Corazón Tequila is announcing the 2019 release of its limited line of Expresiones del Corazón. Each year Corazón releases a unique lineup of barrel-aged tequila expressions. This year the lineup includes Buffalo Trace Distillery Old 22 Añejo, Sazerac Rye Añejo, and Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Añejo, all of which were aged in barrels that previously held some of the world’s most highly awarded whiskies from Buffalo Trace Distillery. Also part of the lineup is the Artisanal Blanco.
The Buffalo Trace Distillery Old 22 Añejo was aged at least 22 months in Buffalo Trace Distillery bourbon barrels which held whiskey aged at least 22 years. This tequila tastes of wood, caramel, almond, chocolate, and has a taste of ripe plum and light roasted coffee on the finish.
Sazerac Rye Añejo was aged 24 months in Sazerac Rye barrels, and has a dense texture that tastes incredibly soft and balanced.
Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Añejo was aged 19 months in Thomas H. Handy barrels and has a smooth, lightly sweet flavor and a dense texture with a soft, harmonious finish.
The Artisanal Blanco was held for 60 days in stainless steel, and with less aging, is able to brilliantly express the terroir in the tequila. This expression has a sweet, soft, mint, eucalyptus and slightly tangy taste.
Many factors play a role in the creation of these tequilas, however inside the barrel is where all the magic takes place, and is what makes the Expresiones del Corazón line so unique. These tequilas were aged in barrels that once held some of the most sought-after whiskies, each of which imparted its own unique flavor, creating one-of-a-kind tequilas.
The Corazón brand, which falls under the Sazerac umbrella, is produced in Acatic, Los Altos Jalisco at the Casa San Matías Distillery, which has more than 130 years of tequila making experience. That tequila-making experience paired with Buffalo Trace Distillery’s renowned whiskey-making expertise creates an exciting new lineup for this fifth release of Expresiones del Corazón.
The Expresiones del Corazón line has garnered a number of top awards over the years for various limited release expressions. Most recently, Sazerac Rye Añejo was awarded a Double Gold medal at the 2019 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, and Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Añejo was awarded a Gold medal. Buffalo Trace Distillery Old 22 Añejo was awarded a Gold medal at the 2018 Los Angeles International Spirits Competition.
“The unique aging process mixed with the impressive feedback we continue to receive from competitions worldwide tells us that our combination of Buffalo Trace Distillery bourbon barrels and Corazón Tequila is a perfect match,” Tequila Marketing Director Megan Hurtuk said. “We are so excited for everyone to experience this year’s line-up of Expresiones del Corazón.”
Using 100 percent blue agave from the highlands of Jalisco, the brix for Expresiones del Corazón are measured to determine sugar levels before harvest, rather than a traditional clear cut. Two sets of agave were harvested, one with a lower sugar content and flavored a little drier, and one with a higher sugar content considered a little sweeter for agave, resulting in more floral notes. The result was a harmonization of the two sets of agave in the Blanco, which was then used as the base for the other Expresiones del Corazón.
The agave is slow cooked in stone ovens before being distilled in stainless steel pots using fresh spring water from the Jalisco highlands. The filled barrels are stored in the first row at Casa San Matías aging facility in Acatic, Los Altos Jalisco, where the barrels receive the ideal level of air flow to aid in the aging process. The barrels are then evaluated every two months until the desired characteristics are achieved. They are then bottled as single barrel tequilas.
Expresiones del Corazón are now available nationally, however quantities are very limited. The suggested retail price for the Artisanal Blanco is $59.99, Buffalo Trace Distillery Old 22 Añejo is $79.99, Sazerac Rye Añejo is $79.99 and Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Añejo is $79.99. The Artisanal Blanco, Buffalo Trace Distillery Old 22 Añejo, and Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Añejo are each 80 proof and the Sazerac Rye Añejo is 90 proof.