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Tequila Corazon de Agave Reposado

Tequila Corazón de
Agave Reposado


By Robert Plotkin

Reposados are the bestselling style of tequila in Mexico, and with good reason. Allowing the spirit to rest for a short while in oak barrels is a beneficial thing. It adds a hint of color, a splash of complementary flavors and tones down some of the tequila's inherent exuberance. Reposados possess some of the natural vibrancy of blanco tequilas and some of the mature elegance of añejos. They are the near perfect marriage of style. An ideal example is Tequila Corazón de Agave Reposado.

The Corazón range of tequilas is crafted at Casa San Matías, an estate distillery situated on the red volcanic soil of the Highlands of Tepatitlán. For more than a century, it has earned renown for handcrafting exquisite artisanal tequilas. These 100% agave tequilas are made from estate-grown agaves using an innovative blend of traditional distilling methods with a few innovative twists.

After harvesting, the agave piñas are slowly baked in stone ovens, slowly fermented and double-distilled in the estate's stainless steel stills. A significant point of distinction is that Casa San Matías uses only pure mineral water sourced from nearby springs in its tequila. The result is tequila worthy of its critical acclaim. Near the end of the second distillation oxygen is injected into the tequila, a technique responsible for its soft, velvety textured body.

Tequila Corazón de Agave Reposado is a sublime, sophisticated spirit. It's matured in ex-bourbon barrels for up to a year, which is a sufficient amount of time to mellow the tequila's character while leaving the character of the agave unaffected by the tannins in the wood. The reposado receives a pulse of oxygen once it leaves the barrel, which endows it with a lush medium-weight body. It addition to its curvaceous figure, the pale amber spirit has a generous vanilla, fruit and floral bouquet. The mouth filling palate offers up the flavors of caramel, baking spices and toasted oak, all of which persist long into the warm spicy finish. It's a reposado loaded with finesse and lip-tingling charm.

Tequila Corazón de Agave Añejo is aged in ex-bourbon barrels for a minimum of 2 years and oxygenated prior to bottling. It has a deep amber hue and an engaging floral and fruit bouquet. The palate is brimming with caramel, spice, pepper and oaky vanilla and the finish is like a pleasant dream. It's tailor-made for those looking for an elegant tequila to savor in a snifter.

Aficionados and enthusiasts alike will appreciate the unadulterated beauty of Tequila Corazón de Agave Blanco. After the tequila is drawn from the still, it's rested 24 hours before being bottled at 80 proof. It's fresh, exuberant and unfettered by the effects of barrel aging. The tequila is crystal clear and has a generous fruit and floral bouquet. The initial entry is soft and demure, but then the palate quickly expands filling the mouth with the dry spicy flavors of herbs and black pepper. The thoroughly satisfying finish is quite long and features notes of fruit and spice.

It's most appropriate that Tequila Corazón comes packaged in a beautiful bottle. All three expressions are Highland gems, world-class works of art well worth experiencing. Salud!