Vago Bien Picado is a limited release made with overripe agave from maestro mezcalero Aquilino Garcia in Candelaria Yegole, Oaxaca.
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About this mezcal
Vago Bien Picado is a special limited release. The term Bien Picado is something you occasionally hear at palenques in Oaxaca. When the agave is ripe, it starts to sprout its quiote. When the quiote is about a meter high they chop it off so that the sugars stay in the pina of the plant (which is later distilled). Almost immediately after being cut the bugs called picudos which are the adult form of the gusano de maguey begin to attack the plant. Picado can mean “bitten”, hence the term Bien Picado meaning “bitten up”. So this mezcal was made with overripe agave that have been bitten up by these bugs.
As of October 2019, there have been two releases of Vago Bien Picado. The first batch was just 42 liters, made with maguey Tobala and Espadin in November 2012. The second batch was 139 liters, made with 89% maguey Espadin and 11% Mexicano in May 2019.
Mezcal Vago began when co-founder Judah Kuper visited a hospital in Oaxaca, Mexico. He fell in love with the nurse who treated him. Her father, Aquilino Garcia, was a sustenance farmer who also produced mezcal. Judah and Aquilino, along with Judah's longtime friend Dylan Sloan, launched Mezcal Vago. In 2013, their first exported bottles arrived in Texas. Each of their mezcals is produced naturally in a traditional palenque with no additives. The brand aims to empower both the master craftsmen with a celebration of his art. Also the consumer by giving them the knowledge they need to find a great mezcal. The brand claims to plant 3 agaves for each single agave they harvest. Their goal is to end the use wild agave by 2025 for most of their releases.
In 2017, Mezcal Vago began using different color labels for their different mezcaleros. Emigdio Jarquin (blue label) distills in copper with refrescador. Aquilino and Joel Barriga (tan and gold labels respectively) distill in copper. Tio Rey (red label) distills in clay pots. All their mezcaleros use different water sources and make different distillation cuts. In 2018, Mezcal Vago established an investment partnership with Samson and Surrey. With the new partnership, each Mezcal Vago mezcalero has a stake in Samson and Surrey.
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