Maguey Sierra Negra (Agave Americana) takes up to 25 years to mature and is not very often seen in agave spirits due to it’s scarcity.
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|Mezcalero:||Aquilino Garcia Lopez|
|Age of plant:||25 years|
|Batch size:||84 liters|
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About this mezcal
Maguey Sierra Negra is an Agave Americana. 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, maguey Sierra Negra has been mostly abandoned in favor of Agave Espadin. Mezcalero Aquilino Garcia’s first batch of 100% maguey 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.
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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