UK release for limited-edition tequilas aged in ex-bourbon barrels

Expresiones de corazon aged Tequilas

Two limited-edition tequilas aged in ex-bourbon barrels from the Buffalo Trace Distillery are being released in the UK through Hi-Spirits.

Part of the Expresiones del Corazón range, the tequilas are made from 100% blue agave at the Casa San Matias Distillery, selecting barrels to give each expression a different character.

Expresiones del Corazón Buffalo Trace Reposado has been aged for 10-and-a-half months in Buffalo Trace barrels, giving the tequila a dry and spicy character. At 40% ABV, it has a real sense of the bourbon that used be in the cask, with undertones of caramel, vanilla and cinnamon. Only 5,700 bottles have been produced.

Expresiones del Corazón Old Rip Van Winkle Añejo has been aged for 23 months in Old Rip Van Winkle bourbon barrels. The result is a smooth integration of tequila and bourbon flavours with creamy notes of oak, almond and vanilla, at 40% ABV. Only 5,370 bottles have been produced.

The Expresiones del Corazón collaboration unites a heavyweight group of spirits professionals including David Grapshi, tequila expert at the Sazerac Company, owner of Buffalo Trace; Mario Echanove, master distiller at Casa San Matias; renowned agave farmer Luis Alberto Hernandez Gutierrez; Miguel Cedeño, a highly respected expert on tequila production; and Harlan Wheatley, master distiller at the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Kentucky.

Tim Giles, UK brand manager at Buffalo Trace’s UK distributor Hi-Spirits, said: “There is growing interest in premium and craft tequila, and the Expresiones del Corazón project has created quite a buzz, thanks to the calibre of industry expertise involved.

“We’re delighted to have secured a UK allocation of these very limited-edition spirits. We’re expecting strong interest from high-end bars, specialist retailers and tequila enthusiasts, so neither expression is likely to be available for long.”

Expresiones del Corazón Buffalo Trace Reposado and Expresiones del Corazón Old Rip Van Winkle Anejo are also available through specialist online retailer the Spirit Cellar at recommended retail prices of £85 and £95 respectively.

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