All tagged Aquilino

Sierra Negra A-07-SN-08

For the first time ever, Aquilino has released a 100% batch of beautiful Sierra Negra.

This 84-liter  batch was created from only seven wild-harvested piñas, weighing 999 kilograms, each piña having an average weight of 315 pounds. They were all harvested by hand on February 3rd from the Loma de Cocoshle parcel, belonging to his brother Benito.

Tepeztate/Sierra Negra A-12-TSN-17

If you clamor long enough, and loud enough, we promise we will eventually answer! Three years after our release of the much sought-after original Tepeztate/Sierra Negra ensamble, Aquilino has finally been able to scrounge up enough rare Sierra Negra to craft a second batch of one of his hallmark mezcals.

Ensamble de Aquilino A-10-CTE-16

We were incredibly humbled by the overwhelming response to our previous batch of ensamble from Aquilino, or "Curry-30," as it became affectionately known. However, we were not anticipating the number of hearts that would be broken when people realized that it was released exclusively in the East Bay of Northern California. We decided to be a bit more democratic with our next ensamble; a triple-agave blend produced by Aquilino García López at his palenque in Candelaria Yegolé, Oaxaca (16°29'41.36"N, 96°18'38.69"W). It was produced in early summer 2017 from a 48/28/23 blend 803 kg of wild Cuixe, 472 kg of wild Tepeztate and 380 kg of cultivated Espadín, which yielded just 172 liters of explosive awesomeness. 

Mezcal Vago Mexicano

Mezcal Vago’s Mexicano is a treat for connoisseurs. It has a great balance of spiciness and sweetness that is distinct to the Agave Mexicano. Aquilino’s techniques highlight these characteristics from the spicy aroma through a touch of sweetness on the finish.   This mezcal has become renowned for it’s elegance and is beautiful sipped on it’s own.  The hints of cacao, cinnamon, and vanilla make it a perfect digestif or pairing with dessert.

Mezcal Vago Tobalá

The Agave Tobalá is the most coveted in all agave. It is a small, difficult to cultivate agave, and has very distinct flavor characteristics. There are many references to the prized Tobalá in Oaxacan culture. Its Latin name is Agave Potatorum.

The entire Mezcal Vago Madre Cuixe batch was sold to The Henry Wine Group in California in July Of 2014.  Most of the bottles eventually went to on premise accounts throughout California who have shown their love for Mezcal Vago products.  If you want to try this unique mezcal, you will have to go find it!

Mezcal Vago Espadín

A mezcalero’s mezcal made from Agave Espadín tells a lot about that mezcalero’s style and craftsmanship.  Because specific notes can’t be attributed to different agave types, the characteristics of a mezcal Espadín can be very indicative of the hand of the maker.  Mezcal Vago is particularly proud of Aquilino’s Espadín and feel it expresses the style of his family heritage and home region.

Cobre y Barro

This unique batch of mezcal was made by master mezcalero Aquilino García Lopez in the town of Candelaria Yegolé, Oaxaca. The three types of agave used are 50% Espadín, 25% Tepeztate and 25% Cuixe. The agave was roasted in an earthen pit for two and half days, ground with a stone wheel, fermented for 8 days in open wooden vats and twice distilled in a 250 Liter copper pot still. The mezcal was then rested for 31 days in antique clay cántaros. The entire 101 liter batch was purchsed by our dear friends at The Pastry War in Houston, Texas.