Tequila Silver - Milagro Silver
Industrializadora de Agave San Isidro, Mexico
Milagro Tequila Silver, (Legenda del)
Importer: William Grant and Sons, New York, New York
PROOF: 80 (40%)
AGE: Fresh from the Still
TYPE: Silver (Blanca, Joven, Plata)
PRICE: $59.99 - 750 ML
Notes: This tequila is produced on the Highlands of Jalisco, the heart of tequila country. This is the youngest expression of this particular line - of which there are quite a few ranging in age and grades of distinction.
Milagro "Miracle" uses agave that are a an average of eight to twelve years old for their Tequila (others use agave as young as three years old). A more mature agave develops a better flavor of terroir (taste and sense of place) due to the longer growing period according to a number of experts. Milagro also uses a number of more traditional steps to make their tequila than many others - again slower more expensive processes but they pay off in the slow extraction and distillations.
First, they use hornos, the old style brick and stone ovens rather than the stainless steel autoclaves (that look a lot like wood drying kilns) After that the resulting juice is fermented to become mosto (fermented juice). It is then first fermented into ordinario (the English term would be low wine) it is then redistilled into tequila. In Milagros case they distill it 3 times rather than the more usual 2 times.
Appearance: Crystalline clear, lovely body almost a puddle of juice or sap in the glass. On swirling, it leaves a very light coating on the glass which then forms some very long legs which then fractionate into droplets on the sides of the nosing glass.
First Impression: Has a unmistakable aromatic hallmarks of a good tequila: salty, sweet brine, savory, herbal with a slightly drier Asian citrusy bouquet -like thai-lime leaves and Buddhas Hand Citron.
Taste: Slightly oily body. Nice citrus entry drying rapidly but pleasantly. Savory, mineral like with spice and citrus. Citrus, herbal, and slightly briny with a nice mineral feel with nice vegetal and grassy notes. Finish is medium-long, with lingering dry herbal,mineral and a touch of citrus.Very smooth, will change the mind of someone who doesn't care for tequila ,and delight those who do.
Drinks: Sip it, don't shoot it. One of the few silver tequilas you can drink straight and enjoyed. Wonderful margaritas, be sure to use fresh juice and Grand Marnier, Cointreau Noir, or Solerno - anything less would be an insult to the tequila and a waste.
Cigars: An Ashton, or Credo, Connecticut shade wrapper. Possibly a Hemingway Short Story or Rocky Patel Vintage.
Final Thoughts: Delicious, nicely done and understated. A touch pricey perhaps compared to some but they do make a effort to do things properly and not cut corners for speed or economy and it shows.
Bottle: Recycled clear glass bottle with rounded shoulders short neck and real cork closure with wooden cap. Bright blue glass at top and bottom with middle being somewhat more clear. Simple silkscreen name and small clear plastic label on back.
Web site: http://www.milagrotequila.com