Milagro Tequila Romance Review
We like to give the interns a chance to take a stab at writing their own reviews once in a while - it keeps their thoughts away from that mutiny they're always threatening. Our latest review is from the newest addition to our team, Intern Josh, and we'd love to hear what you think of his review of Milagro Tequila Romance.
Read his take on this two-headed monstrosity after the jump, and please feel free to add your comment and let us know if you've tried the Romance, and what you think of the review.
Milagro Tequila Romance
Reposado and Anejo Tequilas
Typical Price: Over $100 for 750ML (Available at Internet Wines & Spirits)
The Company Line:
Inner chambers are amazingly suspended inside the unique outer bottle. The 3 inner chambers are filled with 100% Blue Agave Select Barrel Reserve Anejo, each chamber representing a year of its aging to maturity. The outer chamber is filled with 100% Blue Agave Reposado aged to perfection for 9 months in oak barrels. Whichever tequila you choose to savor, Tequila Romance truly is a miracle.
A little known fact is that tequila is the new wine, the sensuous liquor to get the girl and make the man. Ok, maybe we’re exaggerating a little, but we’re re-thinking all of it now that we’ve tried Milagro Romance. This premium tequila is described by the manufacturer as “a combination of Select Barrel Reserve Reposado and Select Barrel Reserve Anejo which comes in a distinctive, two-vessel bottle unlike any other.”
We would have to agree, the bottle is amazing. This is actually two tequilas in one. There is an inner bottle with anejo and an outer bottle with reposado, then a pour spout for each one. It is one of the coolest looking liquor bottles that we've seen, and probably also one of the most fragile so either make this one of the first bottles that you pour during the night, or make someone a DP (Designated Pourer). After all, the worst alcohol abuse is spilling premium liquor on the floor.
As some of you may know, Tequila can legally only be produced in Mexico, in the "Tequila" Region (yes, an actual geographical place). 100% blue agave tequila is the best kind, as agave is the plant used to make tequila. Within this particular bottle we have two different types of 100% blue agave tequila, both 80 proof.
The inner one (the darker tequila) is an anejo and the outer is a reposado. They are both different in color and different in taste as well. Both are aged in white oak barrels, which is what gives them any color at all. However, the anejo is simply aged longer, and therefore it picks up more of a dark color from the wood, and also a smoky taste.
The reposado is both lighter in color and lighter in taste. It is quite mellow, and you will initially smell the agave plant more than the oak. The smell hints of the citrus and agave in other premium tequilas such as Patron, but also slightly woody. Upon drinking it, the anejo has a very slow finish which does not burn and will be enjoyable even for amateur tequila drinkers.
The anejo was markedly woodier and although the smell was only slightly different, it had quite a bit more bite than the reposado. The bite cannot be compared with the bite of inferior tequilas. The Romance delivers with a lover’s nibble of the ear instead of the ankle-biting of a pit bull which can be associated with lower-end tequilas. This anejo can be considered a true sipping tequila and we think that it deserves to be enjoyed, not slammed, as the sophistication of the vanilla, oak and agave overtones will only come out with an extended aftertaste session.
Because we like the taste of agave, we generally prefer lighter, or blanco tequilas. These are not aged in barrels at all. However, with Milagro Romance even the anejo was amazingly smooth and we can see why this bottle costs over a hundred dollars for a liter (hit up your local’s bar manager to get a bottle before you buy one yourself). It hits the palate both sweet and hard. Definitely not for the amateur but this special occasion bottle, although expensive, will be worth it for the tequila connoisseur.
It certainly has taken a special place in our hearts and stomachs.
We are in love with the Romance. Cheers!
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Posted by Jake at May 2, 2007 8:46 AM