Review – Patron Tequila
Tequila is unique from other spirits in many ways, but one that stands out is the size of the plant from which it is produced. The cereals, grains and even sugar cane that are used to produce vodka, whisky, rum and so on pale in comparison with the cracking size of the Agave plant from which tequila is produced. The Agave plant can weigh in at some 200lbs and take up to 7 years to reach maturity, making the growing just as much of a labour of love as the harvesting is just plain labour!
Patron tequila is produced using a mix of old skills and modern technology; the harvested pina being first steamed for 79 hrs, before being shredded then macerated using a stone wheel taken from a local mountain called a Tahona. The juice from the macerated agave is them fermented in wooden tanks for 72 hrs to create ‘must’ which is then twice distilled in copper pot stills, with filtration and blending taking place after each distillation
Neat: A somewhat fleeting appearance of sweet agave leads to earthier notes that rapidly develop into peppery spice that lingers and dominates the finish which is strangely metallic. A touch of blue cheese and plum offer promise, but like the agave are just a touch brief. This will appeal likely to non-traditional tequila drinkers.
Mixing: The relatively light touch of agave with this tequila means it would not be my first choice in short tequila-forward drinks such as the margarita which benefit from a nice punchy agave flavour. However, as with the neat tasting, this lighter profile might appeal to those who are not big tequila drinkers. The strength of this tequila is however in a lengthier mix, and actually in drinks such as a Mexican Mule or Paloma it results in a tasty libation that offers a nice balance between freshness and flavour. Never does it dominate, but it is also capable of holding its own, again leading me to consider this as a good first step away from vodka for those new to exploring the tequila category.
Signature Cocktail – Patron Paloma
1.5oz Patron Silver, Ting Grapefruit soda
Add Patron to highball glass filled with ice and top with Ting. Garnish with a lime twist.
Patron Silver is a light-tasting tequila that mixes particularly well in long and refreshing cocktails where the lightness of flavour complements the other ingredients. Best-suited to those seeking approachability over agave flavour, this is a tequila with mass appeal.
Patron Silver is available to buy from Master of Malt.