Nearly all of the great spirits of the world are twice distilled in copper pot stills according to a process perfected by the French some 400 years ago. It is the Méthode Charentaise and it's an essential aspect of crafting artisanal spirits. In short, the process entails discarding the beginning and end portions of a distillation run and keeping only the optimum, middle portion of the run, which is called the "heart." The French found that if the process is repeated and the "heart" was distilled a second time, the result was a magnificent, character-laden spirit.
So what benefit is there to re-distilling a spirit a third time? An innovative few discovered that when triple distillation is done with skill and artistry, the resulting spirit further develops a lightweight, silky textured body. Such is the case with Tequila Corralejo Reposado Triple Destilado 100% de Agave.
Corralejo's luxury class reposado is a perfect example. The triple-distilled tequila is barrel-aged for a minimum of four months in French, American and Encino oak. After it is blended with column-distilled tequila, the reposado has a pale golden hue and an engaging bouquet of citrus, vanilla and anise with subtle fruit notes. The tequila's delicate, lightweight body raises little heat as it delivers its flavor payload of lemon zest, cacao, vanilla, honey and toasted oak. The lingering finish is smooth and flavorful.
No wonder sophisticated Corralejo Reposado is so popular. The triple-distilled marvel is distilled fresh and exuberant like a blanco, all the while elegant and flavorful like an añejo. It's an utterly captivating combination.
Founded in 1775 in the town of Pénjamo, Hacienda Corralejo (NOM 1368) makes tequila using only traditional production techniques. The harvested mature agaves are brought to the distillery where they are cooked in stone clay ovens, milled to extract their juice and then allowed to slowly ferment over the course of several days. Some of the fermented juice is in copper alembic stills, while the remainder of the batch is continuous distilled. The two tequilas are blended together prior to being bottled at 40% alcohol (80 proof).
In addition to the triple-distilled reposado, the Hacienda Corralejo portfolio includes an unaged blanco and a double-distilled reposado barrel-aged for a minimum of four months in French, American and Encino oak. Tequila Corralejo Añejo is a noble tequila is matured for a minimum of a year in charred, American white oak barrels.