Patron Reposado Tequila is a pure 100% Agave Tequila made from agave grown in the highlands of Jalisco, Mexico. The agave is 6 to 7 years old when harvested, and the heart of the plant or the piña is all that is used. After harvest, the piñas are chopped in half by hand and slowly steamed in masonry brick ovens for about 79 hours to soften them. The softened piñas are then shredded and placed into a traditional stone pit, where they are crushed by a large 2 ton stone milling wheel called a Tahona.
According to many Tequila producers, the manner in which juice is extracted from the piñas has a noticeable impact upon the flavor of the final distilled tequila. This is a very evident taste of the Patron Reposado Tequila which has a noticeably softer and earthier flavor than the regular Patron Reposado Tequila distilled mainly from juice extracted by a roller mill.
Patron Reposado Tequila is distilled twice in copper pot stills and then aged for 5 months in used American oak bourbon barrels. The lightly aged spirit is bottled at 42 % alcohol by volume.
Patron Reposado In the Bottle
The bottle has a comfortable squat rectangular shape and features a decorative chocolate-brown lace tied around its neck in a style that reminds the western dress tie. The overall look is similar to other premium Tequila bottles. The labeling is simple but not unattractive, and the bottle is sealed with a nice cork which gives me that nice satisfying ‘pop’ when opening it.
the bottle is housed in a very nice beige box which serves to elevate the presentation. On the back of this box is a description of the ‘500-year-old Tahona Process’ and the production method used to make the tequila.
Patron Reposado In the Glass
pouring out a sample of Patron Reposado Tequila into Glencairn glass and began my examinations with a good look at the agave spirit before beginning to nose it.
The spirit has a very light straw color consistent with a short five-month stay in used American Oak. the glass has a slight tilt and a slow swirl and discovers a light sheen of tequila was left on the inside of the glass which slowly gave up a plethora of small dr0plets. The slender legs that form from the falling droplets are again consistent with expectations.
the glass discovers a lightly sweet, mildly punky agave aroma lifting from the glass. It has a fruity smell, but it did not carry the typical sharpness of citrus and white pepper which is usually found in highland tequila. Rather the citrus and pepper are blunted as the air above the glass also carried a subtle earthy quality that resembled aromas of baked zucchini and squash.
the aroma which seems to carry an abundance of light barely discernible nuances as well. Tea leaves, milk chocolate, mint, and licorice are all hinted at in the breezes. Rounding out the aroma are impressions of mild butterscotch, a light oakiness, and a light whisper of vanilla.
Patron Reposado Flavour
Wow! This is absolutely fantastic! The earthy agave flavors carry a wonderful light sweetness that binds the agave and light woody flavors together. The result reminds a light agave oak syrup which is extremely easy to sip.
Within the earthy agave taste light caramel flavors, hints of vanilla, ginger, and nutmeg, light oak tannins, bits of coffee and chocolate, and a smattering of tea leaves. The mouthfeel is just a little oily and the spirit carries a lovely underlying earthiness that compliments the spirit and all of its light flavor nuances. This is perhaps the best sipping tequila have tasted to this point.
You will be impressed by the smooth long finish. As the flavors ebb in the mouth, a throat a nice build-up of pepper and citrus occurs reminding me that this truly is a highland agave spirit. Mixed with the highland spiciness are lovely echoes of chocolate and ginger. Truly Yummy!
Last Thought about Patron Reposado
This is not only one of the best agave spirits have tasted to this point; it is also one of the best spirits have tasted period. Do yourself a favor (whether you are a connoisseur of agave spirits or not) and pick up a bottle of the Patron Reposado, you will not regret it.
Patrón Reposado is handcrafted from the finest 100% Weber Blue Agave and is carefully distilled in small batches at Hacienda Patrón distillery in Jalisco, Mexico. It’s then aged in a variety of barrels for three to five months.
Enjoy it with a great Cuban or New World Cigar!