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Vago Espadin en Barro

Vago Espadin en Barro is distilled in small clay pots. This process gives the mezcal a strong aroma and taste of wet clay and red earth.

Rating: (2 reviews)
Brand:Vago Mezcal
Mezcalero:Salomon Rey Rodriguez
Distillation:Clay Pot
Town:Sola de Vega
ABV: 51%
Age of plant: 7-12 years
Website: https://www.mezcalvago.com/
About this mezcal

Vago Espadin en Barro is made by Tio Rey in Sola de Vega, which is an area that is steeped in history of clay bot distillation. In true artisinal fashion, Tio Rey hand mashes the roasted agave and distills each batch in small clay pots. The batches of this mezcal are much smaller than the regular copper-still distillation Espadin releases that Vago puts out. The smell and taste of clay is highly evident in this mezcal.

Read more about Mezcal Vago Espadin en Barro at 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.

2 reviews

4 of out 5 stars



25 reviews
11 months ago

Lot S-13-E-16 from Nov 2016. 430 liters . 53%ABV. The nose on this is very earthy and almost musty. Some would call it “funky” and there is no doubt that was distilled in clay. It’s quite “hot” on the palate so sip it slow. Overall a very unique and enjoyable mezcal if you like clay pot distillation which I certainly do



301 reviews
2 years ago

Lot S-07-E-16 from March 2016. 235 Liters in batch. 51.9% ABV. The nose is sweet with hints of perfume and alcohol (not surprising given the ABV). There’s a good amount of clay on the palate, and the texture of this mezcal seems to really mimic the feeling of wet clay as it cascades over the taste buds. Aside from strong notes of clay and chalky earth, this has some floral and fruity characteristics that set it aside from the regular Vago Espadin release from Aquilino.

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