Review: Mi Campo Tequila – Blanco and Reposado
Mi Campo (my field) is a new tequila brand — dubbed “a tequila for millennials” by Forbes writer Joseph Micallef — with a curious niche. Combining unusual barrel finishing with 100% agave spirit and a surprisingly low price, Mi Campo is trying to do something new while keeping quality up and prices down. Mucho gusto, so far at least.
The brand launched with two expressions — a blanco and a reposado — and below we review them both.
Both are 80 proof.
Mi Campo Blanco Tequila – Not a pure blanco but actually a tequila that’s been lightly rested in French oak Napa wine casks (what type of wine is not disclosed, nor is the length of the resting). The tequila looks clear unless you hold it up to a light source, whereupon a light yellow tint is revealed. The nose immediately reveals this is not your typical blanco. A distinct Mexican chocolate note is easily evident, alongside notes of vanilla and mint, and very little of the pungent, herbal agave you typically find in a blanco. It smells like a reposado, really. The palate is similar, though more agave creeps through to find the tongue. Notes of green pepper and jalapeno are significant, with more of a black pepper note on the finish. Lots of caramel lingers on the back end, reminding you — significantly — of the barrel treatment, and making you forget once again that this is allegedly a blanco. B+
Mi Campo Reposado Tequila – This is where Mi Campo doubles down; again, the tequila is aged in wine barrels, though it’s unclear for how long. The nose picks up those caramel and vanilla notes from the blanco and runs with them, offering a richness typically reserved for anejo tequila. A touch of mint is evident here as well, along with that peppery punch of agave. On the palate: More of the same, really. As with the blanco, there’s a somewhat clearer agave character on the palate than on the nose, and that herbal, peppery note is bigger on the finish, too. Ultimately, however, this greenness weighs things down quite a bit, and rather dulls a spirit that otherwise starts out so bright. B+ [BUY IT NOW FROM CASKERS]
each $25 / tequilamicampo.com