Tequilera Corralejo is in the state of Guanajuato, one of the few Mexican states outside of Jalisco allowed to produce tequila. This reposado had been a favorite of mine and used to be the only Corralejo tequila available. An añejo and blanco did eventually follow though for awhile there seemed to be a little confusion about the direction they wanted to go with the bottle colors. At one point the reposado in blue bottles were only sold in Mexico and I saw early releases of the añejo in the blue bottles. Corralejo finally settled on clear glass for the blanco, blue glass for the reposado and a red glass for the añejo. They all look good but I always thought the amber bottles were cool. I saw some huge1.75 liter amber bottles of Corralejo Reposado in New Mexico. I didn't buy one fearing it would crash through the shelves in my tequila cabinet. Now I wish I had.
As a result of the well documented "Agave Crisis" Corralejo is no longer producing 100% agave tequila. All Corralejo products currently being stocked are tequila mixto. The bottles look exactly like the 100% agave product with the phrase "100% de Agave" now noticeably absent from the label. However Corralejo does have a very nice new web site and they claim that their tequila is now made with 70% blue agave and 30% blue agave from outside designated growing regions.
2005 - The above text was written a few years ago but it looks like current bottles of Corralejo are once again labeled as 100% agave. The Corralejo website continues to have the old information and explanation of their coping with the past crises. I don't have any current information about production practices at Corralejo nor have I tried any recently produced tequila from the factory. The original Corralejo Reposado was a favorite so I need to get after it and try one of the newer productions.
PLEASE NOTE: The copy above was written during a well-documented agave shortage that existed over 5 years ago. Tequila Corralejo dealt with these issues in a legal and honorable manor making the best of those difficult times. I'm happy to report that Tequila Corralejo is now back to using 100% Blue Agave (and has been for several years now), grown in the "denomination of origin" in all tequila produced at their factory. I will elaborate on these details as soon as time permits but let it be known that this tequila and all others from this well respected company are 100% Agave. Of course, there are many areas of this site in need of updates as the industry is hard to keep up with but it was important to note this fact right away. I would personally buy and recommend any tequila from this storied, Guanajuato distillery.