Mariposa Agave Nectar Liqueur is my first chance to taste the flavor of an agave nectar in the form of a liqueur. I must say, the complexity of such a product goes far above that of a standard agave nectar syrup that I use for my margaritas and such cocktail creations. Initially, I was tricked by the aroma of this beautiful light gold spirit, I got a huge nose of reposado tequila and some nice sweetness. I understand that Mariposa has 100% de Agave Tequila as part of its recipe but the nose was speaking nothing more than “I am all about tequila baby!”
My initial sip was surprising–the fact that the tequila flavor really didn’t come through like it did on the nose. Like I stated in the tasting notes, the orange came through very easy for me as I’m a big orange fruit and orange juice fan but this orange was a bit more of a blossom floral scent. Then, after seeing some tasting notes from Mariposa’s tasting notes did I get the very dominante juniper.
Juniper… yes, I managed to not get this initial taste but there was that lingering “what is this flavor I’m getting” question in my head but I couldn’t find the words to describe it. Yes, there was a definite juniper mid-palate transition all wrapped in a nice agave nectar sweetness. The body is light and not too over-the-top with thick and heavy viscosity like some more United Stated based schnapps products. This is definitely a liqueur as one should imagine it.
For roughly USD $25, you cannot miss with this newly release liqueur, I would have thought the flavor and complexity would lead to, at least, a USD $45 product. Mariposa has created a very beautiful spirit that will extend many great cocktails especially that of a margarita. I suggest you bust out a margarita and use Mariposa Agave Nectar Liqueur instead of an orange liqueur.