notes of clay overpower this batch, and I don’t get as much of the Arroqueno complexity that can be found in other Arroqueno mezcal that is distilled in a copper still. That said, it’s super rare. So it’s definitely worth trying if you get a chance.

Lot S-27A-15 from August 2015. 92 liters in the batch. 52.2% ABV. I’m a big fan of agave Arroqueno. It’s one of my favorite agave, and I was extremely excited to try this one. Don’t let the 3 stars fool you, this is still a very good mezcal, I’m just super picky, especially when it comes to Arroqueno. The nose of this has lots of clay and notes of wet earth, and the flavor notes match the aromas. This is definitely a step up from the Vago Espadin en Barro, as it’s m

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