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Vago Ensamble en Barro

Each release of Vago Ensamble en Barro has drastic differences in the percentages of each type of agave that is used, making each release unique.

Rating: (8 reviews)
Brand:Vago Mezcal
NOM:NOM-O188X
Mezcalero:Salomon Rey Rodriguez
Agave:Barril, Coyote, Espadin, Mexicano, Sierra Negra, Tepeztate, Tobala
Distillation:Clay Pot
Style:Ensamble
State:Oaxaca
Town:Sola de Vega
ABV: 50%
Website: www.mezcalvago.com
About this mezcal

Vago Ensamble de Barro is from Sola de Vega and has a soft bouquet of pine needles and fertile earth. Its full body has an essence of charred cinnamon and finishes with notes of pumpkin and chestnuts.  Each release of this bottle has drastic differences in the percentages of each type of agave that is used.  A Vago Ensamble de Barro from 2015 could be significantly different than one from 2016.

Learn more about this release at Mezcal Vago’s blog Mas Mezcal

Vago Mezcal

Mezcal Vago began when co-founder Judah Kuper visited a hospital in Oaxaca, Mexico. He'd had an ear infection and he 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 worked together to create the brand. On the front label of each of their bottles, all the information is there about who made it, what pueblo, what agave, details in the process, size of batch and more.  This information may vary by batch. They aim to empower both the master craftsmen with a celebration of his 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.

Listen to an interview with the Judah Kuper of Mezcal Vago on Show de Vie Podcast w/Mike G. Read more about Mezcal Vago on their blog Mas Mezcal.

8 reviews

4.3 of out 5 stars


razorbackmike on May 14, 2018

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this review is for arroqueno-66%/coyote-26%/mexicano-8%.WOW.this is a wonderful treat.like all vago,this has some heat.the entry has incredible sweetness but is balanced with delicate jalapeno and green bell pepper.mid way has hints spring flowers and strong agave.the finish has heat and smoke that lingers a little.tio rey makes mezcals that are a treasure.fantastic!

Tyler on Dec 27, 2017

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There are numerous variations of Tio Rey’s Ensamble en Barro. For me, some are very clay-heavy.. with wet/earth flavors that overpower the agave notes. However, many editions are spectacular. One of my favorites is Lot S-20–EMB-15 which is 53% Espadin, 32% Barril, and 15% Mexicano, distilled in March 2015 at 52.6% ABV.

The clay notes are present but exist softly in the background. Upfront flavors are of mint, lavender, and guava with a finish of cinnamon and wood spice. Recent batches have a burgundy label which denotes it is produced by Tio Rey.

There are numerous variations of Tio Rey’s Ensamble en Barro. For me, some are very clay-heavy.. with wet/earth flavors that overpower the agave notes. However, many editions are spectacular. One of my favorites is Lot S-20–EMB-15 which is 53% Espadin, 32% Barril, and 15% Mexicano, distilled in March 2015 at 52.6% ABV.
The clay notes are present but exist softly in the background. Upfront flavors are of mint, lavender, and guava with a finish of cinnamon and wood spice. Recent batche

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Keith on Feb 3, 2017

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Lot S-20-EMB-15, 53% Espadin/32% Barril/15% Mexicano; 52.6% ABV. Subdued aromas of clay distillation and ripe berries, sweet taste to start, heat & spice ignite in the middle then fizzle out quickly, sweetness continues through the finish and lingers long afterward. Baked agave essence prevails at the end with high-notes of cinnamon & dry spruce needles. The aftertaste is very pleasant and long-lived.

Jonny on Nov 29, 2016

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Lot S-01-CME-16. 78% Coyote, 18% Espadin, 4% Mexicano. Great Mezcal! This is high proof and the heat of the ABV stays with this one through the entire taste. It’s very hot with notes of wet oak, vanilla, and orange cream.

Keith on Nov 12, 2016

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Five stars for Lot S-01-CME-16, 78% Coyote/18% Espadin/4% Mexicano; 52% ABV. Warm, bright, dry spices, hint of sandalwood, delightfully sizzles on the tongue, sweet on the lips.

Sandy on Sep 19, 2016

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The high alcohol caught me off guard (read: I coughed like a wuss), but I enjoyed the earthy taste from the clay.

3chainz on Sep 17, 2016

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Enjoyed a 2016 in a copita on 9/13

You taste all the heat up front but the finish is surprisingly smooth.

Lingers nicely, love this mescal

Matt Bayuk on Sep 17, 2016

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A great mezcal, but the alcohol overpowered the flavor to a degree. I may have given this 4 stars on another night. As a scotch drinker, it reminds me of a nice cask strength whiskey.

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