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Vago Sierra Negra

Agave Sierra Negra takes up to 25 years to mature and is very rare.

Rating: (4 reviews)
Brand:Vago Mezcal
NOM:NOM-O188X
Mezcalero:Aquilino Garcia Lopez
Agave:Sierra Negra
Distillation:Copper
Style:Joven
State:Oaxaca
Town:Candelaria Yegole
ABV: 51.3%
Age of plant: 25 years
Batch size: 84 liters
Release year: 2018
Website: https://www.mezcalvago.com/
About this mezcal

Agave Sierra Negra is a sub-varietal of the Agave Americana family. It takes up to 25 years to mature. Sierra Negra is quite rare. It was widely cultivated many years ago but due to the plant’s low seed yield, small amount of hijuelos (agave pups), and lengthy maturation time, agave Sierra Negra has been mostly abandoned in favor of Agave Espadin. Mezcalero Aquilino Garcia’s first batch of 100% agave Sierra Negra with Mezcal Vago was produced in April 2018 with just 7 agave piñas that yielded 84 liters of mezcal. Each piña weighed an average of 315 pounds. They were harvested by hand from the Lomas de Cocoshle parcel, which belongs to Aquilino’s brother Benito. After the agave hearts were roasted, they were left to rest for two weeks before being crushed and distilled. This is a special and rare batch from Mezcal Vago, you can read more about it on their blog Mas Mezcal.

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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4 reviews

5 of out 5 stars


GreenspointTexas

GreenspointTexas

134 reviews
4 months ago

Wow

Wow. Just incredible. Extremely balanced and nuanced. I could down this entire bottle in a few nights. One of the best mezcals ive had

StevenR

StevenR

13 reviews
12 months ago

Lot A-07-SN-18
Toasted cornflakes honey and ripened peaches on the nose is down right hedonistic.. the mouthfeel is oily.. roasted corn cinnamon and peaches fill the mid palate.. this beautiful spirit finishes hot with caramelized sugar..Truely decadent..Another excellent mezcal from Aquilino García.. I am privileged to have a bottle

thamthong

thamthong

47 reviews
1 year ago

my first sierra negra. caramel popcorn on the nose. very complex and fragrant on the palate, a melange of vegetal and earthy notes. like jonny said, the flavors here blend into each other seamlessly. would’ve liked to have taken more time with this one but tried this at a bar as they were closing.

Jonny

Jonny

329 reviews
1 year ago

Totally Angelic. This must be the preferred drink of angels. I’ve been drinking Aquilino’s mezcal for several years. I’ve had many batches and many different varietals. This is my favorite so far. It’s like nothing else I’ve ever tasted. The nose sweet with a bit of cinnamon and a hint of brown sugar. The body is full and creamy. There’s a bit of heat on the back of the palate, but it sits well in the overall profile. The flavors are so well balanced and blended into one another. I get some notes of wet stone, bright green moss, potatoes, and a hint of sweet corn. This reminds me of New Hampshire in the fall with all of it’s transitionally earthy tones, colors, and aromas. Lot A-07-SN-18 from April 2018. Total batch is 84 liters.

Totally Angelic. This must be the preferred drink of angels. I’ve been drinking Aquilino’s mezcal for several years. I’ve had many batches and many different varietals. This is my favorite so far. It’s like nothing else I’ve ever tasted. The nose sweet with a bit of cinnamon and a hint of brown sugar. The body is full and creamy. There’s a bit of heat on the back of the palate, but it sits well in the overall profile. The flavors are so well balanced and blend

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