Mezcal Vago Cuixe
About Mezcal Vago Cuixe
750ml & ~ 100 Proof, varies by batch
Vago exports Oaxaca's finest, most undiscovered mezcals. They identify and work with small batch Oaxacan mezcaleros, most of whom have never produced commercially before.
Mezcal Vago’s Cuixe is a connoisseur’s delight. Each batch is produced by a single mezcalero who hand-harvests the agave plants and uses traditional practices and methods to distill them into an extraordinary spirit to sip and savor.
This is a delicious, authentic, and intense mezcal. It's a spirit best for the mezcal lover, probably not the bottle for your first mezcal rodeo. But if you're curious and truly adventurous, who knows? It may be the start of a love affair.
To counteract the rapid depletion of wild agave from communal lands in Mexico (driven primarily by the mezcal boom of the last decade), Mezcal Vago plants three agaves for every one that it harvests.
The sheer vividness and novelty of these aromas warrant attention. Nosing this brings to mind a few peated scotches, but one sip leaves no doubt you are tasting an agave spirit. - Duncan McRoberts, Distiller.com
The mildly sweet, mineral-like aroma lures you in with wet slate, fresh tarragon and a breezy saline hint. The crisp palate echoes these notes, but on a grander scale, resounding with menthol and petrol, finishing big and relatively fiery with sea salt, smoke and slate. - Kara Newman, Wine Enthusiast
- Sipped slowly
- Pair with kombucha, fresh herbs, and citrus, for an off-the-beaten-path take on a summer refresher
Madrecuixe is a type of agave plant rarely used for mezcal. Because of its scarcity, and the difficulty in harvesting and producing it, this particular mezcal is available in limited quantities. Batches are generally small, 300 to 600 liters each, and there are 2 batches produced each year.
Mature Madrecuixe are required to make this special mezcal, and their maturation takes 13-15 years. Hearts of agave are hand harvested, then roasted for multiple days in an earthen oven built into the ground and completely exposed to the elements. A traditional stone tahona is used to grind the cooked agave. This is all fermented for about a week, before distillation in a copper still. No additional ingredients are used to make this mezcal other than agave and water.
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