Mijenta, the award-winning artisanal tequila from the highlands of Jalisco has announced the launch of its Reposado. The second expression from the prestigious hand-crafted, artisanal, sustainable tequila brand, Mijenta Reposado Tequila follows the launch of Mijenta Blanco Tequila in the UK in June 2021.
A super premium, small batch spirit that is carefully crafted with a commitment to environmental sustainability and support for the local community, Mijenta Reposado Tequila is aged up to six months in a blend of American white oak, French oak and French acacia casks. Presenting a more mature and fuller expression with a long finish on the palate, the Reposado possesses a delicate and inviting vanilla nose with notes of bergamot, honey, preserved fruits – such as cherry and pear – and orange blossom flowers, together with a mid-palate of cacao nibs.
As with Mijenta Blanco Tequila, Mexico-based Maestra Tequilera Ana Maria Romero oversaw the entire creation process of the Reposado. From selecting the best agave and bespoke barrels, to ageing and bottling the spirit, Romero sought to celebrate the traditions of Mexican craftsmanship, the best of the land and its people, while allowing the terroir to shine through.
Mijenta Reposado Tequila is a carbon neutral product from the Altos Planos Collective. From farm to bottle, Mijenta and its founders are committed to sustainable practices throughout production and ensuring the company is a carbon neutral operation. Working with Climate Partner, Mijenta was completely carbon neutral in 2021, offsetting 706T of CO2 (equivalent to planting 60,000 trees) through the Forest Protection Project in Chiapas, Mexico, helping over 1,500 families.
Mijenta is inspired by “Mi Gente” meaning “My People” and refers to a collective mindset, a way of being and a community of like-minded people who come together to celebrate life. Mijenta was founded in 2020 by a passionate team including former CEO of Bacardi, Mike Dolan, award-winning mixologist and entrepreneur, Juan Coronado and environmental consultant and activist, Elise Som.
“Mijenta respects the terroir of the Jalisco highlands, which is why we have aspired to craft a tequila that brings forth the region’s famous mineral-rich, red alkaline soil and unique fruity notes,” says Romero. “Our vision is to allow for the cooked agave, its spices and aromas to continue to develop delicately by interacting with both the used American oak casks and the new French acacia and French oak casks. This process ensures that the aromas balance while the ageing brings forth soft and deep flavours with a powerful mouthfeel. Each element is carefully calibrated to obtain an aromatic palate and a silkiness that is entirely unique to Mijenta.”
“It brings me great pleasure to introduce a new expression to the Mijenta Family. Mijenta Reposado’s distinct aromatic flavour profile and velvety texture illustrates a unique combination of Mijenta’s quality and artistry, distinguished by the core expression of Mijenta Blanco, the meticulous selection of our barrels, and a carefully curated ageing process,” adds Mijenta Co-Founder, Juan Coronado.
The journey of Reposado begins with the transfer of Mijenta Blanco into 42 hand-selected casks made from American white oak, French oak and French acacia. The award-winning Blanco, which was most recently awarded 97 points by the distinguished Tasting Panel Magazine and the 2020 Silver Medal at the prestigious LA Spirits Challenge by the spirits industry’s most renowned judges, presents a powerful body with honey, vanilla and caramel notes, along with flashes of tropical fruits such as peach, melon, pineapple that unfold on the nose with floral hints.
Each of the 180-litre barrels is filled to a specific level to allow room for oxygenation, an important element of the process as the spirit evolves from day to night. During the highest temperatures of the day, the tequila expands within the barrel, finding its way through the pores of the charred oaks and acacia, to encounter all the richness of the wood. At night, when the barrels cool off, the infused tequila returns to mix with the rest of the barrel. Over a period of six months, the tequila is tasted every 15 days to identify when it has reached its optimum flavour profile.
Mijenta Reposado Tequila is best enjoyed neat, on the rocks or as a nightcap cocktail, such as an Old Fashioned. It pairs well with dried fruit, soft cheeses, game meat, as well as flavourful Asian dishes. For dessert, Reposado is best savoured with vanilla flavours, coconut and semi-bitter chocolate.
Mijenta Reposado Tequila “Hola Summer”
50ml Mijenta Reposado Tequila | 20ml Fresh Lemon Juice | 15ml Bitter Aperitivo | 15ml Simple Syrup | 2 Dashes Peychaud’s Bitters Shake all ingredients and strain into a rocks glass. Garnish with a thyme sprig
Mijenta Reposado Tequila has recently been awarded a Master Award in The Spirits Business Tequila & Mezcal Masters 2022, 99 points by the distinguished Tasting Panel magazine and a Gold award by Tequila Aficionado.