Limited Edition Tequila Corralejo Extra Añejo 25 Anniversary Unveiled

31 Mar 2021
2 min read
The House of Corralejo has been producing authentic, top-shelf tequila for over 260 years. FOUR takes a closer look at the renowned Mexican tequila brand’s latest release: the special edition Corralejo Extra Añejo 25 Anniversary.

Founded in 1755, Corralejo is one of Mexico’s oldest and most authentic tequila producers. A brand whose cultural heritage attests to this claim, its origins lie in Pénjamo, Guanajuato, the birthplace of the father of Mexican independence, Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla. Corralejo’s products maintain their original values, as evidenced by the artisanal bottles manufactured in their own glass factory and filled with 100% agave liquor, all produced by locals.

As the country’s first commercial producer of tequila, the Corralejo name is well-respected in the tequila industry, as is their traditional method of tequila production. After harvest, the agave hearts are cooked in autoclaves and then crushed in a roller mill. The liquid is then placed into stainless steel tanks for fermentation. The fermented liquid then undergoes double distillation in a Charentais type still, after which the distillate is matured in a combination of French, American and Mexican oak barrels.

The brand’s latest release is a special edition Corralejo Extra Añejo 25 Anniversary. Aged for 5 years in American rye whiskey barrels, this tequila is a perfect mix of aromas and flavours, showcasing the delicate balance between the passion of the agave and the presence of rye.

During its 5-year maturation at the Corralejo house, the tequila adopts characteristic aromas and flavors, which give it a truly unique flavour profile. The white oak barrels used come from the Missouri area and were previously used for rye whiskey, which makes for a flavour-filled tequila unlike any other.

Appearance: Golden tones with amber sparkles, bright crystalline hue and oily body that shows its time in select barrels.

Nose: Intense oak and wood aroma with smoky and toasty notes. Dried fruit, butter, sweet vanilla, brown sugar and caramel aromas pair with soft cooked agave, cereal, apple and light spice notes like cinnamon, cloves and pepper.

Palate: Intense wood flavour and toasted notes with slight astringency. Intense cooked agave flavour and notes of cereals, delicate and marked sweet notes like vanilla, caramel and brown sugar with a pleasant buttery flavour. Dried fruit and light spices also come through on the palate.