Milagro Silver: 40% abv
Background: One of the struggles I have with tequila is that it seems to lack any sort of published information in a lot of cases. Brands are the only sources of information, and we all know how reliable those are. Milagro doesn’t seem to be much different. The story is about two college kids who love tequila and a master distiller who is tired of being told to cut corners. That sounds pretty good right off the bat; but it doesn’t have many facts for us. They talk about traditional processing, but who knows what they mean by that. We do know that Milagro Silver is produced at the Jalisco highlands and is 100% blue agave, which we like. Milagro Silver is triple distilled and is not aged, and that’s about all we care about. Among the rest of their range, they have a reposado, an anejo, and a “select barrel” series of tequilas for each of their different ages. Now, with no further ado, let’s work on some notes.
Nose: There is an initial sweetness that comes through in the nose, with definite aromas of agave, fresh lime, and a little lemon. There are some greens notes, as the tequila smells slightly grassy and there is some fresh mint that comes through as well. A bit of vanilla comes through on the nose, complimented by a mild cranberry scent and some light champagne. There is a little bit of a star fruit and orange aroma that comes out, which I can’t say is too common. Also, quite surprisingly, there is a little bit of saltiness that comes through in the nose. Finally, there was a bit of floral smell from the glass.
Arrival: The arrival some strong vanilla and agave coming through. There was a slight brininess in the beginning. There is a bit of cinnamon and clove that creep in. There is a sense of youngness to the arrival, with a pretty prominent alcohol flavor and burn. It is not to the fault of this tequila, and it shows promising character for their aged spirits, but it becomes noticeable in the arrival. The arrival is a little earthy, but it misses on complexity.
Body: The agave and vanilla become so prominent in the body, making sure you know this is a tequila. In our last review of Hornitos, you could have questioned what you were drinking, but here you cannot mistake it, and that’s exactly what you’ll find. There is a lime-like flavor that comes through in the body.
Finish: The obvious happens in the finish. There is a lot of agave that carries over from the body, but to mix things up, eccentric notes of pine and mint come through as well. There is a shadow of green apple that can be found with some digging. Somewhat of a metallic flavor, albeit not a strong one, but certainly a noticeable one, comes forward in the finish. There is a floral, bitter note that comes through in the finish with a bit of tea tree oil to boot. There is an intense earthiness that comes through, with a green note to it. There is also a slight bit of pineapple that comes through.
Nose: The sweetness on the nose, after adding some water, really comes forward. The agave becomes very prominent and sticks out, with some of the alcohol edginess coming to the front.
Arrival: The arrival feels very much the same, but it feels mellower than before. There is a bit of pear that comes through in addition to the original flavors. This is not a good start to the addition of water, which can be well expected with a 40% liquor.
Body: In the body, the addition of water actually kills off the sense of agave, with some dry spice and vanilla sticking out, but it becomes almost drown in the water addition. Granted, this is not very much water that’s being added.
Finish: The finish is almost completely obliterated by the addition of water. Although a bit of the vanilla sticks around, as well as a bit of bitterness and some additional graininess, most of it goes away, and the finish dies away quickly.
Final Comments: This starts off as a good, clean un-aged tequila. It is simple, which we expect from something in this context. There is a little bit of a bite to it, aside from the alcohol presence. It is crisp and light. This silver does not handle water very well, which is not a surprise for the alcohol content and the lack of age. What is this saying? Where does this fit in the tequila market? Well in my opinion, if you are going to mix some margaritas but don’t want the thick, woody taste profile of an anejo tequila, a silver tequila is your best bet, and although I don’t think this is THE best for drinking straight, it would make a good tequila for a solid mixed drink.
Why you’d buy it: It is good value for money, plus the bottle is pretty sexy
Why you wouldn’t: You don’t like the color blue, or you NEED to be drinking Patron to show your class.