Patrón is a brand synonymous with quality, their green-boxed Silver is a Tequila respected the world over. The Roca" line, produced using 500 year old artisan techniques, is a more nuanced, earthy style of Tequila that is truly outstanding. Vibrant golden color, as we inhaled the first aromas we were blessed with a layered nose of ginger, vanilla, oak and a touch of Agave sweetness. The palate shows complex characteristics of Agave nectar, earth-laden spice, and mushrooms, with a voluptuous mouthfeel that made us think it's aged months longer than it is (5 months). The long, smooth finish will leave you breathlessly anticipating the next sip. "
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