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A Love Affair Rekindled – the Art of Patrón, London

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August 02
17:49 2017

(Drinking Trends) – Oh Patrón, where did my love affair with you begin and where have you been all this time?

Wait, that would be too embarrassing going back to our youthful days. So let’s just focus on the event I attended when we ‘bumped into’ each other last week. And with the recent news of you making a new friend (Guillermo del Toro), how could I possibly stay away?

So we just met again at the Art of Patrón Master Class at the Oval Space during the London edition of Art of Patrón. A great night and some truly sublime tequilas. And didn’t you look (and taste) good. You let me enjoy some impressive cocktails, uniquely curated by some truly skilled bartenders from Sexy Fish, Three Sheets and The Cocktail Trading Co. alongside stunning art and live art pieces curated by the critically acclaimed Lauren Baker.

Because of you I had the opportunity to try six amazing Patrón tequilas, ranging from the more standard Patrón Silver tequila up to the Gran Patron Burdeos tequila (RRP £450 for 70cl). For when you really want to drink tequila like a boss.

Alice Aprile-Smith hard at work. ©2017 Tom Nicholson – Art of Patron London in Oval Space, Bethnal Green. The party hosted a series of Patron artwork. 

Patrón Silver is fresh, light and citrusy. Although it’s certainly got a punch when drinking it neat, it’s far smoother than the average blanco tequila and is 100% so hangovers are non-existent, much like in our younger days.

Patrón Reposado, the 3-5 month barrel aged tequila works very well in a mix, but the difference to the Silver when drinking it neat is huge. This tequila is smooth and sweet, with a hint of oak. As expected Patrón tequilas makes a mean margarita and you recommend using Reposado, which works excellently, but it’s almost a shame to mix it when it stands so well by itself.



Next, I had the 12-15 year barrel aged Anejo which was sweet and with a hint of vanilla. It’s at this stage in the tasting session that the evolution of flavours across the different tequilas is apparent. No longer is tequila just an unwanted shot handed to you at the Christmas party, Patron has got far more to offer. Now I remember why we get on so well.

Next, we move onto the stellar tequilas which cost £200 and up. The Gran Patrón Platinum was incredibly smooth, with an almost oily finish. The difference between with Silver and the Gran Patrón Platinum is huge, mainly because of the smoothness rather than a difference in flavour.



The Gran Patrón Burdeos is aged for two years in Bordeaux barrels, and is almost unidentifiable as a neat tequila. It was so rich in flavour it tasted more like a cognac. The bottle is a work of art also and is topped with a beautiful crystal bee stopper. Finally, the Gran Patrón Piedra Tequila has been barrel aged for four years. Similar to the Burdeos, this tequila is rich in flavour with hints of caramel, oak and dried fruits. Rich and strong. You’ve made quite a name for yourself for a reason.

Listen Patrón, it was amazing to see you again. Even if we don’t meet again, I’ll certainly be raising a glass to you often.

 

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Alice Aprile-Smith

Alice Aprile-Smith

A Senior Contributor for Drinking Trends, Alice is a food and drink buff who can be found scouring London looking for best-in-class and trying the new and innovative. Alice is always looking for the best new restaurant, brewery or distillery offerings to continue to keep the London food and drink scene at the top of its class. Alice is also a seasoned cocktail connoisseur with an ever growing collection of spirits from around the globe and a particular soft spot for the finest in gin.

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  • MKirk

    Excellent write up. Wish I could have been there.

  • NOLABarGuy

    Seriously, who doesn’t love a bit of Patron? 🙂

    Has anyone tried the Guillermo del Toro Patron brand yet?

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