A name like Ambhar makes me think more of my local tandoori shack than a line of tequilas, but such is life… and such is the booze business. The company behind Ambhar says the name refers to an ancient goddess of the same moniker, but all I can find online when googling “Ambhar” are searches in Las Vegas for a bikini-clad “tequila goddess” to represent the brand.
All of these tequilas are 100% blue agave, bottled at 80 proof. Bottles are hand-bottled and individually numbered. All are 80 proof. All of those reviewed below are from batch #1.
Ambhar Platinum Tequila – This blanco/silver tequila is exceptionally clean, and while it offers a smooth and rich agave character, it’s got more of a citrus, lime, and almost tropical character to it. Ambhar calls the nose floral, I’d suggest they’re a bit more perfumy than flowery. A very delicate spirit and quite delicious. A- / $50 [BUY IT NOW FROM THE WHISKY EXCHANGE]
Ambhar Reposado Tequila – Aged in oak for just under a year, this pale yellow spirit is easygoing but offers a strong wood punch, which mutes a lot of the nuance of the Platinum, replacing it with oak chips and some brown sugar notes. It’s a fun and lively tequila, but it’s not as intriguing as the Platinum. B+ / $55 [BUY IT NOW FROM THE WHISKY EXCHANGE]
Ambhar Anejo Tequila – Aged over two years in Bourbon barrels, giving this Anejo a whiskey-brown color and a deep, cocoa-inflected flavor to it. The agave is, surprisingly, stronger in the Anejo than in the Reposado, and it’s balanced by caramel notes. Lots of wood here, still, as you’d expect, but slightly better balance than the Reposado. B+ / $60