First released in Mexico, Jose Cuervo Tradicional Cristalino is now available nationwide in the U.S. Combining more than 225 years of tequila expertise and craftsmanship with modern innovation, Cuervo’s entry into the Cristalino category is poised to bring this emerging tequila expression to the masses.
The rapidly growing Cristalino category offers tequilas that carry the complexity of an aged spirit, but with a smoothness and clarity that many tequila fans enjoy. Cristalino tequilas are currently the fastest growing tequila segment in the U.S., growing at four times the rate of the tequila category.
“Cristalinos are exciting because they offer an incredibly smooth, yet complex tasting experience that’s unlike any other tequila expression,” said Alex Coronado, Head of Production and Master Distiller for Jose Cuervo. “When creating a Cristalino for Jose Cuervo, we wanted to make sure the liquid stayed true to the original Cuervo family recipe, while offering an expression that’s on the cutting edge of what’s exciting in the tequila category. That’s why we created a Cristalino made with a unique blend of three tequila expressions: Tradicional Reposado, Tradicional Añejo, and Reserva de la Familia Extra Añejo. The result is a tequila that offers incredible smoothness, all while maintaining a rich, layered taste due to the complex aging process.”
Jose Cuervo Tradicional Cristalino starts in the agave fields, where 100% Blue Weber agave plants are grown at the base of the Volcán de Tequila before being sent to La Rojeña, Latin America’s oldest active distillery. The piñas are then cooked in brick ovens, before being distilled in copper stills, following the original Cuervo family recipe from 1795. The aging process then results in a blend of three expressions: Reposado, which is matured in American oak barrels, Añejo, also matured in American oak, and Reserva de la Familia Extra Añejo, aged in French oak and American oak barrels. Reposado is the dominant expression in the blend, giving the liquid a light and balanced herbal essence, with primary notes of cooked agave. After maturation, the tequila blend then goes through a signature refinement process to selectively remove the amber color. Jose Cuervo Tradicional Cristalino maintains the aroma and taste of an aged tequila, but with a crystal clear appearance.
GSN’s Remarks: Very smooth and elegant entry with a vanilla forward overtone. The agave flavor is clean, fresh and warm. What is most intriguing about this spirit is the blend of differing woods and agings. There is a fair amount of dry tannin in the overall character, but it is well balanced by the agave, almost giving it a sweet corn similarity. We definitely recommend this as a sipper, but it will also work as a stellar highlight in an anejo cocktail. A welcome addition to the Cuervo portfolio! GSN Rating: A
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