Best of the Best 2013: Spirits: Milagro Unico Joven Tequila
When Riedel created a special glass for sipping tequila, the spirit’s reputation as a superpremium liquor was assured. Yet even without the endorsement of the famous Austrian crystal manufacturer, Milagro Unico (www.milagrotequila.com, $300) would affirm the category’s elevated status. The inspiration of Milagro’s cofounders, Daniel Schneeweiss and Moises Guindi, Milagro Unico—whose name means “unique miracle”—is a blend of premium blanco, reposado, and añejo tequilas. This composition requires that it be classified as joven, or young, even though its components include some of Milagro’s finest aged reserves. After resting for 30 days, this concentrated 100 percent agave distillate undergoes a filtering and oxygenation process that strips away its color and enhances its flavors. The result is a crystal-clear tequila that offers a complex bouquet of green olives and crisp lettuce, while flavors of delicate citrus, cedar, and buttery oak warm the palate. Only 1,200 handblown and numbered bottles were produced.