Corralejo Reposado Tequila
Review: Corralejo Reposado Tequila (81/100)
a review by Chip Dykstra (Aka Arctic Wolf)
Posted May 27, 2016
Hacienda Corralejo was established in 1775 by Don Pedro Sanchez de Tagle in the Mexican State of Guanajuato. The distillery (Nom 1368 CRT) uses traditional methods of fermentation and distillation with clay ovens used to cook the agave and copper pot stills used for the distillation.
According to the Corralejo website their Reposado Tequila is an aged in America Oak barrels. As a reposado spirit, the tequila must be aged a minimum of two months, but less than a year in oak barrels of any size. I could find no information on the company website indicating the exact aging time for this brand; it could be that the time of aging varies depending upon when the master blender feels the spirit is ready to be bottled. The website indicates the Corralejo Reposado is bottled at 38 % alcohol by volume which is probably true for the domestic market; however, my sample bottle ( available in Canada) is labelled, 40 % alcohol by volume which is also the bottling proof of the spirit in the USA.
In the Bottle 4.5/5
I really like the presentation of the Corralejo Tequila. It has caught my eye more than once in the local retail outlets. It is unique, and to me, it seems to capture a feeling of festive Mexican spirit. The only quibble I have is that the bottle is so tall and slender, that not only does it not fit my tequila shelf very well, it is also very easy to tip over if jostled. I have recently adjusted my shelves to accommodate these taller bottles as I seem to be accumulating more than a few, and I admit that the bottle looks just fine amongst the other bottles on my shelf in spite of my minor misgivings.
In the Glass 8/10
When I poured the Corralejo Reposado into my glencairn glass, I noticed that the spirit has a pale amber colour consistent with a tequila which has spent a short time in oak. When I tilt my glass and give it a slow swirl I notice that the crest which formed on top of the oily sheen on the inside of the glass gave up small droplets which formed slender legs which ran back into the bottom of the glass.
The nose of the glass carries a mixture of caramel/ butterscotch, light fruity agave and mild white pepper. Both the aroma of agave and spicy pepper were muted which gives me the impression that this reposado tequila promises to be very approachable. After waiting for a few minutes I nosed the glass again hoping to find a more assertive agave aroma, but the glass remains dominated by light caramel and vanilla.
In the Mouth 48.5/60
The tequila has a light buttery texture which coats the palate and tongue allowing the flavours to spread out and linger. Unfortunately strong fruity agave and peppery citrus zest are not playing starring roles in the flavour profile. They are more like supporting actors in the performance. Lightly sweet butterscotch and gentle vanilla have the lead roles, and if I am to be blunt, the spirit tastes almost like a cane enhanced mixto rather than the 100 % agave spirit which the label promises.
I mixed a Simple Margarita, and found the cocktail satisfying although I do admit it perhaps did not have a firm agave push. It would be a serving which I would bring out when I had a guest who wanted to dip his toe in tequila cocktails; but not necessarily would this guest want jump all the way in. Based upon that thought process I decided that the Corralejo Reposado Tequila would be a good spirit for me to use to revive one of my old Tequila recipes, a tall serving called The Deep Blue Goodbye (see recipe below). This tall soda filled serving seems to be exactly right.
In the Throat 12/15
The exit is smooth but quite ordinary. There is some welcome peppery heat, but not enough agave flavour to make the exit memorable.
The Afterburn 8/10
The Corralejo Reposado is one of the mildest tequilas I have tasted to this point in my explorations. I would go so far as to say it is a tequila to serve to those persons who do not like tequila. There is no swamping of the palate with fruity agave, and very little spicy heat to fire our imagination. It is smooth and easy to drink though, so if you have a party with a wide variety of palates, it is a safe choice.
You may read some of my other Tequila Reviews (click the link) if you wish to have some comparative reviews.
Deep Blue Good-bye
1 1/2 oz Corralejo Reposado
1/2 oz Bols Blue (Curacao)
3/4 oz Lemon juice
1 tsp Agave Syrup
Ice (4-5 Large Ice-Cubes)
Soda (Club Soda, Sprite or 7-Up)
Fill a long Collins glass with ice
Add the Tequila, Bols Blue, and Lemon Juice
Stir and complete with lemon-lime soda
Please enjoy the spirits and cocktails I recommend responsibly, it is my intention to help you drink better spirits and cocktails, not to help you drink more spirits and cocktails!
You may (loosely) interpret the scores as follows.
0-25 A spirit with a rating this low would actually kill you.
26-49 Depending upon your fortitude you might actually survive this.
50 -59 You are safe to drink this…but you shouldn’t.
60-69 Substandard swill which you may offer to people you do not want to see again.
70-74 Now we have a fair mixing Tequila. Accept this but make sure it is mixed into a cocktail.
75-79 You may begin to serve this to friends, (we are probably still cocktail in territory).
80-84 We begin to enjoy this spirit neat or on the rocks. (I will still primarily mix cocktails)
85-89 Excellent for sipping or for mixing delicious cocktails!
90-94 Definitely a primary sipping spirit, in fact you may want to hoard this for yourself.
95-97.5 The Cream of the Crop
98+ I haven’t met this bottle yet…but I want to.
Very loosely we may put my scores into terms that you may be familiar with on a Gold, Silver, and Bronze medal scale as follows:
70 – 79.5 Bronze Medal (Recommended only as a mixer)
80 – 89.5 Silver Medal (Recommended for sipping and or a high quality mixer)
90 – 95 Gold Medal (Highly recommended for sipping and for sublime cocktails.)
95.5+ Platinum Award (Highest Recommendation)