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.