Mezcal Vago is a true love story about Judah Kuper, an American surfer on the hunt for the perfect wave and how he came to meet his future wife who’s family are Mezcal Producers. You can read the lovely story on their official website. It is also yet another proof that you have no say in your destiny with Mezcal when Mayahuel puts her forces in power in the look for new preachers.
Our first encounter with Judah was on an internet forum sometime in 2013 while planning a trip to Oaxaca. We met up in his bodega, a tiny little garage where he bottled, labeled and packaged everything for export. But more than that, he had a kick ass mezcal collection he gladly shared. We were getting deeper into Mezcal, definitely no turning back now.
|Esnsamble en Barro|
|Alc. Vol.||50.5% abv|
|Maguey:||54% Espadin, Agave Angustifolia 46% Mexicano, Agave Rhodacatha|
|Mezcalero:||Salomón Rey Rodriguez “Tio Rey”|
|Location:||Sola de Vega|
|Elevation:||Roughly 1600 meters|
|Batch Size:||297 Liters|
|Oven:||conical oven underground, fired by wood. Cooking time 4-5 days|
|Milling:||Milled by hand with mallets|
|Fermentation:||Natural fermentation in Wooden Vats|
|Destillation:||Double Distilled in 50L Clay Pots|
|Notes:||Claypot Mezcal is something truly unique. Unfortunately they are both fragile and costly and many producers go through 5-6 stills a year.|