TEQUILA READY FOR PRIME TIME
By Michael Hepworth
Milagro Tequila has been around since 1977, but now
that Scottish distillery William Grant & Sons have muscled in with
their distribution know-how, look for Milagro (miracle in Spanish) more
and more. Founded by two college students passionate about Tequila, there
are now six different versions to choose from, the Super Premium Line and
the high end Select Barrel Reserve Silver, Reposado and Anejo.
The Select Barrel Reserve varieties enjoy their lengthy aging and
mellowing in French Oak Barrels, equaling the quality of the hand blown
glass bottles, countered around the outline of an agave plant.
All Milagro Tequilas are produced in small batches up
in the highlands of Jalisco using clay ovens, and the slow roasting is
allegedly six times longer than that of its competitors.
The triple distillation rounds off the process to
produce a premium tequila that this writer anyway found extremely smooth
and of a superior taste. Other writers have found the Silver to be a bit
harsh for their palate, but no similar complaints with the Reposado or
Anejo versions. The Super
Premium Reposado is aged about six months in American Oak, and the sweet
tasting Anejo for eighteen months, even though for the Select Barrel
versions that time frame is extended for up to three years for the Anejo.
The Reposado in particular is of superior quality,
partly because I was told due to the lack of caramel which is normally
added to most reposado’s. Instead you get a taste of milk chocolate,
nougat, green vegetables and oak. Milagro
has also won a fair sprinkling of awards recently, including the 2008
London Spirits Competition Best in Class for all three varieties, and even
more recently a cachet of awards at the just concluded 2009 San Francisco
Milagro also proudly boasts that their tequila is
ideal in creating the “World’s Freshest Margarita,” by adding the
syrupy agave nectar and lime juice instead of the normal margarita mix.
Browsing around liquor retailers on the internet I found a large variance
on how much some of the Milagro brands can cost all the way from $22 for
the Premium Silver up to $90 for the Select Barrel Reserve Anejo.
There are also a large variety of types and styles if you are not
overly familiar with the brand, which is slightly confusing, but the
effort to track down the right Milagro brand for your particular taste
will be well worth the effort. In particular, Milagro Romance is extremely
high end and looks like a tequila well worth investing in.