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Vago Tepeztate – Emigdio Jarquin Ramirez

Vago Tepeztate from maestro mezcalero Emigdio Jarquin Ramirez is an extremely rare, limited release. If you see it, sip it.

Rating: (3 reviews)
Cost:$$$
Brand:Vago Mezcal
NOM:NOM-O188X
Mezcalero:Emigdio Jarquín Ramirez
Maguey:Tepeztate
Agave:Marmorata
Grind:Tahona
Distillation:Refrescador
Style:Joven
State:Oaxaca
Town:Miahuatlán
ABV: 50%
Website: https://www.mezcalvago.com/, opens in new window
Ownership:Samson & Surrey

About this mezcal

Vago Tepeztate from maestro mezcalero Emigdio Jarquin Ramirez is extremely rare. The maguey Tepeztate (agave Marmorata) used in this mezcal is crushed by tahona and distilled in a copper refrescadera still.

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.

Learn more Mezcal Vago:

3 reviews

3.33 out of 5

TheAgaveFairy

TheAgaveFairy

164 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars7 months ago

Argonaut glass rested batch.

Candy forward :). Banana and other assorted Runtz. Floral, certainly, with a balance not unlike Alipus’ San Andreas of fruit, minerals, and flowers. Guanbana, mild ginger, jasmine, violet, lemon wheels, taffy.

Palate: Chemical, pool toys, floral, odd texture, a little acrid white pepper but oh goodness those oodles of candied fruits! Blossoms, Runtz, minerality, softness, a gingery heat, with a mineral and more classic agave finish.

Conclusion and “t8ke” scale rating: 7+/10. Bright and zippy. Doesn’t taste like most teps!!

Argonaut glass rested batch.
Candy forward :). Banana and other assorted Runtz. Floral, certainly, with a balance not unlike Alipus’ San Andreas of fruit, minerals, and flowers. Guanbana, mild ginger, jasmine, violet, lemon wheels, taffy.
Palate: Chemical, pool toys, floral, odd texture, a little acrid white pepper but oh goodness those oodles of candied fruits! Blossoms, Runtz, minerality, softness, a gingery heat, with a mineral and more classic agave finish.
Conclusion and “t8ke” scale

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Jonny

Jonny

537 reviews
Rated 3 out of 5 stars2 years ago

Lot F-22-T-18. From Dec 2018. 50 litre batch. Smells like sweet peppers and vanilla crackers. The palate has lots of minerals, which kind of collides with Tepeztate flavor in an odd way. The flavors of this seem chaotic and hard on the palate. 3 stars.

Tyler

Tyler

532 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars2 years ago

3.5 stars is the lowest rating I’ve given Emigdio. Normally his Mezcal is just exploding with flavor. This Tepeztate (bought in Oaxaca Centro) is super green and vegetal but one-note for me. There is some mineral and salt reminiscent of his other releases but the maguey flavors are muted. The finish is a bit burnt and tart. It’s still a nice Mezcal but I was expecting more from maguey Tepeztate. Lot E-22-T-18. 50 liters. 12/2018. 50.9%.

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