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Anejos T Tequila.net April 12, 2008 45025
I initially stumbled across the Corralejo Brands in a Duty Free shop and the "sexy"Â bottles caught my eye, so I bought the three available labels and took them home for a sample taste. I fell in love with the Anejo (red bottle) and decided to look into the Corralejo product line a little more. I found that the Gran Corralejo was never released for general sale into the United States, so I used every means available to find one. I contacted the distillery and found that there were initially only 2000 cases made and that they had been commissioned five years earlier by the President of Mexico to be released on the eve of the new millennium. I got my hands on two bottles, and found the Gran Corralejo to be, without any doubt whatsoever, the smoothest Tequila I have ever put to my lips. I have tasted bottles that cost me as much as $1200 (US), and still, the Gran Corralejo I found for $85 (US) is the finest sipping tequila I have ever tried. My brother and his girlfriend, neither of whom can stand the taste of the Agave, both loved this as well. Since the initial (5-year aged) batch was produced, subsequent batches of Gran Corralejo has since been aged for two years. Aroma is inviting with an oaky character, as well as a palate rich with the flavors of sweet spice, citrus fruit, caramel and vanilla and sits easy on the nose yet does not overwhelm. It comes across as light, semi-sweet and very smooth, with an easy Agave â€œbiteâ€Â that some people find distasteful and stays smooth throughout the tasting. The flavor grows releasing touches of mild fruit, vanilla, spices, and a bit of a floral note. For some this may not be desirable but I found this unique taste is what made this tequila memorable long after swallowing. Its body is more a fine liquid and less an oily presentation like so many of the finer Tequilas are. It is not like many other Anejos in that it is not tremendously robust nor heavily Agave in taste, relying rather on its own depth of flavors. It goes down without any sort of attack on the palate and slides down the throat like a fine wine. The taste is there, but not at all overwhelming. The price is phenomenal for the product you're getting. I've found only two places in the US that sell it, and only one of them is a distributor. The other is a private seller. I've been able to get this Tequila for as little as $85. The bottle is Crown shaped and is a testament to the King of Spain from that time in History when Tequila was first presented to the Spaniards by the regions natives. It's perfect amber color, set in this bottle makes it a perfect centerpiece for any private mantle or bar. I just found two more bottles and am preparing to open them and see if they're as good as the first batch. I'll let you know.