(NOM 1368)

Corralejo is one of the rare tequila producers outside the state of Jalisco. Located in Pénjamo, in the state of Guanajuato, the Hacienda Corralejo dates back to 1755 and was built by Mayor Pedro Sanchez de Tagle, who is reputed to be the first maker of tequila in Mexico.

Leonardo Rodriguez, a glass bottle manufacturer, purchased the property in 1989. Hr refurbished the plant and opened the new facility in June of 1996. Corralejo was designed to attract tourists, and includes tours and tasting as part of its day-to-day operations.

Corralejo produces 100% blue agave tequilas exclusively, using traditional production methods. Agaves are roasted in hornos, milled, fermented, and then distilled in new copper stills imported from Spain. Their style emphasizes smoky, earthy agave aromas and flavors with a light mouth feel and finish. The Reposado was introduced into California in November 1997. An Añejo will be available in January 1998. Distribution will spread to other selected states as production increases.

Tasting notes

Corralejo Reposado: Golden brown in color, it is strong and pungent on the attack. Sencillo complexity and moderate intensity. High earthy agave and mezcal-like smoky aromas dominate. Thin in the mouth with low sweetness. The flavors are earthy, smoky and doughy. The finish is of medium length with tingly alcohol.