Vago Ensamble de Barrio Mezcal, 750ML
Vago Ensamble is different from the Vago Ensamble en Barro in that it is made by Aquilino in his copper stills in Candeleria Yegole. The first Ensamble from Aquilino was a 2016 limited release that was only available in the East Bay of Northern California. This release was aptly nicknamed, the “Curry-30” batch, as Steph Curry is reportedly a big fan of mezcal and he’s obviously very popular in that area. The Curry-30 batch was an Ensamble of (49%) Madre-cuishe and (51%) Mexicano. The second Aquilino Ensamble was released in 2017 and is an Ensamble of (48%) wild agave Cuixe, (29%) wild Tepeztate, and (23%) cultivated Espadin. The Curry-30 batch was 162 litres. The second batch was 172 litres.
MEZCALERO: Aquilino Garcia Lopez
AGAVE: Espadin, Cuixe, Madrecuixe, Mexicano, Tepeztate
DISTILLATION: Double distilled in Copper
VILLAGE: Candelaria Yegole
ALCOHOL: 50.9% ABV
OVEN: Conic Earth Pit Oven
FERMENTATION: Wood Vats
About This Producer:
It is their belief that all Mezcal should be clear and unaged, so everything they make is Joven. They believe that storing or aging Mezcal in wood should be avoided, as it chemically alters the Mezcal, adding flavors that traditionally were not there. On the front label of each of their bottles, all the information is there about who made it, what pueblo, what agave, details in the process, size of batch and more. This information may vary by batch. This is connoisseur mezcal. They aim to empower both the master craftsmen with a celebration of his art, and also the consumer by giving them the knowledge they need to find a great mezcal. All of their mezcals are joven (young) and clear. Beginning in the late spring of 2017, Vago began using different color labels for their different mezcaleros. Emigdio distills in copper with refrescador. Aquilino distills in copper. Tio Rey distills in clay pots.
By Mezcal Reviews