Produced using agave grown just steps from the entrance to Hacienda Patron, this is an expressive tequila with a complex array of character. Citrus peel and fresh agave sweetness dominate the aromatics leading to a lithe palate, spurred on by bottling this at 84 proof, showing notes of sage brush, agave, honeycomb, and a hint of earth. A wonderful sipping tequila, Patron has re-imagined itself in this limited release.
The entire process of making Patrón Tequila takes place at the spectacular Hacienda del Patrón, nestled in the highlands of Jalisco, Mexico. Part factory, part palace, the Hacienda-designed to capture the spirit and grace of Mexico's traditional haciendas. Patrón's master distiller, Francisco Alcaraz selects the perfect agave using both his years of experience and his knowledge of science and the art of tequila making. Once the finest agave piñas are selected and trimmed, they are cut and put in traditional masonry ovens. The piñas are slowly steamed, in small batches, for 79 hours. The steamed agave piña is sweet and rich and is torn and shredded once softened. The shredded agave is placed in a shallow traditional stone pit, where it is macerated with large, natural stone milling wheels. The juice from the agave is placed in wooden fermentation tanks for 72 hours. The mixture that results is called "must." The must is distilled twice in traditional copper pot sills. The first distillation produces a sweet, low alcohol brew. The second distillation is less sweet and produces much higher alcohol content. After distillation, each batch is fine filtered and balanced under the fine supervision of master distiller, Francisco Alcaraz