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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: (7 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 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.

7 reviews

4.1 of out 5 stars


thamthong on Sep 21, 2018

42 reviews

  • Overall:

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 on Sep 13, 2018

233 reviews

  • Overall:

The batches can very 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 very 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 on Jul 26, 2018

15 reviews

  • Overall:

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 on Apr 24, 2018

87 reviews

  • Overall:

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 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.

Jonny on Feb 24, 2017

248 reviews

  • Overall:

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 on Feb 13, 2017

33 reviews

  • Overall:

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 on Nov 20, 2016

33 reviews

  • Overall:

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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