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Vago Tepeztate

Mezcal Vago Tepeztate is made using 100% agave Texpeztate that is harvested from the nearby region. These batches are small and not always available.

Rating: (6 reviews)
Brand:Vago Mezcal
NOM:NOM-O188X
Mezcalero:Aquilino Garcia Lopez, Emigdio Jarquín Ramirez
Agave:Tepeztate
Distillation:Copper, Refrescador
Style:Joven
State:Oaxaca
Town:Candelaria Yegole, Miahuatlan
ABV: 50%
Age of plant: 12 years
Website: https://www.mezcalvago.com/
About this mezcal

Mezcal Vago Tepeztate is made by Aquilino García López at his palenque in Candelaria Yegolé. This mezcal is made from 100% Tepeztate and is wild harvested in the surrounding hills of the Yegolé region. According to Aquilino, the agave Tepeztate average 12-15 years to mature in this region. Because of the scarcity of mature agave, and the difficulty in harvesting them, these batches are small and not always available. Emidgio Jarquin also makes a Tepeztate for Vago, but his batches are even more rare.

Read more about Mezcal Vago Tepeztate on 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.

6 reviews

4.2 of out 5 stars


COak on Aug 16, 2018

41 reviews

  • Overall:

Lot A-23-T-16 Aqullino.
Sugar cane and green peppers on the front and jalapeno heat on the back.

PhilBrunski on Dec 30, 2017

13 reviews

  • Overall:

Hands down my favorite. The nose gives you green olive brine and a caramelized funk that translates to the palate along with hot green peppers and a beautiful heat that never burns. This one changes and opens up as it sits in your class and will sometimes give you a basement musty-ness that compliments the other notes. This is my desert island mezcal and I always plan to keep at least 2 bottles around.

manthunder on Dec 13, 2017

1 review

  • Overall:

Certainly not worth the 90 spent. Dry and complex, but without radiance. These flavors are not especially fun to parse through without a glass of water or topo Chico.

It is definitely sophisticated, very solid mezcal overall, but a slight miss from the always interesting label. This was distilled a year ago in Dec 2016. Hot at 51.6% and obviously so, with subdued hints of green spectrum, from pine to bell pepper. Some insectoid and sugarcane notes. Grumpy about my wallet, but tasty enough to session en copita.

Certainly not worth the 90 spent. Dry and complex, but without radiance. These flavors are not especially fun to parse through without a glass of water or topo Chico.
It is definitely sophisticated, very solid mezcal overall, but a slight miss from the always interesting label. This was distilled a year ago in Dec 2016. Hot at 51.6% and obviously so, with subdued hints of green spectrum, from pine to bell pepper. Some insectoid and sugarcane notes. Grumpy about my wallet, but tasty enough to ses

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Tyler on Dec 1, 2016

238 reviews

  • Overall:

Yummy tepextate from Aquilino. There are soft peppers and floral agave on the nose. Velvety mouthfeel. There is some saltiness with the spice on initial sip. I get notes of firewood, charred fruit, and hot peppers. Once you ease into this mezcal you notice an array of botanicals. Very tasty and not too overpowering considering the strong ABV. This review is for LOT A-08-T-16 which is 53.1% ABV.

Jonny on Dec 1, 2016

258 reviews

  • Overall:

Lot A-08-T-16. Made by Aguilino Garcia Lopez. Very clean on the nose and fruity in taste. The spice doesn’t overpower it as it does other Tepeztates, and it’s very high ABV. There is some copper in taste with notes of jalapeno, smoked green pepper, leather, and baked banana leaves. This is one of my favorite Tepeztate mezcals. It’s very hot, and very good.

Keith on Nov 22, 2016

33 reviews

  • Overall:

Lot A-08-T-16, 53.1% ABV, Aquillino. Minerality, green grapes, green olives, green chilies, light floral background, smoked brisket, prickly pear BBQ sauce, leather, campfire smoke. Spicy & substantial; more food like than beverage. A wonderful mezcal.

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