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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: (6 reviews)
Brand:Vago Mezcal
Mezcalero:Salomon "Tio Rey" Rodriguez
Distillation:Clay Pot
Town:Sola de Vega
ABV: 51%
Age of plant: 7-12 years
Website: https://www.mezcalvago.com/, opens in new window
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.

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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.

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6 reviews

4 out of 5



317 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars4 weeks ago

S-08-E-19. Like drinking chocolate milk out of an unglazed clay mug while eating a perfectly ripe cantaloupe melon. Very nice batch.

Zack Klamn

Zack Klamn

218 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars2 months ago

Nose – Light minerality and sweetness.

Palate – Papaya. Hot in the middle but still very nice. Clay finish is dry and morphs from a fruity to vanilla sweetness. Great smoke profile the whole way through. Solid!



115 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars3 months ago

Slight tinge in color. Subdued smell, but obviously clay. Sweet smells of espadin as well. Notes of chalkiness and some tropical fruit. Bit hot at the end, but still very well balanced with the clay distillation. 2oz sample.
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37 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars8 months ago

Tio Rey does it again! Great mezcal here, not as old a batch as the 1st 2 reviews but still a hot product (NOV 2019). I got no real funk in my batch but instead find it more like a gravel pit (in a good way). DEC 2019 bottle on deck, I plan to keep this in my cabinet always since I can buy it local.



34 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars3 years 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



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Rated 4 out of 5 stars4 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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