Two alcohol postings in a row? Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it's been that
kind of week.
I must admit that it was the stellar packaging that first drew me to Corzo tequila. Bold, elegant, reminiscent of a giant perfume bottle with an off-center spout, Corzo's bottle and packaging materials stand out from the rest of the run-of-the-mill tequila bottles. And in a highly competitive spirits market this is important. (As a side note, the designer in me uttered the usual "but of course!" when I learned that the entire packaging was designed by star designer-to-the-fashion-industry Fabien Baron.)
Corzo is a super-premium tequila from Bacardi. While on a tour and meeting with Bacardi years ago in Miami for a small freelance assignment I learned that the world's largest, privately held family-owned spirits company didn't have a successful tequila brand in their portfolio. It was hard to comprehend. No tequila? After a few years in development it looks as if Corzo will attempt to change that.
The process of making tequila isn't easy. It's long, labor intensive and oftentimes results in inferior products. It's no wonder why people clutch their foreheads and say "no tequila, please". But the truth is, just like everything else, quality does matter. Corzo uses only the heart of the agave plant from the Los Altos region of the State of Jalisco, Mexico's primary agave growing region. Corzo features twice the agave per liter than other premium tequilas. In fact, it's the only tequila I know of that distills after aging, resulting in a smooth, refined taste that begs to be sipped and savored.
Ok, it's beautifully designed, backed by the big wallets of Bacardi, and made by a patented process. But how does it taste? Even better than it looks, if you can believe it. Corzo Silver
is the only variety I'd include in a cocktail, and that's not because it's not good by itself. It's great by itself, with notes of citrus and vanilla. Corzo Reposado
is aged in oak barrels, giving it notes of oak and honey. It's truly delicious and begs to be sipped neat. Corzo Anejo
is incredibly smooth with much more character than its younger siblings and should be enjoyed slowly. I wasn't able to find out how long the Anejo is aged but suffice it to say that however long, well, it's perfect.
As with all spirits, please enjoy in moderation!