Just a few years in the past, Patrón shook up the same old tequila getting older course of by releasing an añejo matured solely in Spanish oak oloroso sherry casks. The tequila was so restricted, nonetheless, that it was solely accessible at duty-free, making it unavailable to many ardent followers. No extra disappointment: Patrón is launching a brand new sherry cask añejo—and this time, there’s sufficient for everybody.
Añejo tequila is well-aged. By legislation, it has to spend a minimum of a 12 months—and as much as three years—in a barrel. With brown spirits ever-growing in reputation, there are dozens of añejos nowadays, and the selection may be overwhelming. However Patrón has an unimpeachable repute, many years of expertise with cask getting older and, on this case, a reasonably engaging taste proposition.
That’s due to the usage of oloroso sherry casks. Most reposados and añejos are matured in a single kind of cask—ex-bourbon, made out of American white oak. Which means their flavors are inclined to run alongside related strains, typically that includes vanilla, tender caramel, and light-weight spice.
This añejo from Patrón—totally matured for over two years in Spanish oak oloroso sherry casks—provides a completely completely different taste profile and character. “It’s so advanced,” says grasp distiller David Rodriguez, declaring notes of pecan, medjool date, and banana on prime of the inherent agave flavors. “Whenever you scent, you’ll be able to establish these aromas. Whenever you style, instantly in your mouth you obtain the influence.”
It’s all about timing
Getting maintain of high-quality oloroso barrels was no straightforward activity, notes Rodriguez, as most sherry bodegas maintain onto their casks for years. For the earlier iteration of the añejo, Patrón was solely capable of purchase about 15 sherry casks, which meant a really restricted quantity of completed product. This time round, Rodriguez and his workforce traveled on to Jerez de la Frontera, the center of sherry manufacturing, to go to a number of bodegas within the hopes of sourcing sufficient barrels for a bigger batch.
Step one was discovering casks whose profile would match with Patrón’s tequila. That meant smelling and testing each individually, a course of that ensured no bacterial or fungal contamination was current, which might negatively influence the tequila. After making the rounds to 10 or so bodegas, Rodriguez had secured sufficient casks to ship again to Mexico.
As soon as stuffed with Patrón’s silver tequila, the casks couldn’t simply sit and relaxation. They needed to be checked each three months, with Rodriguez taking samples to evaluate aroma, taste, and colour. Issues didn’t go nicely for the primary 18 months, he says; there was no concord to the liquid. However at two years previous, all the pieces shifted.
“It was superb,” says Rodriguez, including it was additionally fairly a shock, given what they’d beforehand tasted. “That’s why it was so necessary to test it frequently. If we didn’t wait for 2 years—if we took out the tequila within the barrels at a 12 months and a half, possibly we might have misplaced the product.”
The cask creativity continues
Ultimately, Rodriguez decided the best maturation for this añejo is 2 years and 4 months. He’s not stopping with oloroso sherry casks both. Rodriguez has been making tequila at Patrón for 20 years, and labored carefully with former grasp distiller Francisco Alcaraz earlier than his retirement in 2020. Collectively, they rolled out such notable aged expressions as Gran Patrón Burdeos, aged in Bordeaux casks. At the moment Rodriguez has tequila getting older in bourbon, port, French and Napa Valley wine, and Hungarian oak casks.
There are additionally some upcoming particular cask-aged releases which can be positive to set whiskey followers’ mouths watering. Rodriguez reveals he has tequila getting older in Angel’s Envy bourbon barrels, in addition to in scotch barrels from the Dewar’s model on the verge of being unveiled. “We’re nearly prepared,” he says.
If you happen to like Macallan or different sherried scotch, you’ll love this tequila. It virtually bursts with aromas of raisins, dates, dried figs, hazelnuts, and candied ginger—all thickly layered on a tender agave base. A rounded, silky texture and basic sherry flavors meet spice and natural notes in a harmonious duet that lingers pleasantly lengthy after the glass is completed.
For now, Rodriguez recommends sipping Patrón Sherry Cask Aged Añejo as dessert. “On the finish of a meal, I want to style some sherry cask with chocolate,” he says. “The mix is scrumptious.”
Bottles accessible whereas provides final, $80; drizly.com
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