In this, my first tequila review in my new Viva Los Cabos Tequila Journal, I will be reviewing Tequila Corazon Anejo. I hope you will find that I find unique spirits to review, so you won’t be finding an Patron anejo reviews here.
Tequila Corazon de Agave Anejo is unique in that it is aged in George T. Stagg bourbon barrels, produced by the Buffalo Trace distillery. Frankly, I think Buffalo Trace bourbon is terrible, but the George T. Stagg is decent, so I was excited to try this anejo.
The Tasting Glass
All of my tastings are performed using the Glencairn glass, which is a crystal whiskey glass shaped like a traditional nosing copitas used in Scotland. It definitely helps direct the aroma up and out of the bowl.
In 2010, Corazon acquired the best barrels from the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection‚ including 21 barrels from each category of George T. Stagg, Sazerac Rye 18, Old Rip Van Winkle and Buffalo Trace. Using these award-winning barrels from Buffalo Trace provided its own flavor and unique characteristics to the Tequila. They were then stored in the first row at Casa San Matias aging facility in Acatic, Los Altos Jalisco, insuring the ideal level of air flow to aid in the aging process.
This tequila is aged 22 months. It is quite pale considering how long it stayed in the barrels. I can only assume this is because the barrels where not fresh, and were probably washed with bourbon.
Tequila Corazon Anejo has a light agave scent, with little oak, and I could detect a very slight hint of bourbon. It definitely lacks the carmely note found in longer aged tequila. There is also a faint smell of chocolate or cocoa. For me, there was an unenjoyable burn from the alcohol that I wasn’t expecting.
Interestingly, the first impression on the front of the tongue isn’t a spicy as the nose would indicate. In fact, I didn’t get much flavor until the mid-palate. Once there, the agave flavor was there, but it wasn’t the pure floral flavor I would expect in a $100 (in Washington) bottle of tequila. There was a hint of oak, on the mid-palate as well, however, the thing that was really missing to this point is the bourbon, of which I got none. The finish was overly harsh, with a pretty strong burn. Admittedly this dissipated a bit after a couple more sips, but again, I would have expected a smoother finish from this bottle of tequila.
Overall I was fairly disappointed by this bottle of tequila. Agave, nor bourbon, played a starring role in the flavor profile. The finish is harsh and lacked the oak and vanilla I would expect from an anejo. I have tried many bourbon barrel aged tequilas that harmonize agave and bourbon magnificently, which this did not accomplish. At this price point, you can almost buy two bottles of Cazadores Extra Anejo, which are far superior expressions of bourbon barrel aged tequila in my opinion.