CORZO 100% Agave Tequilas are marketed in designer bottles. The remarkable thing about all three expressions is that the tequilas are every bit as alluring as the packaging. That’s genuinely good news because the distinctive angular bottles are absolutely gorgeous.
CORZO's range of award-winning tequilas are made in the Highlands of Jalisco at Bacardi y Compania—NOM 1487— a state of the art distillery that also produces super-premium Cazadores Tequila. The region's higher altitude, temperate climate and red volcanic soil produce agaves highly prized for their high brix/sugar content and floral, fruity character.
That said, the secret to CORZO's greatness lies in the exacting nature of its production. After harvesting, the jimadors take the extra step to cut away the bitter/acidic center cone—called the cogollo. It's a laborious process that effectively reduces the yield, but dramatically improves the quality and flavor of the finished tequila.
The agaves are then baked, shredded and double fermented using a natural strain of yeast. It's a slow process that lasts 7-9 days, which is about twice as long as what most producers do. Although a costly technique, it yields a more flavorful distillate.
CORZO tequilas are triple-distilled in stainless steel pot stills to produce a silky textured, lighter bodied tequila. Another aspect of production that distinguishes CORZO is something the distillery calls "double mellowing." Between the second and third distillation, the tequila is aged in small, white oak barrels to enhance its character and texture.
All-world CORZO Silver 100% Agave Tequila is one of those spirits that must be sipped neat to fully appreciate. Bottled fresh from the still, the tequila has pristine clarity and a medium-weight, creamy textured body. The clearest measure of its star power is its generous floral and fruit bouquet. The aromatics are enticing and succulent. Its entry raises little heat and quickly fills the mouth with the flavors of citrus, tropical fruit, black cherries and vanilla. The finish is long, cool and slightly spicy.
CORZO Reposado 100% Agave Tequila is barrel-aged for up to 3 months in oak. As is the case with the añejo, the barrels used to mature the tequila have two degrees of charring. Half of the oak casks are lightly toasted for a shallow char, while the other half are fired longer for a medium depth of char. The marriage results in more complex spirits with pronounced characters.
Case in point, CORZO Reposado has a light amber appearance, a velvety, medium-weight body and a bouquet laced with the aromas of lemon zest, vanilla and roasted almonds. Evidence of its stay in wood becomes evident with the emergence of honey, caramel and toasted oak flavors on the palate. The long finish is semisweet and lightly spiced.
Aged 12-14 months in American oak, CORZO Añejo 100% Agave Tequila is the elder statesman of the range. It has a pale gold hue, an oily, medium-weight body and an ample bouquet of caramel, mocha, vanilla ice cream and dried fruit. The skillfully balanced tequila delivers waves of long-lasting flavors, including dates, dark chocolate, raisins and baking spice. Its finish is marked with light wisps of smoke. The añejo is a perfect choice to savor neat.
The Corzo bottle is indeed striking. The award-winning packaging was designed by fashion luminary Fabien Baron, who has also designed packaging for Calvin Klein, Viktor & Rolf and Carolina Herrera. The innovative bottle design inspired the modern Mexican architecture of Luis Barragan.
In every possible respect, CORZO tequilas are elegant and sublime. Salud!