Tequila enthusiasts know that the only tequila worth drinking comes from 100% blue Weber agave. So, the next logical conclusion would be that the same agave would make a fine liqueur. Heaven Hill Distilleries, owners of Lunazul tequila debuted their latest product this summer. Called Mariposa (the Spanish word for the agave butterfly) it’s a light and sweet blend of agave nectar, tequila and vodka along with essences of rose oil and gardenia. Definitely a liqueur that is tailor-made for mixological experimentation.
Mariposa Agave Nectar Liqueur (60 proof)
Visual: Ultra light and very pale gold.
Nose: Quite floral with an almost grape-like scent. Unexpectedly fruity and candy-like.
Taste: A burst of vine fruit flavor with a hint of dry bitterness at the end. Lots of sweetness, but not cloying or sugary like the majority of non-herbal liqueurs.
Finish: The sweetness quickly gives way to a long and semi-tannic finish. It ends with a spicy note.
Overall: An unusual liqueur in the vein of elderflower. This makes for an interesting substitute for St. Germaine or even Curacao. Perfect for tequilas, vodkas and tropical drinks.
GSN Rating: B
For more information go to: Heaven Hill Distilleries