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Buffalo Trace barrel-aged tequilas now in UK

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

A limited UK allocation of two tequilas from the exclusive Expresiones del Corazón range is available. Using tequila made from 100% blue agave, the Casa San Matias Distillery in Mexico selects different bourbon barrels to give each Expresiones del Corazón a different character. The two now available are:

  • Expresiones del Corazón Buffalo Trace Reposado – aged for 10.5 months in Buffalo Trace barrels, this tequila is dry and spicy, and has a real sense of the bourbon that used the cask, with undertones of caramel, vanilla and cinnamon.  40% ABV, total bottles produced 5,700.
  • Expresiones del Corazón Old Rip Van Winkle Anejo - 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. 40% ABV, total bottles produced 5,370.

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

Tim Giles, UK brand manager at Hi-Spirits, says: “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 available through specialist online retailer the Spirit Cellar with RSPs of £85 and £95 respectively. 

24 May 2016 - Felicity Murray The Drinks Report, editor