About Corralejo Tequila Añejo 99000 Horas
Hacienda Corralejo, located just outside of Pénjamo in the Mexican state of Guanajuato, was the first estate in Mexico to produce tequila as a commercial venture, and as such, it is among only a few distilleries granted the right to produce tequila in a province other than Jalisco. The hacienda, which was originally built in 1700, is surrounded by blue weber agave as far as the eye can see, and has been making tequila deeply rooted in history, tradition and the vibrant culture of Mexico for nearly 250 years.
Corralejo tequila is made with 100% Blue Weber agave. The majority of the used agave is estate-grown, which allows the distillers to control the quality from the very beginning. This quality assurance process starts when the agave plants are only 2–3 years old, when stable and healthy shoots, or hijuelos, are selected and planted in a specialty soil blend. When the agave is fully ripe at the age of 6–8 years, it is harvested and the leaves are removed. The piñas are slowly roasted in a stone clay oven for 36 hours, rested for 12 hours, and pressed to extract the juice, which is then fermented for 36 hours. The distillery uses a proprietary strain of years, LCORRA1, which was cultivated from the very first press of the estate agave, and developed in partnership with the Universidad de Guanajuato. All of Corralejo tequilas are double distilled using the Charentais method, which is rare in the tequila industry. The fermented juice (mosto) is first distilled in a continuous or column still, while the second distillation takes place in an Alembic copper pot still, resulting in a refined and wonderfully aromatic tequila. If not bottled unaged as Blanco, the tequila is put in oak barrels to mature. The tequila is then bottled at the estate, giving its producers complete oversight until the very last production step.
Corralejo Añejo 99000 Horas tequila is made from 100% Blue Weber agave hand-harvested from the fields in the state of Guanajuato. After it is distilled using the 400-year-old Charentais method, this expression is aged for 18 months is small American oak barrels. Its name is a reference to the 99,000 hours it takes from the moment the agave is planted to when the amber-colored liquid is bottled.
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Although tequila has developed a bad reputation, there's more to the spirit than just shots on a Saturday night.
This traditional Mexican drink origins in the state of Jalisco when according to a local legend, lightning struck an agave cactus before the Nahua tribe drank its warm nectar. Behold, tequila.
Legally, tequila has to be made of 51% of Blue agave around the Jalisco region in Mexico. There are different types of tequila according to age - from the youngest representatives, blanco, reposado, and añejo, to the oldest extra añejo.
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