Corralejo Tequila has released its limited-edition 25th Anniversary Extra Añejo Tequila, a tribute to 250 years of tequila-making tradition and 25 years of Corralejo Tequila. Aged five years in Templeton Rye Whiskey Barrels, only 1,600 bottles of the rare liquid will be made available.
Corralejo Tequila is produced at Hacienda Corralejo, the birthplace of Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costillo, renowned for launching the Mexican War of Independence. Located in Guanajuato, Mexico, Hacienda Corralejo became the first estate in Mexico to produce tequila as a commercial venture in 1755 and remains among a few distilleries granted the right to craft tequila outside of Jalisco. In 1996, Don Leonardo Rodriguez Moreno took ownership of the Hacienda, reinvigorating within it the spirit of tequila, and began producing Corralejo as a commercial venture. Now 25 years later, Corralejo honors the Hacienda’s original, unique distillation methods.
The 25th Anniversary Extra Añejo Tequila is made with 100% Blue Weber agave, hand-harvested from the Hacienda’s fields, slow-cooked the old-fashioned way in stone clay ovens for 36 hours, then fermented with a specialty strain of yeast developed in-house. Each tequila goes through a double distillation process, uniquely using column stills and Alembic copper stills imported from Spain, in the 400-year old Charentais method perfected by Cognac distillers in France. The liquid is aged in Templeton Rye American Whiskey barrels for five years.
“It is an honor to celebrate 25 years of Corralejo Tequila with such a rare and delicious liquid,” said Moreno. “This 25th Anniversary Extra Añejo celebrates and pays homage to the history, culture and heritage the Corralejo Tequila brand was built on, and that to this day remains within the Hacienda’s community.”
On those, the tequila offers pleasantly smoky aromas featuring notes of toasted oak combined with soft-cooked agave, sweet vanilla and brown sugar, with lightly spiced cinnamon, cloves and pepper. The palate delivers a strong cooked agave flavor with notes of rye cereals, delicately sweet hints of vanilla, caramel and brown sugar, and a pleasant buttery finish.
Bottled at 40% ABV, the limited-edition 25th Anniversary Extra Añejo is now available at select retailers for $349.99.
For more information, head over to Corralejo official website.