Vago Ensamble from Aquilino is done in extremely small batches that are very hard to find. If you see a bottle of this, try it.
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|Mezcalero:||Aquilino Garcia Lopez|
|Maguey:||Cuishe, Espadin, Madrecuishe, Mexicano, Sierra Negra, Tepeztate|
|Agave:||Americana, Angustifolia, Karwinskii, Marmorata, Rhodacantha|
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About this mezcal
Vago Ensamble made by Aquilino is produced in Candeleria Yegole. In 2016, Aquilino had a limited release that was only available in the East Bay of Northern California. This release was aptly nicknamed, the “Curry-30” batch, as Steph Curry is reportedly a big fan of mezcal and he’s obviously very popular in that area. The Curry-30 batch was an Ensamble of (49%) Madre-cuishe and (51%) Mexicano. In early 2017, another Aquilino Ensamble surfaced. It had (48%) wild maguey Cuixe, (29%) wild Tepeztate, and (23%) cultivated Espadin. The Curry-30 batch was 162 litres. The second batch was 172 litres. There have also been batches of (53%) Tepeztate and (47%) Sierra Negra. One of these Tepeztate/Sierra Negra batches was produced in August 2017 with a total batch size of 203 litres.
|CURRY-30||Madrecuixe 49%, Mexicano 51%|
|A-10-TCE-17||Tepeztate 48%, Cuixe 28%, Espadin 24%|
|A-12-TSN-17||Tepeztate 53%, Sierra Negra 47%|
|A-2R-E-18||Tepeztate 76%, Espadin 24%|
|A-19-TC-18||Tepeztate 53%, Cuixe 47%|
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.
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