Vago Tobala en Barro is an elegant and earthy clay pot distilled mezcal. It’s made in very small batches and is hard to find.
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|COMERCAM:||0362A0091435A, opens in new window|
|Mezcalero:||Salomon "Tio Rey" Rodriguez|
|Town:||Sola de Vega|
|Age of plant:||17-18 years|
|Website:||https://www.masmezcal.com/mezcalvago/mezcal-vago-tobala-en-barro, opens in new window|
|Ownership:||Samson & Surrey|
About this mezcal
Vago Tobala en Barro is made by Salomon Rey Rodriguez (Tio Rey) in Sola de Vega. This mezcal is made with Maguey Tobala (Agave potatorum) that are 17-18 years old when they are harvested. The sustainable harvest of this majestic agave is very important to him, and he has planted over 40,000 new agave plants to ensure that Tobala production will continue in Sola de Vega for many years to come. This mezcal is distilled to proof, meaning that there is no water added to adjust ABV after distillation.
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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