Review: Milagro Tequila Select Barrel Reserve Silver (2010)
60 bucks is a lot to pay for a silver tequila, so it better be good, right?
Well, even if it’s not, it helps if it’s a work of art. Milagro’s Select Barrel Reserve line come in some of the most gorgeous bottles I’ve ever seen, amazingly crafted with a glass rendition of an agave plant blown right into the base. It really has to be seen to believe, and once you do you’ll understand the reason for the plastic, padded case the bottle comes in.
Fortunately Milagro’s SBR Silver (100% blue agave, of course, and 80 proof) has the legs to go the distance with its looks. I’m not a huge fan of Milagro’s standard bottlings, but SBR is a significant improvement, toning down the bite of standard Milagro considerably. Here, however, though aged for 30 days in oak, it shows an awfully strong charcoal character, perhaps the result of too-aggressive filtering. Agave is huge here, with an herbal punch and a touch of mellow caramel on the finish. Still has some kick to it, though, before fading into that charred finale.
A very worthwhile tequila, but I regret to inform you’ll find better tasting tequilas for less money — though they’ll be nowhere near as pretty.