Mezcal Vago Pechuga de Joel Barriga Aragón uses a recipe of organic apples, pineapple, bananas, tejocotes, fresh corn, sugar cane and chicken breast.
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About this mezcal
Mezcal Vago Pechuga de Joel Barriga Aragón uses a Pechuga recipe of organic apples, pineapple, bananas, tejocotes, fresh corn, sugar cane and farm-raised chicken breast, which are all added during the second distillation.
Each 2022 Mezcal Vago Pechuga release utilized agave harvested from fields that have been certified as Bat Friendly. Bat Friendly is a certification process created by the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). The certification recognizes Tequila and Mezcal brands that are working to create sustainable methods of production that maintain healthy populations of nectar-feeding bats. A healthy bat population is vital to a healthy agave population. These very limited Mezcal Vago Pechuga batches were released to various markets throughout the United States and Mexico.
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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