|LOUISVILLE, Ky., Oct. 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Tequila Herradura announces the release of its second in a series of small-batch tequilas, Coleccion de la Casa, Reserva 2013 – Cognac Cask Finish Reposado. Credited with creating the first reposado expression and extra anejo expression in the tequila industry, Casa Herradura continues its legacy of innovation with Coleccion de la Casa, Reserva 2013 – Cognac Cask Finish Reposado, a tequila that undergoes a double maturation process in two different types of oak casks: American and French.
Coleccion de la Casa, Reserva 2013 – Cognac Cask Finish Reposado is uniquely crafted by Master Distiller Maria Teresa Lara, using traditional production methods and a proprietary fermentation from naturally-occurring wild yeast. The tequila is then aged to perfection in American oak barrels for 11 months and is transferred to French oak casks sourced from the historic Cognac region for an additional three months. The double-barrel maturation process accentuates the aromas of cooked agave and dried fruit, which is balanced on the palate by earthy and spicy notes. The finish is exceptionally smooth and warm with caramel and vanilla undertones. The Coleccion de la Casa series is the best example in the industry of how each of the sources of flavor – agave, water, fermentation, distillation, and maturation – impacts the character of the final product.
“The barrel is a key ingredient in the final aging process of tequila and through cask-finishing our tequila in two different types of woods, we are able to add a new layer of flavor and aroma and create a superb and multi-dimensional tequila,” said Tequila Herradura’s Master Distiller Maria Teresa Lara.
“Tequila is a vibrant industry and we are proud of our leadership in the category for the last 143 years,” said Ann Stickler, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Brown-Forman’s Tequilas. “It is a formidable challenge to create a whole new style of tequila and that is what we’ve been able to achieve with our limited edition Coleccion de la Casa releases.”