Vago Espadin by Aquilino Garcia

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Vago Espadin Mezcal, 750ML

Vago Espadin has a light aroma of sweet potatoes, citrus and flint. Its palate has hints of anise and plantains with a long pine and caramel finish.  This is not a Mezcal for the light-hearted.  It has a deep taste that can be difficult for new Mezcal drinkers. Aquilino Garcia Lopez has made the Vago Espadin for many years, but as of late 2016, Vago began releasing small batches of Espadin from a new mezcalero named Don Joel Barriga Aragon. Joel is Aquilino’s cousin and his family has also been making mezcal for many generations. Aquilino worked with Joel for several months to ensure that Joel’s mezcal Espadin would be similar to his own. Vago is bringing in Don Joel (and his son, Adan) so that Aquilino can focus more on Vago Elote and other more rare small batch mezcals.

Technical Specifications:

MEZCALERO: Aquilino Garcia Lopez, Emigdio Jarquín Ramirez, Joel Barriga
AGAVE: Espadin
DISTILLATION: Double distilled in Copper 
REGION: Oaxaca
VILLAGE: Candelaria Yegole, Hacienda Tapanala, Miahuatlan
OVEN: Conic Earth Pit Oven
MILLING: Tahona  

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. 

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