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Vago Cuixe

Vago Mezcals are generally a reason to rejoice and this is no exception. Mezcal Vago Cuixe has a roasted banana and acetone aroma.

Rating: (10 reviews)
Brand:Vago Mezcal
NOM:NOM-O188X
Mezcalero:Aquilino Garcia Lopez, Emigdio Jarquín Ramirez
Agave:Cuishe, Espadin
Distillation:Copper, Refrescador
Style:Ensamble
State:Oaxaca
Town:Candelaria Yegole, Miahuatlan
ABV: 50%
Website: https://www.mezcalvago.com/
About this mezcal

Mezcal Vago Cuixe has a roasted banana and acetone aroma. It has a mineral and pine needle body with a dry smoky finish.  The agave cuishe is a thin varietal that has very slender pinas and floral aroma that shines in the Mezcal. Vago Mezcals are generally a reason to rejoice and this is no exception.

Vago Mezcal

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 Jaurquin (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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10 reviews

4.3 of out 5 stars


Spirit_Chaser

Spirit_Chaser

19 reviews
3 months ago

Lot: A-06-C-16, 50.5%abv, March 2016, Aquilino Garcia
Phenomal nose! Big aromas of charred agave, vegetal, light mint, mango, and vanilla. Taste follows suit with roasted agave, wintergreen mint, green bananas, and mango. Finishes minty, roasted vegetation, with a huge peppery kick. Alcohol burn is definitely present and ends slightly dry, bitter, and earthy. Very creamy mouthfeel. This is an in-your-face, big and bold mezcal and I absolutely love it.

8 months ago

LOT A-29-DV-C-14 from Emigdio Garcia Lopez, June 2014. Might have struck gold here, think I need to make another run to this liquor store and see what else is hiding on their shelves. Love a mezcal over 50%, with a fruity nose and sweet vegetal taste. Excited to see how this one evolves.’

Also tasted the November 2016 from Aquilino Garcia Lopez. Also soo good, side by side with the rest of their lineup, this was my favorite.

pallzley

pallzley

5 reviews
10 months ago

June 2016, Emigdio Jarquin
Paint primer on the nose (sweet charred plantain with acetone, sure), background notes of soft agave. Minerality in the taste. Palate and taste follow through – seemingly not with differing palate from the nose – until the immediate aftertaste. Oh man the aftertaste. Tamarind, chile lime… rust. If there was a word to describe all three otherwise, I’d say it, but it’s there. Long lasting, sure, but an obscure aftertaste indeed. Obscure experience. Not undesirable, but interesting. If you are one to enjoy bold and borderline-line metallicy terrior and earth, then this is for you.

June 2016, Emigdio Jarquin
Paint primer on the nose (sweet charred plantain with acetone, sure), background notes of soft agave. Minerality in the taste. Palate and taste follow through – seemingly not with differing palate from the nose – until the immediate aftertaste. Oh man the aftertaste. Tamarind, chile lime… rust. If there was a word to describe all three otherwise, I’d say it, but it’s there. Long lasting, sure, but an obscure aftertaste indeed. Obscure expe

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thamthong

thamthong

47 reviews
12 months ago

lot A-06-C-16 by aquilino, 50.5% abv. bitey roasted agave and charred vegetables, earthy, acetone, campfire, a bit spicy with undertones of unsweetened cocoa and chalk. big mezcal with a kick. hunting lodge juice.

Tyler

Tyler

312 reviews
1 year ago

The batches can vary quite a bit. I lean a bit towards the Cuixe mezcals from Emigdio over Aquilino, but both are amazing. The Emigdio Cuixe has a nose that is an incredible bouquet of green vegetables and earth. On the palate there is a great balance between the vegetal and earthy notes along with citrus, mint, and green apple. There is no bite and it is incredibly complex. April 2016 batch.

Recently I tasted a June 2014 bottle of 100% Cuixe from Aquilino and it blew me away. The flavors were like a sugar galaxy explosion along with tropical fruit.

The batches can vary quite a bit. I lean a bit towards the Cuixe mezcals from Emigdio over Aquilino, but both are amazing. The Emigdio Cuixe has a nose that is an incredible bouquet of green vegetables and earth. On the palate there is a great balance between the vegetal and earthy notes along with citrus, mint, and green apple. There is no bite and it is incredibly complex. April 2016 batch.
Recently I tasted a June 2014 bottle of 100% Cuixe from Aquilino and it blew me away. The flavors were l

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Joseph

Joseph

22 reviews
1 year ago

Emigdio: April 2016 – Bright & fragrant. Green and herbaceous. Cucumber, earth, and some sweet roasted agave at the finish. The few varieties of Emigdio’s mezcal I’ve tried all share a very similar flavor profile, but it’s one that I keep coming back to. The flavor is robust, complex, and carries through the entire palate.

razorbackmike

razorbackmike

92 reviews
1 year ago

aquilino edition.90% cuixe and 10% espadin.good mezcal and a slight step up from the regular espadin.similar in taste with a bit more floral and vegetal notes .not a very sweet mezcal but pleasant and smooth.i am a huge fan of the vago line but this is not my favorite version.UPDATE 2-16-19.this bottle has rested for about a year since it was first opened.more flavors have emerged in a beautiful way.the madre and the cuixe are becoming more enjoyable.it is very earthy and vegetal but retains some agave sweetness.the flavors are more pronounced and i get more flowers in the aroma and taste.4 and a half stars.delicious!!!

aquilino edition.90% cuixe and 10% espadin.good mezcal and a slight step up from the regular espadin.similar in taste with a bit more floral and vegetal notes .not a very sweet mezcal but pleasant and smooth.i am a huge fan of the vago line but this is not my favorite version.UPDATE 2-16-19.this bottle has rested for about a year since it was first opened.more flavors have emerged in a beautiful way.the madre and the cuixe are becoming more enjoyable.it is very earthy and vegetal but retains som

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Jonny

Jonny

328 reviews
3 years ago

Lot E-05-C-16. This is from Emigdio Jarquin, and it’s really, really good. The nose is incredibly herbal and vegetal. The mouthfeel is semi-viscous. The palate has notes of orange, tangerine, vanilla, caramel, green apple, and cinnamon. This is a full-flavor mezcal that is incredibly easy to drink considering it’s at 50.2%.

Keith

Keith

33 reviews
3 years ago

Lot E-05-C-16, 50.2% ABV, Emigdio. Nose of green olive, salt, and very light smoke, bright, spicy flavors of Chiltepin chiles & white pepper, pronounced alcohol burn, a little herbaceous, a dry finish with straw, earth, sweet agave, and somewhat bitter aftertaste. A challenging drink when the bottle was first opened, then this mezcal morphed into a real beauty a year later.

Keith

Keith

33 reviews
3 years ago

Lot A-21-C-15, 52.1% ABV, Aquilino; this was not an easy-drinker. I had to focus to find rewards. Initial impressions of ethereal solvents and Gitanes Brunes were hard to reconcile with the marvelous agave characteristics deep within. Toward the end of this bottle’s life, wonderfully complex agave flavors moved forward. This Mezcal expression was BOLD.

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