Much like scotch, tequila is a spirit I’m trying to drink more and more of in hopes of developing a palate for it. I’ve already found a couple tequilas I really like, such as Teremana Anejo, but it doesn’t stop there. Today, we’re going to do a quick overview and review of Corazon Tequila Blanco.
As a tequila blanco, this is an unaged tequila, so it won’t have the same profile as those that spent time in oak casks, but we can still compare it to other tequilas we’ve reviewed. So, how does Corazon Tequila stack up to El Padrino, Espolon, and others? Let’s find out.
Corazon Tequila History
Before we dive right into the actual tequila, we’re going to cover some basic history, distilling practices, and tequila basics for those that aren’t as familiar with this spirits background.
Casa San Matias, a distillery that sits in the highlands of Jalisco, Mexico, has been around for over 130 years. It’s a family distillery run by Carmen Villarreal and the distillery which produces Corazon Tequila. While the spirit is distilled there, it is not actually owned by Villarreal or the distillery. Corazon Tequila is a brand under the Sazerac Corporation – the owners of brands such as Buffalo Trace, Blanton’s, Southern Comfort, and many others.
Corazon is Spanish for heart. This has two meanings for the tequila brand. First, and most obvious, is that the heart represents love and care and blah, blah, blah. Second, and more specific to tequila, is that once the blue agave is harvested, they peel the leaves off until they reach the heart of the agave. It is the heart of the agave that is cooked, crushed, and eventually distilled to create tequila.
Corazon Tequila Blanco Overview
- Spirit: Tequila
- Owned By: Sazerac
- Distilled By: Casa San Matias
- ABV: 40%, 80 Proof
- Age: Unaged, blanco
First, Corazon is a tequila, but what exactly does that mean? The basics are as follows: tequila can only be produced in certain regions of Jalisco, Mexico, and it must be produced from 100% blue agave. Tequila is a type of mezcal much like cognac is a type of brandy.
Second, this is a blanco tequila, meaning it is silver/clear and unaged. Corazon Tequila does offer a reposado and anejo selection among their standard lineup. Reposado tequila is aged 2-12 months in oak barrels, anejo is aged 1-3 years.
Corazon Tequila Blanco Taste
Now that we’ve covered some of the basics of Corazon and tequila itself, we can get to the fun part. It’s time to pour ourselves a glass of Corazon Tequila and find out if it’s any good.
Nose: Agave and heavy citrus and pepper aromas are upfront with some ethanol sitting around as well. Not the most appealing on the nose.
Taste: A little more green on the palate than I got on the nose…. the lime, orange, and pepper aromas I got on the nose seem to blend into a green pepper on the palate. Obviously, there is still a healthy dose of agave here.
Finish: short to medium in length and fairly easy. there’s pepper – more black pepper on the finish than the palate – and a vegetal undertone as well.
Is Corazon Tequila Blanco Good?
Yes and no. My first glass, or sip, was neat, and it tasted like your regular cheap, blanco tequila. Nothing special, not bad but not something you’re gonna pour up and enjoy by itself. The addition of ice mellowed it out and made it decent enough to drink by itself – still not choosing to do so.
This isn’t a knock on Corazon Blanco Tequila. It takes a special tequila – or at least an aged one – for me to bang the table saying ‘this is a neat or on the rocks tequila’. Sue me, I’m a whiskey drinker.
At the end of the day, the tequila was better than the nose let on. What was agave, lime and citrus (what one person described as melon, which may be equally accurate), and pepper blended together quite nicely. Or at least nicer than anticipated.
Corazon Tequila Blanco Price
Corazon Tequila is a decent tequila. The big question mark, then, is price. Price is almost always a large factor, for most of us that is, but it’s even more important when you’re talking about a ‘decent’ spirit. We’ll take a look at prices from Total Wine stores around the US to determine an average price.
750 ml Corazon Blanco Tequila Price: $20-28
I purchased my bottle for $21 which lies on the cheaper end, but you should be able to find a bottle in the low to mid $20 range. Ultimately, this is an extremely fair price for what you’re getting.
Corazon Tequila is a fair choice. It’s not a tequila I’m going to praise, and certainly not one I’m going to knock, especially considering the price. However, it’s also not on the top of my list for any occasion. If I’m looking for a cheap bottle, I’m buying Espolon. If I want a strong tequila flavor, I’m choosing El Padrino for a similar price. If I want a sipping tequila, I’ll go with something aged.
Let me get this straight. If you’re looking for a decent, fairly cheap bottle of tequila, you can’t go wrong with buying Corazon Tequila. It’s nothing special, but it hits the nail on the head for the price point.
Corazon Tequila Blanco Summary
Corazon Blanco is a jack of all trades, master of none. It’s one of the things that makes it good, but it’s also the reason it’s not the best. There’s a couple bottles out there that I think are easier to drink for the same or cheaper price. There are also a couple bottles out there that may be $3-5 more expensive that are higher quality.
Like I said, there’s no going wrong with Corazon. If you’re looking for a cheap and flavorful tequila, pick up a bottle of Corazon Blanco. It’s flavorful enough to taste through the fruit juice and soda you mix it with, and it’s easy enough to take as a shot. Not the best shot, not the best in mixers, but it’s good enough as both.