Tequila Tres Magueyes Reposado: Incredible Flavor and Tradition
I have had a lot of experience with Tequila 3 Magueyes, not only have a nocked back my fair share of shots, but I also had the experience of working with 3 Magueyes back in the early 1990s. During that time, my father owned a design and print shop, he helped redesign and add some finishing touches to the “back then” new Don Julio bottles.
I remember when we were doing the labels our office was given a bottle of Don Julio reposado, it was a gift to help inspire us, and let me tell you, after a few sips we were more than inspired.
As you can imagine, Tequila 3 Magueyes has always been one of my top tequila picks but, unfortunately, while the NOM 1449 is still active it seems that they no longer make Tequila 3 Magueyes.
I know most people have heard the name Don Julio but not have heard about Tequila 3 Magueyes, back in the 80s and 90s this reposado was popular and many people love its traditional flavor, that was until Don Julio became popular, after that that the 3 Magueyes brand kind of got swept under the rug and forgotten about.
This may have had to do with Seagrams and later Diageo buying out the company, or who knows what other factors caused them to cease production.
I picked up a bottle of Tequila 3 Magueyes Reposado that was hidden away in a small “hole in the wall” liquor store in Jocotepec, Jalisco. I paid $200.00 pesos ($11.00 U.S.D) The bottle I bought is 38% ABV and was date-stamped 2003. It had been over a decade since I had a bottle of this tequila and this is a gem if you can still find an older 100% agave bottle.
The 750 ml bottle has a yellow label with red lettering, the label is surrounded by three agave plants and, other things that distinguish the bottle are the embossed 3 Magueyes logo on the back of the bottle.
Tequila 3 Magueyes Reposado has a nice smell of cooked Agave with a small presence of vanilla oak.
It starts out sweet followed by a big punch of agave with hints cinnamon, vanilla, and toasted nuts. It finishes with a lot of oak.
It’s not one of the smoothest tequilas “which is what I like” but once it opens up it smooths out a bit, the fact that its a little on the strong side gives this tequila character.
I know some people would like to mix this, I personally would not however it might go good in a margarita, but drinking it straight would be the way to go.
This is an incredible tequila, that I would buy again, I have seen that there are still bottles available. When I find them I will try and pick up a few more to add to my collection. If you can get your hands on a bottle you should it’s not expensive and I personally think you will enjoy it.
Note: At the time of my writing this article, I have not been able to confirm that 3 Magueyes is till producing their reposado. If you someone has more info I would welcome your comments below if you know something I don’t know.
Produced: Los Altos Jalisco
Cooking: Stone/Brick Ovens
Extraction: Roller Mill
Fermentation: 100% agave, Stainless steel tanks
Distillation: 2x distilled
Still: Stainless w/Copper Coil
Alcohol content 38% alcohol