In this world, sometimes you find things, and other times they find you. While in Mexico with an ear infection, Judah Kuper met his future wife and ended up marrying into a family of fifth-generation mezcaleros living in Oaxaca’s southern mountains. That love ignited a passion for mezcal as well—so much so that with his longtime friend Dylan Sloan, he started Mezcal Vago. The company bottles six mezcals from three producers, including some unique spirits like Elote, which distiller Aquilino Garcia Lopez makes with roasted corn. With its charred-corn aromas, buttery texture and hints of cinnamon and huitlacoche, it’s a slow sipper that evokes summer cookouts.
Reviewed in W&S Winter 2014.