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Vago Pechuga – Tío Rey

Mezcal Vago Pechuga from Tio Rey uses a recipe of organic apples, pineapple, bananas, tejocotes, raisins, chocolate, cacao, cinnamon and chicken breast.

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Brand:Vago Mezcal
Mezcalero:Salomon "Tio Rey" Rodriguez
Distillation:Clay Pot
Town:Sola de Vega
ABV: 49.8%
Release year: 2022
Website: https://mezcalvago.com/, opens in new window
Ownership:Heaven Hill

About this mezcal

Mezcal Vago Pechuga de Salomon Rey Rodriguez uses a recipe of organic apples, pineapple, bananas, tejocotes, raisins, chocolate, cacao, cinnamon and farm-raised chicken breast into 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.

Note: This is different than the 48 liter batch released in 2018.

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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