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Vago Tobala en Barro

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.

Rating: (4 reviews)
Brand:Vago Mezcal
NOM:NOM-O188X
Mezcalero:Salomon Rey Rodriguez
Agave:Tobala
Grind:Hand
Distillation:Clay Pot
Style:Joven
State:Oaxaca
Town:Sola de Vega
ABV: 48%
Age of plant: 17-18 years
Website: http://www.masmezcal.com/mezcalvago/mezcal-vago-tobala-en-barro
About this mezcal

Vago Tobala en Barro is made by Salomon Rey Rodriguez (Tio Rey) in Sola de Vega. This mezcal is made with agave Tobala that are 17-18 years old when they are harvested. The sustainable harvest of this majestic agave is very important to him, and he just 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.

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.

4 reviews

5 of out 5 stars


Jonny on Nov 30, 2018

259 reviews

  • Overall:

Lot S-02A-TOB-17. From April 2017. 35 total liters in the batch. Smells like bananas. The palate is full of mangos, papaya, and dark fruit. This is really good. There’s a weird turn halfway through this. It goes from dark fruit to something else entirely. It’s almost as if this turns a corner halfway through. It’s honestly tough to describe. There’s a tailing flavor of wild apples. When I first tasted this, I thought “wow this is over-rated,” but the more I sip it, the more complex it becomes.

Lot S-02A-TOB-17. From April 2017. 35 total liters in the batch. Smells like bananas. The palate is full of mangos, papaya, and dark fruit. This is really good. There’s a weird turn halfway through this. It goes from dark fruit to something else entirely. It’s almost as if this turns a corner halfway through. It’s honestly tough to describe. There’s a tailing flavor of wild apples. When I first tasted this, I thought “wow this is over-rated,” but the more I sip it, the more complex i

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Squashplayer on Mar 23, 2018

19 reviews

  • Overall:

From the April 2017 batch of 78 liters. Wow! Worth your while to seek out this small batch. More fruit and sweetness flavors in this one compared to other tobalas I have tasted. Also with nice hint of clay on the finish. Bravo Tío Rey!

Tyler on Feb 27, 2018

239 reviews

  • Overall:

This is one of the rarest regular releases from Tio Rey at Mezcal Vago. I’ve had this a few times but my recent experience was unforgettable. The initial flavors are a rush of sweet citrus, then organic agave, soft, clay, and dried fruit. The flavor of chocolate orange is present through the whole experience – very much like orange liqueur as another reviewer noted. This is incredibly composed with zero bite. Enjoying this was like settling back into a comfy antique leather chair. I tried a recent batch from April 2017. Only 78 liters at 52.2% ABV.

This is one of the rarest regular releases from Tio Rey at Mezcal Vago. I’ve had this a few times but my recent experience was unforgettable. The initial flavors are a rush of sweet citrus, then organic agave, soft, clay, and dried fruit. The flavor of chocolate orange is present through the whole experience – very much like orange liqueur as another reviewer noted. This is incredibly composed with zero bite. Enjoying this was like settling back into a comfy antique leather chair. I

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Keith on May 25, 2017

33 reviews

  • Overall:

Lot S-96-TOB-16, 48.2% ABV, April 2016, dark, deep, rich, multi-layered. Vegetal notes emerge occasionally, sometimes spice, sometimes something else. Very long, lingering finish, with taste & feel of orange liqueur and sticky chocolate on the lips. A wonderfully sophisticated mezcal.

There’s unique hybridization occurring on Tio Rey’s ranch. One example is his cultivated Tobala agave, which are much larger at maturity than typical Agave Potatorum species found elsewhere.

Lot S-96-TOB-16, 48.2% ABV, April 2016, dark, deep, rich, multi-layered. Vegetal notes emerge occasionally, sometimes spice, sometimes something else. Very long, lingering finish, with taste & feel of orange liqueur and sticky chocolate on the lips. A wonderfully sophisticated mezcal.
There’s unique hybridization occurring on Tio Rey’s ranch. One example is his cultivated Tobala agave, which are much larger at maturity than typical Agave Potatorum species found elsewhere.

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