Aguamiel is the sap of the agave plant. It’s the stuff they actually make pulque out of, not tequila, but let’s put that aside, since it’s still a pretty good name for a spirit.
Aguamiel the tequila is made from a mix of Highlands and Lowlands agaves — 100% Weber, of course — from plants a minimum of 8 years old. The operation currently has a reposado and a blanco in its arsenal; here we review the blanco on its own.
Herbal and sharply citrusy on the nose, Aguamiel presents as a classic blanco, hinting at vanilla and studded with notes of white pepper. The palate has a modest sweetness, with more of that white pepper character and just a hint of bitter bell pepper in the mix. But overall, the palate comes across as silky and moderately sweet, with a brown sugar note dominant. The experience sweetens up further as the finish approaches, taking on a lightly candied character that moves from lemon to orange over time. Bright and fun, this is a solid, versatile mixer that also drinks well on its own.
A- / $32