Not too many years ago, the price of fine tequila began skyrocketing. In part, increased demand was to blame. Oh, but we also were told that there was an agave shortage. Yikes—might we run out of tequila
Today, one can find agave nectar jars in the grocery store (spread it on toast!), and there also is agave liqueur being sold. Funny how quickly things change!
Mariposa (60 proof) is an agave nectar liqueur that contains rose oil and gardenia. Mariposa was cooked up by the folks at Heaven Hill in Bardstown, Kentucky. Whiskey drinkers will recognize that name—Heaven Hill makes Evan Williams and other fine brands of Bourbon. Whether this liqueur is made in MExico or Kentucky or where is hard to discern—the bottle’s label does not say.
The Wall Street Journal reported that agave nectar is significantly sweeter than sugar.
We believe it. One taste of Mariposa and we nearly gagged on the intensity. Sure, the rose oil and gardenia flavors were present, but the sweetness overwhelmed our palate. (Meanwhile, Forbes gushed over this product.)
The bottle suggests putting a measure of Mariposa in a glass of bubbly. That might work. But, for the time being, we are steering clear of this booze. (Rating: Not Good)