Patron is the ultimate gateway to the world of Tequila. For those who appreciate tequila, it is a well made, if slightly pricey product. For those who are just getting acquainted with tequila, it is widely available and has a more mild flavor than other brands. Patron is the second biggest name in Tequila, following Jose Cuervo. It is made with 100% Blue Weber agave and everything from the Tequila, to the corks and bottles are handmade at their facilities in Mexico.
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History and Production
Patron was first produced by Casa Siete Leguas, one of Mexico’s oldest and most esteemed distilleries. In 1989, St.Maarten spirits purchased the rights and moved production to a new facility. In 2018, Bacardi purchased Patron for just over five billion dollars. In the early 2000s Patron began a marketing campaign targeting club-goers and vodka drinkers. Patron positioned itself as a luxury brand and tried to sway them away from club staples like the vodka soda and towards Patron.
Patron is produced at the Hacienda Patron Distillery (NOM 1492) in Atotonilco El Alto, Jalisco, Mexico. NOM 1492 exclusively produces Patron products. Each bottle begins with 100% Blue Weber agave, harvested by hand after at least seven years of growth to ensure a high sugar content. The agave is chopped down to the Pina and baked in brick ovens for 70 hours. The baked pina is then separated into two groups. Most are crushed with a roller mill, however, some are crushed with a traditional Tahona to extract the agave juice. The juice is then fermented separately for three days and blended back together for distillation. The fermented juice or “Mosta” is then distilled in copper pot stills and aged in oak barrels. After aging, the tequila is blended to create Patron silver, reposado, anejo, and extra Anejo and bottled accordingly.
- Patron Silver
This is the Patron’s most common bottle. A standard Blanco, bottled at 40% ABV. The Patron Silver is well made, but doesn’t take any risks with its flavor. It is smooth and not aggressive with agave or grassy flavors that other Blancos often have and that many tequila aficionados seek out. This is a good tequila to try if you’re just getting into drinking tequila. It makes a solid mixing tequila and is widely available at most bars.
- Patron Reposado
The Reposado from Patron similarly inoffensive, designed to appeal to the widest possible audience.
- Patron Anejo
This is the Patron’s sipping tequila. Aged for twelve months, this bottle has notes of oak, honey, and vanilla on the palate. It is aged in a combination of French and Hungarian oak barrels, and American whiskey barrels. Patron Anejo is bottled at 40% ABV.
- Extra Anejo
Patron Extra Anejo is aged for at least three years in oak barrels and has a palate of dried fruits, honey, and vanilla along with oak and agave. It is bottled at 40% ABV.
- Patron XO Cafe
A Tequila based coffee liqueur. Lightly caffeinated, this is often used as a substitute for Kahlua, or in specialty drinks like the Baby Guinness.
- Roca Patron
This is a slightly upgraded bottling of Patron which exclusively uses tequila produced using a traditional Tahona. The Silver is bottled at 45% ABV, the reposado at 42% ABV, and the Anejo at 44% ABV.
- Gran Patron
The highest of the high end of Patron’s offerings, Gran Patron eschews the traditional silver, reposado, anejo labeling for more descriptive names. Gran Patron Smoky is bottled at 50.5% ABV and has the smoked agave notes you might expect from a mezcal. Platinum is bottled at 40% and is a Blanco style tequila. After being produced with the traditional Tahona method, Gran Patron Piedra is the Gran Patron Reposado. It is aged for four years in oak barrels and bottled at 40% ABV. Gran Patron Burdeos is the Anejo equivalent. It is aged for years in oak casks before being finished in Bordeaux wine barrels and bottled at 40% ABV.
- Patron Citronge
Patrons line of tequila-based fruit liqueurs is available in Pineapple, Mango, Orange, and Lime flavors. Use them as a replacement for the triple sec in a margarita to add new fruit flavors to an old classic. Bottled at 35% ABV.
Below are the latest Patron prices.
|Patrón Silver Tequila||750ml||From $41.99|
|Patrón Reposado||750ml||From $44.99|
|Patrón Añejo Tequila||750ml||From $59.99|
|Roca Patrón Silver||750ml||From $67.99|
|Gran Patrón Platinum||750ml||From $109.99|
|Gran Patrón Piedra Extra Añejo||750ml||From $361.99|
|Patrón Citrónge Orange||375ml||From $12.99|
|Patrón XO Cafe||50ml||From $9.79|
Don’t confuse it with the similarly named hot sauce. Tapatio is an absolute steal considering the quality and price. A whole liter size bottle can often be had for less than 35 dollars. Tapatio is made in smaller batches using traditional methods and imported to the USA by Charbay. Not only do they have the classic Blanco, Reposado, and Anejo available, but they also bottle a 55% ABV version of their Blanco if you’re looking for something with a little more kick.
One of the best tequilas out there, Fortaleza will likely run you more than the cost of a bottle of the standard Patron, but if you’re considering Patron Roca or Gran Patron, this brand is worth a look. Among tequila aficionados and bartenders, Fortaleza is one of the most widely respected Tequilas. Available in Blanco, Still Strength Blanco, Reposado, and Anejo.
Probably Patron’s most well-known rival. 1800 has positioned itself as a widely available alternative to Patron. It has a similar price and a similar flavor geared towards mass appeal over distinct tequila flavor. 1800 makes a fine alternative to Patron if you’re ripping shots at a club, but many bartenders and tequila enthusiasts will tell you that there are superior bottles out there for similar prices.
- Olmeca Altos
Another great product for those looking to dive into good tequila without breaking the bank, the Olmeca Altos line is also made with 100% Blue Weber agave, does not use a diffuser, and is made in Jalisco at NOM 1111. Owned by Pernod Ricard, Olmeca Altos is the mid-range in an entire Olmeca family of Tequilas. Don’t confuse it with the plain old “Olmeca” Tequila, which is mixto and of sub-par quality. Olmeca Altos and Olmeca Tezon are high-quality tequilas made using 100% blue weber agave, and without the abuse of the diffuser method. Olmeca Altos is available in Plata (Blanco), Reposado, and Anejo bottles.
Tequila Old Fashioned
- 2.5 oz Patron Reposado or Anejo
- ¼ oz Agave Syrup
- 1 dash angostura bitters
Stir over ice, garnish with expressed orange peel and brandied cherry. This tequila riff on the classic old fashioned packs a little more punch and a bit less sweetness, allowing the unique flavors of tequila to shine through.
- 2 oz Patron Silver or Reposado
- ½ oz Ginger syrup
- ½ oz honey syrup
- 1 oz lemon/lime juice (50/50) mix.
- ½ oz smoky mezcal
Shake all ingredients except mezcal. Strain over fresh ice. Float Mezcal over the top. Garnish with candied ginger or a lemon wedge. The original penicillin cocktail calls for blended scotch and an Islay float, but this version swaps in tequila and mezcal to achieve a similar mix of smooth oak flavors and light smoke. Ginger, lemon, and honey are a natural match and add some spice, sweetness, and acidity to the smoke and oak of the liquor.