Gran Centenario has announced the U.S. launch of Gran Centenario Cristalino.
Produced using the brand’s “Selección Suave” process, in which newly rested tequilas are blended with aged reserves, Gran Centenario Cristalino uses añejo and extra añejo tequilas matured in American oak barrels.
A first for the brand, the blended aged tequila is then finished in Calvados casks for a few months, before being filtered through a process with Mexican silver, transforming the aged tequila into a crystal-clear liquid.
The resulting spirit has the smoothness and depth of an aged tequila, with hints of fresh apple and oak coming from the Calvados cask finish, the company says.
“It’s an exciting time for the tequila category in the U.S., with new and existing tequila enthusiasts increasingly seeking out more premium products with different elements in finishing and aging,” says Alex Coronado, Head of Production and Master Distiller at Gran Centenario Tequila. “Producing an unparalleled taste to any other tequila out there, the result is a clear tequila, rich in notes of sweet agave, toffee, fresh apple and oak.”
All expressions of Gran Centenario (Plata, Reposado, Añejo, Leyenda and now Cristalino) are produced with 100% Blue Weber Agaves at Ex-Hacienda Los Camichines in the highlands of Jalisco.
Gran Centenario Cristalino is available for purchase nationwide for a suggested retail price of $79.99 per 750-ml. bottle.
Gran Centenario was founded in 1857 by Lazaro Gallardo.