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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: (8 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. Madre-Cuishe (and other Karwinskiis agave) are not commonly cultivated for mezcal production, however they are often seen planted on property lines as their tall profiles can serve as a living fence.  Mezcal made from this agave is typically vegetal in nature. Batches of this mezcal are small and rare.

Read more about Mezcal Vago Madre Cuixe 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.

8 reviews

4.4 of out 5 stars


GreenspointTexas on Nov 8, 2018

34 reviews

  • Overall:

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 on Sep 4, 2018

42 reviews

  • Overall:

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 on Nov 8, 2017

87 reviews

  • Overall:

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 on Jun 8, 2017

41 reviews

  • Overall:

Floral on the nose as well as on the tongue. It’s sweet with fruity flavors. A bit of spice lingers on the tongue.

Jonny on Jun 1, 2017

248 reviews

  • Overall:

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 on Feb 24, 2017

233 reviews

  • Overall:

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 on Feb 13, 2017

33 reviews

  • Overall:

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 on Nov 21, 2016

33 reviews

  • Overall:

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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