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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: (10 reviews)
Brand:Vago Mezcal
NOM:NOM-O188X
Mezcalero:Salomon Rey Rodriguez
Agave:Barril, Coyote, Espadin, Mexicano, Sierra Negra, Tepeztate, Tobala
Grind:Hand
Distillation:Clay Pot
Style:Ensamble
State:Oaxaca
Town:Sola de Vega
ABV: 50%
Website: https://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 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.

10 reviews

4.3 of out 5 stars


Mymic87 on Sep 20, 2018

12 reviews

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This Version was bottled at 50.5%

Nose: Smells like a peated sherry cask scotch, Peat and oak, raisins, plumbs, prunes, BBQ Pork belly excellent stuff!

Taste: Tastes like a peated sherry cask whisky! Sweet and earthy, dates, figs, toffee, chocolate.

Comments: never had a mezcal so… un mezcal like. Awesome stuff!

PDutton on Sep 15, 2018

17 reviews

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66% Arroqueno 26% Coyote 8% Mexicano, 244L batch, LOT S-03-ACM-17

Earthen / clay meets dark agave, dark fruits, dark smoke. Appropriately integrated heat, could be lower but it’s not particularly offensive. A few drops of water excites the ash and berries, and a light burnt sage note, nice. Hits with a dense dark profile, clay spreads across the mouth with the fruit sweetness, peppers tingling on the edges and the few bright notes too. Finish is even and long with smoke lingering throughout the mouth. Water softens the event in a nice way, a more open and sweet entry whilst maintaining good richness. 4+ rating. Will add review for another batch.

66% Arroqueno 26% Coyote 8% Mexicano, 244L batch, LOT S-03-ACM-17
Earthen / clay meets dark agave, dark fruits, dark smoke. Appropriately integrated heat, could be lower but it’s not particularly offensive. A few drops of water excites the ash and berries, and a light burnt sage note, nice. Hits with a dense dark profile, clay spreads across the mouth with the fruit sweetness, peppers tingling on the edges and the few bright notes too. Finish is even and long with smoke lingering throughout th

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razorbackmike on May 14, 2018

82 reviews

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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

210 reviews

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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

33 reviews

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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

227 reviews

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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

33 reviews

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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

11 reviews

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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

19 reviews

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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

  • Overall:

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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