Ancho Reyes, the handcrafted chile poblano liqueur, has introduced Ancho Reyes Barrica, the newest addition to its award-winning portfolio. Barrica represents a significant milestone for the brand – the first-ever barrel-aged chile liqueur and the first new offering from the Ancho Reyes portfolio since the successful release of Ancho Reyes Verde in 2017.
Crafted with utmost care and precision, Ancho Reyes Barrica is a refined expression of the beloved Ancho Reyes Original liqueur, now with the introduction of ex-bourbon barrel aging for added richness, depth and complexity.
The journey of Ancho Reyes Barrica began with the finest poblano chiles, grown in the volcanic soil of Puebla, Mexico. These chiles were harvested and sun-dried for 15-20 days to become Ancho chiles, and were then carefully selected and meticulously hand-cut before being macerated in neutral cane spirit from Veracruz, Mexico. The resulting mixture is then aged for two years in ex-bourbon American White Oak casks, imparting a depth of flavour and complexity to the spirit. Once mature, Barrica's 100 percent natural, one-of-a-kind spirit is bottled in a beautifully crafted tinted glass, inspired by the rich colour of the Ancho chile, and adorned with a debossed label finished with copper, as a nod to the famed artisans of Puebla.
Ancho Reyes Barrica builds upon the robust flavours of the Ancho Reyes Original, which was inspired by an original 1920s menjurje recipe. The result is a unique blend of heat, sweetness, smoke, and spice, offering rich flavours reminiscent of dulce de leche, spiced vanilla, cinnamon, and orange zest layers atop the signature warm chilli heat that Ancho Reyes is known for.
"Ancho Reyes Barrica is a completely new type of barrel-aged liqueur that has the depth and complexity of Ancho Reyes Original but now as an elevated sipping spirit," said Global Managing Director for Spirits at Campari Group, Raul Gonzalez.
"In Mexico, we often finish a dinner or a great meal with a drink shared amongst family and friends, and Barrica is the perfect sipping spirit to toast to that moment."
With the introduction of Barrica, Ancho Reyes has continued to push boundaries and redefine the world of chile liqueurs. This latest offering has invited enthusiasts and connoisseurs alike to embark on a sensory journey like no other, celebrating the rich heritage and flavours of Puebla.