In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, Central Mexico-based distiller Tequila Corralejo will release 1,000 cases of 1821 Extra Anejo (1821) in the U.S. The limited-edition product, imported by Infinium Spirits, is the latest offering from the award-winning line.
The 1821 Extra Anejo is produced with 100 percent Blue Weber Agave tequila at Hacienda Corralejo in Guanajuato, Mexico, where the agave is slow-cooked in stone clay ovens for 27 hours, then rested for 12 hours before being double-distilled in copper pot stills.
Corralejo employs the 400-year-old Charentais method of distillation, the same method perfected by the French in distilling cognac. The 1821 was then aged for 36 months in American oak barrels for a smooth tequila flavor.
The 1821 Extra Anejo is named in honor of Mexican independence from Spain, achieved in the year after which the product is named. Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, a priest born at Hacienda Corralejo — where 1821 Extra Anejo is produced — launched the Mexican War of Independence in 1810, primarily out of protest against the treatment by Spain’s ruling class of Mexico’s poor. Hidalgo is still today known as the father of Mexican independence.
Corralejo is the No. 3-selling ultra-premium tequila brand in the U.S., according to AC Nielsen. Corralejo’s production methods date back to 1755, when Hacienda Corralejo became the first estate in Mexico to produce tequila commercially.
“Corralejo 1821 is liquid gold and reflects our commitment to quality and tradition,” said Managing Director Don Leonardo Rodriguez Moreno, a 25-year beverage industry veteran, in a statement. “We are the only tequila using the Charentais distillation method commonly associated with cognac production and have used the same time-honored recipe for 23 years.”
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