In the world of tequila, there's Patron, and then there's everyone else. Founded in 1989, Patron offers the world's first ultra-premium tequila. It doesn't have the history as some other spirit companies, but when you've perfected the tequila-making process and you're regularly endorsed by R. Kelly and Chris Young, you don't need an extra 100 years on the planet. Each version of Patron Tequila is handcrafted and made in small batches with meticulous care taken throughout the process.
Unlike some other tequila brands that are noted for their partying qualities, Patron is a sipping tequila thanks to its sweet, complex and yet delicate flavors. Twenty-one-year-old you probably couldn't understand this concept, but it's really the only way to enjoy Mexico's best export since avocados.
What Are the Types of Patron Tequilas?
Patron branches out from traditional tequila makers with a nice array of products. They currently have five distinct product lines with the occasional special edition thrown into the mix. Still, each offers a complex array of flavors that are perfect for discussing life or why you can't seem to win your fantasy baseball pool.
- Patron: Patron is the original ultra-premium tequila. It comes in three versions, including Silver, Reposado and Anejo. The Silver gets its bright taste using only the best Weber Blue agave plants, while the Reposado adds a smoky flavor from two months in an oak barrel. The first two are ideal for sipping or making creative versions of classic cocktails like a Manhattan, Old Fashioned or Margarita. The Anejo is the sipping version of this bunch, aged for 12 months to deliver a mishmash of wood and smoke.
- Roca Patron: If Patron is a solid player, Roca Patron is an all-star. Using the "tahona" tequila-making process, Roca Patron adds more flavors, but none are overpowering. The Silver version of this is a mix of pumpkin, lime and green tea that sounds more like a Starbucks beverage than a tequila. The Reposado is the polar opposite, doling out vanilla, ginger and caramel tastes. The 14-month aged Anejo rounds it out with wood, raisins, nuts and grapefruit.
- Gran Patron: When you're looking to drop a car payment on tequila, go with the Gran Patron. The Platinum comes triple distilled with hints of lime and citrus, yet it's so smooth you can't seem to find the alcohol. The Piedra ages for three years for a refreshing taste, while the Burdeos is an Anejo that's aged in Bordeaux wine barrels.
- XO Cafe: When you see coffee flavored tequila, you probably aren't sure what to think. But this mix of coffee and tequila is unlike anything you've ever tasted.
- Citronge: Featuring mango, orange and lime flavors, this is Patron's fruit liqueur series that's a great mixer for cocktails.