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Vago Ensamble – Emigdio Jarquin Ramirez

The Emigdio ensambles vary in the agave used to make them, and the ABV will also very by batch. Check your bottle for details.

About this mezcal

The Vago Ensamble with a blue label comes from Emigdio Jarquín Ramírez in Miahuatlan, Oaxaca. While Vago has produced Ensamble en Barro from Tio Rey for many years, and a few ensambles from Aquilino have been released over the years, Emigdio’s ensambles began hitting the market in 2018. They are a blend of everything you’d love about any Emigdio single-varietal release, and they give him an opportunity to showcase some different distillations.

Notable batches:

Batch Agaves
E-02-CET-18 Cuixe 47%, Espadin 35%, Tepeztate 18%
E-04-TOBM-18 Tobala 55%, Mexicano 45%
E-08-CE-18 Cuixe 55%, Espadin 45%
E-15-MEC-18 Mexicano 45%, Espadin 44%, Cuixe 8%
E-23-MCC18 Madrecuixe 51%, Cuixe 49%

 

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 plants 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:

 

Ensamble de Emigdio Batch E-02-CET-18 on Mas Mezcal, the Mezcal Vago blog

 

8 reviews

4.13 out of 5


HighWine

HighWine

54 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars1 week ago

This bottle is 64% cuishe, 32% espadín, and 4% tepeztate. Stone ground, copper still, 254 liters, distilled July 2020. El Nanche village in Miahuatlan. 51% ABV

Aromas of green banana, pine bark, and minerals. Taste is exceptionally smooth. One of the smoothest Vagos I can recall. Blanco vermouth with a pimento olive, toasted oak, and grass. Medium-full bodied but not lacking in any way. Minty finish.

Tyler

Tyler

503 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars2 months ago

Emigdio has created many ensambles. In general they are great. The one I’m sipping currently is from March 2019 and composed of 51% Tobala, 43% Espadin, and 6% Madrecuixe. Loads of rock candy minerals. Whipped cream. Key lime custard. Overall sweet and salty. There are a few two agave batches reviewed here that I really need to try (Tobala-Madrecuixe and Mexicano-Cuixe); will update this review if I try them. Extra half star for the value.

SoloAgave

SoloAgave

84 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars3 months ago

5/2020 62% Mexicano/38% Madrecuishe – full disclosure I am a sucker for Mezcal from Miahuatlan and this one certainly delivers. Just a crisp, clean, and bright flavor that sips like its 40% abv not 51%. Mellowed sweetness, some ripe fruit, just a rock solid option all around that won’t blow you away but will keep you coming back for more.

TzotollineRaramuri

TzotollineRaramuri

75 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars4 months ago

LOT E-17-MXC-19
497 Liter Batch.
53% Mexicano & 47% Cuishe
50.9 ABV.

👀- clear
👃- drying impact.
Aromas of fresh & savory herbs and vegetables, soft/light rubber & plastics, fresh pine and pine basket, floral, honey, aloe vera, wet sand and caliche.
Adequate & complex production.
Average length and fine character.
👅- astringent effect slightly coating; sufficient smooth alcohol; medium-full body.
Primarily sour taste, with sweet & bitter highlights; buttery smoothness.
Flavors of pine and hay, aloe vera, fresh herbs, ripe agave, raw wood, floral honeys.
Concentrated flavor intensity, slight complex character, harmoniously bold balance.
Pleasant and very long finish.
Excellent overall impression.

*very nicely balanced, very good typicity, though nothing extraordinary, but very well crafted.

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LOT E-17-MXC-19
497 Liter Batch.
53% Mexicano & 47% Cuishe
50.9 ABV.
👀- clear
👃- drying impact.
Aromas of fresh & savory herbs and vegetables, soft/light rubber & plastics, fresh pine and pine basket, floral, honey, aloe vera, wet sand and caliche.
Adequate & complex production.
Average length and fine character.
👅- astringent effect slightly coating; sufficient smooth alcohol; medium-full body.
Primarily sour taste, with sweet & bitter highlights; buttery smoothness

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Nic Hnastchenko

Nic Hnastchenko

108 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars2 years ago

55% Tobala + 45% Madrecuixe.
Tasty combo of my two favorite agaves.

47% Cuixe + 35% Espadin + 18% Tepeztate
Emigdio always my favorite. I’d liked the kick that the Tepeztate and Espadin give these Ensambles, which i think makes it a bit more green than sweet from the Cuixe.

LittleArm

LittleArm

26 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars3 years ago

55% Tobala, 45% Madrecuixe

So good! Very funky on the nose like a sweet blue cheese. Mild taste, very little heat or smoke. Much less funk on the palate than the nose. Earthy, creamy, peppery with maybe a little bit of pine. Complex to the point where I almost ordered a second pour so I could spend more time trying to figure it out. Love the tobala in it. Definitely try it if you get the chance

Joseph

Joseph

26 reviews
Rated 5 out of 5 stars3 years ago

55% Tobala, 45% Madrecuixe – This is my personal favorite of Emigdio’s releases that I’ve tried. Very distinctive flavor profile that is quite similar to his other batches; but with a certain creamy sweetness which I imagine comes from the Tobala. Emigdio’s mezcals are tough to describe, but I tend to think earthy, vegetal, cucumber, bubblegum, and mineral flavors. 4.5 stars

Jonny

Jonny

533 reviews
Rated 3 out of 5 stars3 years ago

47% Cuixe, 35% Espadin, 18% Tepeztate from March 2018. Lot E-03-CET-18. Aromas of sweet apples, maraschino cherries, and red velvet chocolate cake. The palate is heavily perfumed, too much for my liking, but others might love this. Give it a try. It’s a bit grassy and vegetal with earthy notes mixing with salty water taffy. A bit of heat on the back of the palate.

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