Apologies HBR readers for the lack of Weekly Wine, I was rather ill, and neglected to get my compatriot to get scores from the weekly tasting. (I’ll be sure to keep a backlog of personal wines for a rainy day from now on.) Anyway that aside let’s move onto the complete opposite of wine, with some tequila. Yes continuing on with some lighter less recognized spirits we move onto Agavales Tequila
Sadly though this continuation is too much of a continuation. When writing the article for these tequila, shortly after the tasting I had a burp. Yes we are a serious enough review site to discuss bodily actions so sit down and read. Anyway in that burp I got more of a taste from this tequila than it had going down. No I’m not a young man anymore, and my days of throwing things back casually are long gone.
I was however hit with a conundrum, was this week and last’s tequila actually rather strong, and it was just me having built up some kind of Mexican themed immunity?
No. I went an found a nip of Jose and tested myself – sometimes your tequila can just be weak, and lacking flavor. Milagro again proving that there is a balance to strive for, if only it could achieve a balance between something we like and Eurotrash.
What they Say: “Has been produced with the best agaves of the Jalisco Region”
Taste: 4.0 – This suffers from the same problem last week’s Tarantula had, while this is less a ‘tequila flavored gin’ it’s just not too weak to be enjoyed. Tequila is all about balance of the agave, other flavors and power, and this is not doing a good job at that balance.
Aftertaste: 3.5 – The agave here can be described as a wisp. It’s like a bit of the taste comes up, and then floats away. The taste is otherwise non-existent.
Burn/Smooth: 5.0 – It’s not killing you going down, but there’s a distinct character to it that causes it to not go down smoothly. I wish that it was tied to a taste, but it’s its own beast.
Aroma: 8.0 – That may be one of my favorite tequila smells. It’s got the right amount of agave and sweetness, and if you really dig in you will get that ethanol, but it’s otherwise very pleasant.
Honesty: 6.0 – Their talk is simple, and I like that. The bottle is what initially drew me (not because of aesthetics, but because – ooh it’s flat it will sit behind the New Amsterdam in my bar nicely. (I may be a nerd.) If not for the raised agave’s covering the glass you’d almost mistake it for a cheap Gordon’s PET bottle though. Overall I can’t give high scores because as far as a tequila goes, this lacks enough of it.
w/ Lime: 4.0 – This falls sadly for the same reason the taste falls, in that you just get lime because the taste is so weak.
Tequila Sunrise: 4.0 – It just disappears here, I mean maybe if you make your sunrise’s with a splash of OJ this is for you, but I want something to taste.
Value: 4.5 – While that may be cheaper than some alternatives, the issue is that when you pay that little extra you actually get you know – the rest of the tequila. Which this clearly forgot.
Google Shop Average: $13
Metric Score: 35.0/70 |+| Metric Average: 5.0 |+| Reviewer Average: 3.5
I bought this for the sake of efficiency, so let it be said. While yes you may be able to complete your development project with a standard bike rack – maybe you should ask that crazy designer who has an affinity for carbon fiber and large cats to make it for you. Because while it may not make sense, at least it’s something you can enjoy if you look at it the right way.
That metaphor very quickly ran away from me..