Patrón Tequila: Handcrafted, Simply Perfect
ATOTONILCO EL ALTO, Jalisco, Mexico – It’s no accident that people recognize Patrón as the world’s highest-quality ultra-premium tequila. From hand-harvesting the best 100 percent Weber Blue Agave, to the traditional, time-honored distillation process and individual labeling, numbering, and inspection of each bottle, Patrón is crafted with meticulous precision and care.
It starts with the agave. Patrón’s characteristic smoothness and layers of flavor stem from using the finest, highest-quality Weber Blue Agave. These agave plants, which take up to seven years to mature and develop the right sugar levels needed to produce Patrón, are hand cultivated in the fields by skilled workers called “jimadores” and then transported to Patrón’s distillery, Hacienda Patrón, in the small town of Atotonilco.
After arriving at the distillery, the hearts of the agave plant, called piñas, are loaded by hand into small masonry ovens. This time-honored method of cooking agave (a process not found in most modern industrial tequila distilleries) slow-roasts small batches for about 79 hours. When the sweet, rich agave emerges from the ovens it is macerated, fermented and distilled using two uniquely separate processes, the centuries-old tahona process and the more modern roller mill process, which both produce distinctive tequilas that are ultimately blended together to create Patrón.
In the tahona process, a large volcanic stone wheel slowly crushes the shredded cooked agave, which is then placed (agave juice and agave fiber both) into pine wood casks for fermentation. Small capacity copper pot stills then take over the next step, distillation. In this process, the fermented “mosto” is distilled once with the agave fiber, then distilled again without, before it is fine filtered and balanced to produce the final tequila.
Concurrently on the other side of the distillery, cooked agave in the roller mill process is shredded and the agave juice is placed in pine wood casks for fermentation (without the agave fibers). Like the tahona process, the next step after fermentation is double distillation in copper pot stills, but again without the agave fiber.
The two finished tequilas – from the tahona side and the roller mill side – are then carefully blended together to create the final product, Patrón tequila. (Our Roca Patrón line of tequilas, and Gran Patrón Piedra tequila, are produced entirely from the tahona method.)
“Our passion for excellence, quality and perfection guides everything we do. Though Patrón has grown, our careful, time-consuming process has never changed,” says Patrón’s master distiller Francisco Alcaraz, who developed Patrón’s unique recipe and process. “Instead of building bigger stone ovens, or bigger fermentation vats and pot stills, we’ve actually replicated the original small batch process many times over, essentially creating a dozen little distilleries under our one roof. That’s how we’ve been able to maintain our consistent high quality.”
Patrón’s careful attention to detail and high level of craftsmanship carries through into the bottling and packaging room as well. At least 60 hands touch and inspect each bottle as it moves from person to person, each labeling, numbering, and wrapping the bottles. A piece of art unto themselves, each bottle is then hand-polished, and a ribbon is hand-tied around the neck.
Every drop in every bottle of Patrón sold around the world is produced and packaged in this scenic village in Mexico.
The Patrón tequila portfolio includes:
Gran Patrón Burdeos (80 proof)
Limited-production Gran Patrón Burdeos starts with hand selecting the most exceptional agave plants from the harvest. This añejo tequila is twice distilled and aged for a minimum of 12 months in used American oak barrels. It is then distilled a third time and aged in new French oak, before it is finished in vintage Bordeaux wine barrels, which impart a dark amber color and a taste that’s velvety smooth with hints of vanilla and raisins. Gran Patrón Burdeos is beautifully packaged in a crystal bottle placed inside a handsome display case.
Gran Patrón Piedra (80 proof)
This extraordinary limited-production extra añejo tequila is crafted entirely from the tahona process, and then meticulously aged for more than three years in new American and French oak barrels for a deep mahogany color and sweet, subtle aroma of fruit, fresh mushroom, light citrus, and oak. The distinctive Gran Patrón Piedra bottle, which was inspired by the tahona stone, is numbered and packaged in an elegant box that converts into a beautiful display case.
Gran Patrón Platinum (80 proof)
Gran Patrón Platinum starts with the finest agave from the harvest, meticulously removing any leftover sprouts to eliminate any bitterness before baking. Gran Patrón Platinum is triple distilled and then rested in oak just long enough to create an extraordinarily smooth and full-bodied taste, with notes of fresh citrus, light oak, and hint of black pepper. Every bottle is a piece of art, polished and numbered by hand.
Roca Patrón Silver (90 proof)
Roca Patrón Silver is created in small batches and finished at its own specific proof to ensure the best flavor profile for balance and complexity. This artisanal 100 percent Weber Blue Agave tequila is crafted exclusively from the ancient tahona process and finished at 90 proof to create a crisp, robust tequila with notes of sweet agave.
Roca Patrón Reposado (84 proof)
Roca Patrón Reposado is created in small batches and finished at its own specific proof to ensure the best flavor profile for balance and complexity. This artisanal 100 percent Weber Blue Agave tequila is crafted exclusively from the ancient tahona process and aged for about five months in American oak bourbon barrels. It is finished at 84 proof to create a tequila with an oaky, sweet agave flavor.
Roca Patrón Añejo (88 proof)
Roca Patrón Añejo is created in small batches and finished at its own specific proof to ensure the best flavor profile for balance and complexity. This artisanal 100 percent Weber Blue Agave tequila is crafted exclusively from the ancient tahona process and is aged for about 14 months in American oak bourbon barrels. It is finished at 88 proof to create a tequila with a sweet, slightly earthy flavor.
Patrón Silver (80 proof)
Patrón Silver is a crystal clear, pure ultra-premium tequila. This soft and light tequila is characterized by a fresh, smooth taste, without the flavor of oak. Delicious neat or on the rocks, or in a margarita, Patrón Silver is also highly versatile, making it the perfect spirit for any number of mixed cocktails.
Patrón Reposado (80 proof)
Aged in oak barrels for at least two months, Patrón Reposado is blended to combine the fresh clean taste of Patrón Silver with a hint of the oak flavor found in Patrón Añejo. Excellent as a sipping tequila, Patrón Reposado is also a key ingredient in an ultra-premium margarita or most any cocktail.
Patrón Añejo (80 proof)
Patrón Añejo is a delicate blend of uniquely aged tequilas, all aged in oak barrels for a minimum of 12 months. Similar to winemaking, each vintage of Patrón Añejo is carefully blended to produce a smooth and distinctive-tasting tequila.
Patrón Extra Añejo (80 proof)
Patrón Extra Añejo is aged in small oak barrels for at least three years to impart an aroma and taste of dry fruits, banana, honey, and vanilla, together with a light distinctive flavor of agave. Each bottle of Patrón Extra Añejo is meticulously crafted and hand-numbered.
Patrón is produced and marketed by Patrón Spirits International. The company’s portfolio also includes Patrón XO Cafe coffee liqueur, Patrón Citrónge liqueurs, Pyrat, and Ultimat ultra-premium Polish vodka. For more information, please visit www.patronspirits.com.