Mezcal Vago Aquilino Garcia Espadin

The Schtick: Distilled by the late, great, Aquilino Garcia in 2015, this old batch was just sitting on a local shelf here in Wisconsin begging to be purchased. Produced by Aquilino using a copper still, this is his Espadin.

Review #2069 | Mezcal Review #219

Distiller: Aquilino Garcia

Bottler: Mezcal Vago

Brand: Mezcal Vago


ABV: 50.2% ABV

Age: NA

Nose: Sweet on the nose, a light cocoa note is present along with papaya-like sweetness, honey and a touch of salinity.

Taste: Big smoke on the palate, kind of unexpected based on the sweetness of the nose. Char, some light brine, big sweet cream notes and a touch of acrid plastic.

Finish: Long ashy finish that touches on the sweetness of the nose a hair, big grilled pineapple notes, and vanilla bean sweetness.

Overall: I like this, though fans of less smoke may find it a bit intense. There’s great fruit (grilled pineapple) and creamy sweetness that we come to expect from Espadin, and the smoke note helps keep it from cloying sweetness.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 6

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