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Vago Madre Cuixe

Vago Madre Cuixe is made with wild agave that takes between 12-15 years to mature, and grows in lower, hotter climates locally known as tierra caliente.

Rating: (13 reviews)
Brand:Vago Mezcal
NOM:NOM-O188X
Mezcalero:Aquilino Garcia Lopez, Emigdio Jarquín Ramirez
Agave:Madre-Cuishe
Distillation:Copper, Refrescador
Style:Joven
State:Oaxaca
Town:Candelaria Yegole, Miahuatlan
ABV: 51%
Website: https://www.mezcalvago.com/
About this mezcal

Vago Madre Cuixe is made by either Aquilino García López or Emigdio Jarquin, depending on the batch. Both of these mezcaleros make this mezcal with 100% agave Madre-Cuishe. This wild agave takes between 12-15 years to mature, and typically grows in lower, hotter climates locally known as tierra caliente. Mezcal made from this agave is typically vegetal in nature with strong minerality. Batches of this mezcal are small and rare.

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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 claims to plant 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 Jaurquin (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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13 reviews

4.3 of out 5 stars


Thankin_Hank

Thankin_Hank

8 reviews
2 months ago

This is smooth and most authentic to me. Makes an excellent Martini. Goes well with the jalapeño stuffed olive and pickled quail egg. I should teach that to Tim Love. My first mezcal cocktail was at Lonesome Dove, Ft. Worth.

Rorschach

Rorschach

17 reviews
4 months ago

Very hot at 50.4% but get over it after a few sips. The maguey comes through with the vegetal/mineral notes. There are some introduced notes from the maker that really add to it, very nice mouthfeel, very nice signature.
Emigdio Jarquin
June 2018, 413 L
LOT E-07-MC-18
50.7% ABV

5 months ago

Been liking the Karwinskiis more and more. Will need to revisit this one.

Rakhal

Rakhal

100 reviews
6 months ago

E-16-MC-17 Emigdio Jarquin. Sweet, grassy, and spicy. Fresh cut grass, artichoke, fresh ground pepper, orange peel, caramel popcorn, dried ancho chile, cayenne pepper.

Squashplayer

Squashplayer

28 reviews
8 months ago

Just found this in the back depths of my collection unopened until now. From May 2016 by Emigdio Jarquín Ramírez. Initially very vegetal and grassy evolving into minerals after a few minutes in glass. Another fine example of madrecuixe that I like but am not blown away by. 3 1/2 – 4 stars. Lot E-08 MC-16

GreenspointTexas

GreenspointTexas

131 reviews
10 months ago

Whoah nelly! Nose is green apple and smoke, taste straddles the line between sweet and dry perfectly. Notes of orange, berries, and even some basil. I need to buy another bottle

thamthong

thamthong

47 reviews
1 year ago

lot E-18-MC-17 by emigidio, 50.9% abv. deep minerality with vegetal and very lightly floral undertones on the nose. as with all the vago i’ve had the pleasure of sampling thus far, roasty toasty notes are present in the form of kettle corn, both on the nose and palate. palate is very, very rich both in texture and flavor. a lovely, prickly bite at the end right before the lingering finish. beautiful stuff. my first sip of this immediately brought mezcalero #16 to mind, to the point where i had to pour some to try next to this. the mezcalero is more finessed and boasts a fruity acidity that turns everything up to 11. that said, this is one of the best madrecuixes i’ve tasted.

lot E-18-MC-17 by emigidio, 50.9% abv. deep minerality with vegetal and very lightly floral undertones on the nose. as with all the vago i’ve had the pleasure of sampling thus far, roasty toasty notes are present in the form of kettle corn, both on the nose and palate. palate is very, very rich both in texture and flavor. a lovely, prickly bite at the end right before the lingering finish. beautiful stuff. my first sip of this immediately brought mezcalero #16 to mind, to the point w

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razorbackmike

razorbackmike

92 reviews
2 years ago

amazing!almost no hint of its high alcohol content.nose is floral and veggie.the taste follows the scent.entry is sweet agave and honey notes.midway is vegetal-tomato-cucumber-potato.the finish is a soft landing with slight smoke.this was a jarquin edition.absolutely wonderful!

COak

COak

62 reviews
2 years ago

Mezcalero: Emigdio Jarquin. April 2016. Lot: E-06-MC-16. Floral on the nose as well as on the tongue. It’s sweet with fruity flavors. A bit of spice lingers on the tongue. One of my favorite Madre Cuixe.

Jonny

Jonny

328 reviews
2 years ago

Lot E-06-MC-16. 181 total liters in batch. From Emigdio Jarquin. Copper w/Refrescador still. Lots of candied fruit and mineral aromas. The palate is more floral than vegetal, which was a bit of a surprise. Notes of lavender, candied orange, fresh mango, and light pollen. The finish is hot with a deep burn that lingers after the sip.

Tyler

Tyler

313 reviews
3 years ago

Earth and minerals on the nose. This is a bit warmer than other madre-cuishe mezcals I’ve tried. Nice notes of raspberries and overall fruit with some slight copper finish. Tasty stuff from Vago Mezcal per usual. March 2016 batch from Emigdio Jarquin, didn’t catch the lot number.

Keith

Keith

33 reviews
3 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.

Keith

Keith

33 reviews
3 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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