Cristalinos are one of the newest “types” of Tequila to hit the scene in the last 5 years. They are aged Tequila’s that have been put through an additional filtration process to remove color and produce a clear product. The filtration process can be done in many ways but the most common involve activated carbon or, charcoal. Tequilas are either run through a charcoal filter or powdered activated charcoal is added, then the liquid is put through a filter.
Cristalinos aren’t an official category of Tequila but they have been officially recognized by the CRT, so we may see official categorization coming soon. Flavor-wise, they offer a softened approach to a reposado, añejo, or extra añejo, often slightly sweeter with a lighter mouthfeel than their unrefined versions.