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Vago Madre Cuixe – Emigdio Jarquin Ramirez

Vago Madre Cuixe from mezcalero Emigdio Jarquin Ramirez really showcases this maestro’s true mastery with Karwinskii agaves.

Rating: (22 reviews)
Brand:Vago Mezcal
Mezcalero:Emigdio Jarquín Ramirez
ABV: 50%
Website: https://www.mezcalvago.com/, opens in new window
Ownership:Heaven Hill

About this mezcal

Vago Madre Cuixe from maestro mezcalero Emigdio Jarquin is produced in Miahuatlan, Oaxaca. The maguey Madre Cuixe (agave Karwinskii) used in this mezcal is crushed by tahona and distilled in a copper refrescadera still. Emigdio is known throughout the region for his distilling expertise and all of his mezcal holds a high standard for the rest of the Miahuatlan region. Each batch may vary slight. Check your batch for details.

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.

In 2021, Mezcal Vago went through its first major brand redesign since their launch in 2013.

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Member rating

4.18 out of 5

22 reviews



35 reviews
Rated 3 out of 5 stars7 years ago

Lot E-06-MC-16, 50.1% ABV, Emigdio. Cotton candy & new-car-smell on the nose, noticeable alcohol burn, moderate fruit flavor, starchy sweet mid-palate, finish of straw, earth, agave sweetness, and a little bitter aftertaste.



35 reviews
Rated 5 out of 5 stars8 years ago

Lot E-03-MC-16, 51.6% ABV, Emigdio. Viscous mouthfeel, mint, grilled fruit, dried juniper berries, sweet smoke and star anise on the finish, agave sweetness throughout. This is a very good Mezcal. My wife and I sometimes differ on flavor likes, not for this Mezcal; I like it a lot, she’s passionate about it. We became instant Emigdio fans with the first sip.

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