With Cinco de Mayo fast approaching, plans for the perfect barbeque may be derailed by a simple question: what drinks should I serve? Of course, beer is a must, but what else? Bourbon is a perfect choice. But what if you’re serving more Mexican fair to go along with the celebration? Tequila would be more appropriate. Now, there’s a way to do both.
Corozan’s Expressions Tequilas. Three impressive tequilas barrel-aged in ex-bourbon barrels, from esteemed distillers Buffalo Trace, George T. Stagg, and Sazerac Rye, and a special Artisanal Blanco as their bases. Each bourbon imparts complex flavors to the tequila, turning an already noteworthy drink into something truly remarkable.
Corazon Artisanal Edition Blanco Tequila is tequila in its purest form: un-aged and crystal clear. Powerful agave scents lead the nose towards more subtle citrus and spice notes. But on the tongue it is more subdued, with more agave and touches of vanilla and spice. Not overly harsh, the mid-palate brings out some warmer spice and depth, without becoming harsh. The finish is soft and smooth, ending with clean and refreshing agave flavor.
Corazon Buffalo Trace Reposado Tequila starts off life as Artisanal Blanco before aging in ex-Buffalo Trace barrels for ten and a half months. This short ageing period is only enough to impart a pale-gold hue, but it more than makes up for this in flavor. Buffalo Trace, a complex and powerful whiskey, is first apparent in the nose, where heavy oak and spice leads before giving way to the tequila’s natural agave. But on the tongue, the oak is balanced well by the bourbon and tequila’s spice, which intermingle in delightful ways. It expands during the mid-palate, without becoming overpowering, into bourbon notes of caramel and vanilla. The tequilla ends superbly with the clean agave flavors balanced by the bourbon’s sweetness in a long and lingering finish.
Corazon George T. Stagg Anejo is aged for a longer 22 months, but is only marginally darker than the Buffalo Trace. The tequila opens with a simple nose, primarily oak with hints of citrus and caramel. But this is not a tequila for sniffing; it is for drinking. The agave is balanced well by more caramel, expanding nicely into oak and bourbon sweetness. It ends cleanly, but richly, far closer to a bourbon than a tequila.
Corazon Sazerac Rye Anejo is the darkest of the three (but still very pale), aged for 24 months. It opens with oak again, but is tempered by curious fruit and butterscotch notes. It’s higher alcohol content creates more classic tequila spice and heat, with agave holding its own against caramel and subtle citrus. Though it burns noticeably initially, the finish cools substantially into lasting caramel sweetness.
Whether you enjoy tequila, bourbon, or both, there is something special in each of these fine tequilas. Feliz Cinco de Mayo!