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Vago Cuixe – Aquilino Garcia Lopez

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

Rating: (9 reviews)
Cost:$$$$
Brand:Vago Mezcal
NOM:NOM-O188X
Mezcalero:Aquilino Garcia Lopez
Agave / Maguey:Cuishe, Karwinskii
Grind:Tahona
Distillation:Copper
Style:Joven
State:Oaxaca
Town:Candelaria Yegole
ABV: 50%
Website: https://www.mezcalvago.com/
About this mezcal

Mezcal Vago Cuixe from Aquilino Garcia Lopez has a roasted banana and acetone aroma. It has a mineral and pine needle body with a dry smoky finish.  The maguey 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 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.

Learn more Mezcal Vago:

9 reviews

4.39 out of 5


HighWine

HighWine

8 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars2 weeks ago

June 2014 Bottling

Big nose that hits you from arm’s length with aromas of caramel, banana, tobacco, spearmint, and wintergreen.

Slippery in the mouth and very pleasing on the palate. Coats the tongue and roof of the mouth. Significant booziness that numbs the lips and leaves a warmth in the throat.

Taste is a wild ride across different layers of flavors. Sweet up front with agave syrup, flan, and caramel. Following that is leather and dried leaves, finished off with mint and dehydrated orange peel. Earlier sips showed jalapeño pepper but not as much in the follow ups.

Bold and assertive, sweet and flavorful. A real treat from the master.

June 2014 Bottling
Big nose that hits you from arm’s length with aromas of caramel, banana, tobacco, spearmint, and wintergreen.
Slippery in the mouth and very pleasing on the palate. Coats the tongue and roof of the mouth. Significant booziness that numbs the lips and leaves a warmth in the throat.
Taste is a wild ride across different layers of flavors. Sweet up front with agave syrup, flan, and caramel. Following that is leather and dried leaves, finished off with mint and dehydrated

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GreenspointTexas

GreenspointTexas

193 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars2 months ago

This spirit hits you in the face like a ton of bricks. Hot and heavy as hell, there is no mid-palate on this ride, and no seatbelts or safety harnesses either. A lot different than Cuixe’s im used to. Hibiscus, rose petals, and some paint thinner. Not what I was expecting at all. Will revisit after oxygen has had time with this pour. RIP Aquilino

Dylan

Dylan

7 reviews
Rated 5 out of 5 stars6 months ago

Lot E-04-C-17 Emigdio Jarquin. February 2017, 170 liters. 51.1% ABV. Perfume and floral notes, Cooked agave on the palate. Juicy fruit and candy on the finish.

Lot A-09-C-16 Aquilino Garcia March 2016, 1048 liters. 51.7% ABV. Aromas of dried fruits, licorice and grilled chili’s. Continues through the finish with smoke and chili powder candy.

Spirit_Chaser

Spirit_Chaser

19 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars1 year 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.

Nic Hnastchenko

Nic Hnastchenko

102 reviews
Rated 5 out of 5 stars2 years 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.

thamthong

thamthong

47 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars2 years 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

395 reviews
Rated 5 out of 5 stars2 years ago

I lean a bit towards the Cuixe mezcals from Emigdio over Aquilino, but 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. 585.5 liters total.

razorbackmike

razorbackmike

113 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars2 years 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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Keith

Keith

34 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars4 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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