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Vago Colorado Inaugural

Mezcal Vago Colorado Inaugural is a unique post-distillation blend of agave Madrecuixe and agave Tobalá mezcals that were rested in clay for 3 months. The entire batch was only 93 liters and released exclusively in the state of Colorado.

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Brand:Vago Mezcal
NOM:NOM-O188X
Mezcalero:Emigdio Jarquín Ramirez
Agave:Madre-Cuishe, Tobala
Distillation:Refrescador
Style:Blend
State:Oaxaca
Town:Miahuatlan
ABV: 50.5%
Batch size: 93 liters
Release year: 2018
Website: https://www.mezcalvago.com/
About this mezcal

For this extremely limited batch, Mezcal Vago took 90 liters of a single-distilled 100% Madrecuixe mezcal that was produced in late February 0f 2017 to a bottling proof of 50.53% ABV and blended it with 60 liters of a double-distilled 100% Tobalá mezcal that was produced in April of 2017 to a bottling proof of 50.85% ABV. The resulting 150-liter blend was then split into 93-liters to experiment with our clay-aging process and another 54-liters left to rest in glass (3 liters were pulled from the 150 for certification testing).

The team at Mezcal Vago thought that the rich sweetness and grassy undertone of Madrecuixe would benefit from and complement the lighter floral, mint, and citrus notes of a Tobalá. They chose a predominantly Madrecuixe blend, in order to give the mezcal the body to hold up to spending time in the porous clay and the minerality it would impart. Over the course of the next few months, the team periodically siphoned small samples out of the clay cántaros to see how the flavors had evolved. After three months of being rested in clay, it was rested another two months in 18-liter glass garafones before being bottled in January 2018.

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

2 of out 5 stars


Jonny on Nov 16, 2018

258 reviews

  • Overall:

This is a super cool idea: refrescador still meets clay pot aging. Unfortunately, I don’t love how it turned out. I’ve heard that others are super into this release, but it’s really not for me. I get a strong taste of the way that lubed condoms smell. It’s more than just latex, but specifically latex with lube. There’s other subtle stuff going on for aromas and slight other tastes of this and that, but the taste of lubed condoms overpowers this for me.

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