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Whereas we repeatedly cowl Corazon Tequila’s particular editions — aged in a wide range of uncommon Buffalo Hint whiskey barrels — we haven’t reviewed the core lineup of tequila since some embarrassingly primitive protection manner again in 2008, after they got here packaged in breakage-prone decanters with lengthy, fragile necks. Issues have modified for Corazon since then, with extra conventional, squat bottles (and significantly decrease costs), although they’re now designated as single property tequila — made on the Highlands-based Casa San Matias property.
Corazon has a decidedly uncommon character to it compared to most of what’s available on the market in the present day, so let’s dive in and see if we will shake out what makes it completely different.
All are 80 proof. NOM 1103. (Sure, we’re lastly going to start out itemizing NOMs.)
Corazón Blanco Tequila (2022) – Instantly curious. The nostril melds white pepper, melon, baking spice, and clear linen notes, all whipped right into a swirl with components of camphor and a few industrial ethanol notes within the combine. The palate hits you with spice — extra pepper, black and inexperienced, plus some rosemary notes — earlier than providing only a contact of melon-driven sweetness and a reasonably highly effective agave spine. Whereas my 2008 evaluation was awfully primary, it at the least fixated on this closely vegetal core, with a nod to what I’d now describe as a bittersweet conclusion (albeit one nonetheless laced with lime peel or lime leaf). No relation in any way to San Matias’s blanco. B / $28 [BUY IT NOW FROM DRIZLY]
Corazón Reposado Tequila (2022) – Aged 6-8 months in American oak barrels. Huge with butterscotch notes on the nostril, and light-weight touches of lemon pepper. There’s an intense natural character right here, each on nostril and palate, the lemony sharpness providing a nice counterpoint to the heavy agave components within the combine. There’s ample pepper on the tongue, by no means overbearing and fairly energetic, although notes of smoky barbecued beef distract considerably from the lighter fruit notes evident within the blanco. That smokiness tends to dominate on the end, although it battles valiantly with the citrus within the combine for superiority. B+ / $33 [BUY IT NOW FROM DRIZLY]
Corazón Anejo Tequila (2022) – After 16-18 months of age, Corazon’s anejo takes on a deeper hue however initially carries an identical character on the nostril: bolder butterscotch at first, main into an astringent, nearly medicinal character because it develops. These mint and camphor notes evident within the blanco are ramped up right here, quickly giving the nostril a slightly pungent, industrial high quality to it that’s laborious to shake. The palate is extra agreeable, the sweetness melding with dusky barrel notes to maintain these industrial notes at bay. That stated, it doesn’t actually construct on what the reposado has began, coming throughout as slightly inexperienced and savory as a substitute of candy and mellow. Followers of extra intense, agave-forward anejos might discover this extra to their liking, however I may by no means actually get my arms round it. B- / $37 [BUY IT NOW FROM DRIZLY]