2005 Corazon Anejo Longneck - 40%
These longnecks have mostly dried up on the shelves. Even just a couple years ago, they weren't that hard to track down in Chicago. Usually, when you grab a bottle that's been sitting on the shelf for 15+ years, it'll be cheaper than its contemporary counterpart. Not the case with these old longnecks which often ran almost twice as much as retail on current Corazon. We can thank Sidney Frank for that, the man who got every college kid drinking Jagermeister and figured out that the American market wanted to pay more for vodka (Grey Goose). Sidney Frank's Corazon push was his follow up to Grey Goose after picking up the label from Frank Arcella who built the brand the right way: estate grown agave, traditional production methods, and notably no ex-bourbon or ex-sherry barrels, instead the brand utilized tequila-only barrels.
Notes: The phrase “agave forward” gets tossed around a lot. This is a great example: fresh bell peppers, yams. Lots of citrus - lime. The structure is super delicate - light but not lacking complexity. Some more raw barrel notes drop into the finish. Gentle through and through (nose and palate) - ethereal if you’re feeling generous. Usually prefer high proof spirits? The nuance here will take concentration. If you don't have the patience for all that, that's ok. It won't take any effort to turn it into a patio pounder.
Score: 6 (Solid) Set this one on a table with friends and get after it.
10 - Reevaluate The Budget
9 - Stash Two (If Able)
8 - Stash One (At The Right Price)
7 - Highly Recommend It To Strangers
6 - Solid - Above Average
5 - Acceptable For The Situation
4 - Not Vocally Complaining
3 - Anything Else To Drink?
2 - Nothing Nice To Say
1 - Drain Pour