In 1896, Don Celso Plascencia had a dream. He was a humble working man born in the highlands of Jalisco. He worked the land, and as he traveled to and from the fields that belonged to other men, he promised that one day, his family would own their own estate and make their own Tequila, the spirit of Mexico. He passed this dream onto his children along with the notion that hard work will make your visions come true. 100 years later, Don Celso’s grandson, Raul Plascencia, fulfilled the dream of his grandfather. An entrepreneur in Mexico, Raul saved his money and, investing with others, opened Destiladora San Nicolas in 1998. Destiladora San Nicolas blends tradition with technology. They create Tequila as it has been made for generations, using the best blue agave, the clearest water, and time. They bring that process into the 21st century with a state-of-the-art facility and modern standards. Don Celso’s dream to own his own land, tend his own fields, and make his own Tequila is now a reality. Don Celso’s vision and heart is in Corazon Tequila. Tequila Corazón de Agave is created with 100% of the juice from the blue agave plants, grown in the rich, red soil of the highlands of Arandas, Jalisco, Mexico. The agave grown in this region are considered to be the largest and sweetest of all agave plants, taking between 8-12 years to mature to their full flavor. For this reason, Corazón de Agave is produced from only these select plants. Corazón de Agave is estate grown, cultivated, distilled, aged to perfection in new, charred, Canadian oak barrels and hand bottled at Destiladora San Nicolas Estate in Mexico.
Old Rip Van Winkle 10 year old bourbon is one of the most coveted and tough to find bourbons out there. Since the barrels can only be used once to age it, Corazón decided to buy up a bunch of them from the Buffalo Trace distillery in Kentucky to age its tequila, which is matured in them for 23 months for this release. This is a refreshingly dry style of Añejo that opts for woodiness and earth rather than sweetness. There’s a savoury flavor mixed in with the cooked agave notes along with a generous amount of sweet smoke and spice. Only a touch of vanilla and caramel come through. The agave-ness is fighting a little with the bourbon-cask influence, but the combination is still magnificent.