The fabulous Milagro tequila was launched by Daniel Schneeweiss and Moises Guindi who were originally from Mexico city this was when more than 20% of the country’s crop of agave became infected from a bacteria. Due to the shortage of the agave due to this incident the price of the agave inflated significantly from about seven cents per kg to above $1.40 per kilo which according to Schneeweiss puts them out of business which also sheds light on the launch of his company over 15 years back.
The Milgaro tequila is created from one hundred percent blue agave and these are matured for eight to twelve years before they can be harvested by expert jimadors. After the agave is harvested, the pinas or the core of the agave is removed with a small knife. Then the pinas are taken to the distillery and are roasted in small ovens of clay for approximately 36 hours. It is due to these clay ovens which largely contribute to the lightly smoky flavor of the agave while comparing it to the stainless steel autoclaves which are utilized by the larger and most of the tequila distillers, which develop a more vigorous and sweet tequila.
Once the pinas have been roasted these are then crushed and are also fermented before it can be distilled to about three times. It is done twice through a pot made of copper and then it is done for the third time through a column still. Where most of the tequilas are distilled twice, in this case, the third distillation allows for the agave thrusting flavor silhouette.
Milagro Select Barrel Reserve Silver Tequila is mellowed for just over one month in French white oak barrels. The barrels impart faint hints of cinnamon and spice to the tequila, and complement its notes of herbs and fresh citrus. Milagro Select Silver earned a score of 94 points from the Ultimate Spirits Challenge in 2012, and was rated the best blanco tequila in the entire competition. In addition, it earned the Double Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2013.
Milagro Select Barrel Reserve Reposado Tequila is matured for ten months in French white oak barrels. It has a honey, amber color, along with an aroma of vanilla and oak. The tones of fresh pepper and creamy vanilla also team up with the notes of cinnamon, bold citrus and baking spices, and result in bringing us to a dry finish. Milagro Select Reposado earned a score of 91 points from the Ultimate Spirits Challenge in 2012 and earned the Double Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2009. Along with this it also acquired a score of 96-100 points from Wine Enthusiast.
To me, this is a great tequila to use in a tequila sunrise. I'm probably in the minority using a blanco tequila in that drink but that's just my personal preference.