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Vago Tobala – Aquilino Garcia Lopez

Vago Tobala from Aquilino Garcia Lopez has an earthy, complex flavor and is full bodied with subtle hints of cloves and nutmeg.

Rating: (4 reviews)
Brand:Vago Mezcal
Mezcalero:Aquilino Garcia Lopez
Town:Candelaria Yegole
ABV: 50%
Website: https://www.mezcalvago.com/, opens in new window
Ownership:Heaven Hill

About this mezcal

Vago Tobala from Aquilino Garcia Lopez has a mild pine nose. Its earthy, complex flavor is full bodied and has subtle hints of cloves and nutmeg. Like other Vago mezcal, the specifics of each bottle may depend on the batch.

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.

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Member rating

4.13 out of 5

4 reviews



144 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars4 years ago

Sweet, loaded with honey, melon and pineapple. Earthy, and oddly artificial. Delicious clay and stanky agave blends with pepper, leather and vegetal funk.

Really unique and interesting, and certainly powerful. Loads of unique flavors, especially that rich vegetal note. I’m a fan.



385 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars4 years ago

Classic tobala notes. Sweetgum, pinon, and a long pappys-pipe finish. Very good, but hits like a note or two on the piano… not a whole concierto



229 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars5 years ago

Aquilino 2014. Wow this is like nothing else I’ve had. Coffee bomb! Has a Carmel macchiato taste that I wasn’t expecting. Must try if you scope it.



708 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars8 years ago

Lot A-24-DV-TB-14 with fermentation date of March 2014. 637 litres from Aquilino. Amazing! This is very clean on the nose with a slight hint of lavender and lots of coffee! It’s incredibly soft for 52.1% ABV. If you see this batch, you owe it to yourself to buy the bottle. Tasting notes of fresh vegetation and fruit – orange, green cantaloupe, freshly cut grass, sweet ground pepper, and more fresh coffee. This is totally unique and I highly recommend it!

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