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Tequila Thursday with Corralejo

February 4, 2010

Dear Coyote Guests,

We are now in the romantic month of February and the weather seems to be more welcoming. There is no place nicer than Old Town to spend some quality time with your loved ones. Café Coyote is always alive. You cannot miss us. We are located on San Diego Avenue, Old Town’s busiest street. Our tortilla artisans and magnet shaped side patio will draw you in from the street.

If you are walking or driving by on a Thursday evening, you will notice people gathering around sampling our featured weekly tequila. This week we left it up to Tequila Corralejo. Corralejo is produced in Jalisco’s neighbor state, Guanajuato. The distillery is built inside a historic hacienda that was the birthplace of Mexico’s founding father, Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla. Miguel Hidalgo led the war of independence in 1810. We are now in the year 2010. This year is one to celebrate because it commemorates Mexico’s 200 years of freedom from Spain.

Tequila Corralejo is famous for its tall, skinny blue bottle. This is only one of 5 styles in their portfolio.

Corralejo blanco is bottled without any aging directly from the distillery’s copper pot stills. Don Leonardo Rodriguez, founder of Tequila Corralejo refers to the blanco as “the truth” because it magnificently captures the authentic character of the Tequilana Blue Weber Agave.

Corralejo reposado is aged for 4 months in barrels of three different types of wood-French, American and white oak. This unique aging process is what gives this semi- aged tequila its woody aromatic complexity.

Corralejo añejo is aged for 12 months in barrels of new American oak. The barrel is burnt at the inside in order to achieve its Smokey taste. This añejo comes in a red bottle. In Mexico the color red stands for prosperity.

We did not get to try Corralejo’s triple distilled reposado or their two-year, Gran Corralejo añejo. I hope we get to sample them next time around. For those of you who missed out on last months Tequila Fortaleza’s Tequila Thursday experience they will be joining us again on February 11th. We received so many requests for this brand that we decided to bring them back. Show up early because this tequila runs out fast!


Mario Marquez

Tequila Ambassador, Café Coyote y Cantina

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