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Vago Sierra Negra

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

Rating: (3 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 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.

3 reviews

5 of out 5 stars


StevenR on Oct 22, 2018

13 reviews

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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 on Sep 4, 2018

46 reviews

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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 on Aug 24, 2018

283 reviews

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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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