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Patrón Silver Tequila

Review: Patrón Silver Tequila  84.5/100
a review by Chip Dykstra (Aka Arctic Wolf)
Posted on April 16, 2012

Patron Silver Tequila is a pure 100% Agave Tequila made from agave grown in the highlands of Jalisco, Mexico. The Agave is 6 to 7 years old when harvested, and the heart of the plant or the piña is all that is used. These piñas are cut and slowly steamed in masonry ovens for 79 hours. The steamed piñas are then shredded and placed into a traditional stone pit, where they are broken (or shredded) into finer pieces with a large stone milling wheel called a Tahona. The resulting juice is then fermented for 72 hours in a wooden fermentation vat, and distilled twice in copper pot stills.

As a highland tequila,we can expect the Patron Tequila to exhibit strong fruity citrus notes and to have a little hot pepper in the delivery and the finish. The company was created in 1989 when John Paul DeJoria, and Martin Crowley formed The Patrón Spirits Company with the stated singular goal of producing “the best tequila in the world.”

 

In the Bottle 4.5/5

To the left is a J-peg photo of Patrón Silver Tequila provided to me by Diamond Estates Wine and Spirits. The bottle is squat but comfortable, similar in shape to other Tequila bottles I have seen. The labeling is simple but not unattractive. I like that the bottle is sealed with a nice cork which gives me that nice satisfying ‘pop’ when I open it.

My sample bottle has a little advertising pamphlet around the neck tied in place by that green ribbon. It also arrived in an attractive green cardboard box. Things are nice and I have no real quibbles.

In the Glass  8.5/10

I poured out a sample of the Patrón Silver Tequila into my glencairn glass and began with a good look at the tequila spirit before I began to nose it. It is a clear spirit, and I could detect no hint of colour. I gave the glass a light tilt and a slow swirl and discovered a light sheen of tequila was left on the inside of the glass which slowly disappeared but gave up no legs. This is consistent with my expectations, and I am happy with my observations.

When I brought the glass to my nose, I discovered a light punky agave aroma with a mild white pepper scent rising from the glass. There are some strong notes of citrus in the aroma similar to lemon and lime. The air above the glass appears to be quite fresh and inviting. Over time, a light sweetness builds in the glass. The smells and aromas blend together and become a mixture of light honey and citrus with firm pepper and the light herbaceous tones of agave.

In the Mouth 51/60

The Patrón Silver has a bit of that sharp peppery tequila bite which catches your attention as it crosses the palate. As on the nose, white pepper, lime citrus, punky agave, and a touch of honey are the prominant flavour impressions as you let the spirit sit on your tongue. The earthinesss of the agave takes a bit of a backseat to the peppery spice and citrus zest which is just how a highland tequila is supposed to be. I find the flavour fresh (although spicy), and my feeling is that this silver tequila will work very well in traditional tequila cocktails.

With this in mind, I mixed two cocktails, a Margarita and my own Green Ripper cocktail. I noticed the spicy highland character of the tequila shone through each cocktail, and I found myself enjoying each.

In the Throat 12/15

I think it is safe to say that the Patrón Silver has a traditional highland tequila finish filled with spicy white pepper and hot citrus. It is not overly harsh considering the spice; but, neither is it smooth. Some of the earthy agave is present in the exit, but the citrus and the pepper are definitely much more abundant than the earthy herbaceous agave.

The Afterburn 8.5/10

I have found the Patrón Silver Tequila to be a very traditional spirit which represents its highland character very well, and I admit I had trouble scoring this review, as it felt to me that my scores should be higher for a spirit which possibly has the quintessential flavour profile for its category. Then again my scoring has always been about my enjoyment, rather than my perception of quality. The truth is, that the ‘sharp peppery bite’ of this spirit is just a little stronger than I personally like. I fully understand that a person with a more experienced tequila palate than mine may find this peppery bite to be just perfect. So my scores in each phase of the review reflect my enjoyment, but for this review in particular, I stress that you read the tasting notes carefully as your enjoyment may be different from mine.

You may read some of my other Tequila Reviews (click the link) if you wish to have some comparative reviews.

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Suggested Recipe:

This cocktail continues my series of Tequila cocktails named after the Travis McGee novels of American author John D. MacDonald. I have always like the Travis McGee novels, and the titles of these novels just seem to me to be particularly well suited to be also the names of great cocktails.

The Long Lavender Look

2 oz Patron Silver Tequila
1 oz Lime Juice
1/2 oz Blueberry Liqueur
1/2 oz Lavender Syrup (see recipe below)
ice
Fresh Blueberries

In a metal shaker add the first four ingredients with ice
Shake until the outside of the shaker frosts
Strain into a tall cocktail glass
Garnish with fresh blueberries

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Lavender Syrup
 
100 ml water
15 ml Fresh (or dried) Lavender Flowers
175 ml sugar
Place all of the ingredients on the stove in a stainless steel pan
Slowly heat the mixture until the Sugar dissolves
Simmer for 3 to 5 minutes
Remove the pan from the stove and allow everything to cool
Strain the mixture into a small glass bottle
(The Syrup will keep for about four days)
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You may (loosely) interpret the scores as follows.

0-25     A spirit with a rating this low would actually kill you.
26-49   Depending upon your fortitude you might actually survive this.
50 -59  You are safe to drink this…but you shouldn’t.
60-69   Substandard swill which you may offer to people you do not want to see again.
70-74    Now we have a fair mixing Tequila.  Accept this but make sure it is mixed into a cocktail.
75-79    You may begin to serve this to friends, (we are probably still cocktail in territory).
80-84    We begin to enjoy this spirit neat or on the rocks. (I will still primarily mix cocktails)
85-89    Excellent for sipping or for mixing delicious cocktails!
90-94    Definitely a primary sipping spirit, in fact you may want to hoard this for yourself.
95-97.5 The Cream of the Crop
98+       I haven’t met this bottle yet…but I want to.

Very loosely we may put my scores into terms that you may be familiar with on a Gold, Silver, and  Bronze medal  scale as follows:

70 – 79.5    Bronze Medal (Recommended only as a mixer)
80 – 89.5     Silver Medal (Recommended for sipping and or a high quality mixer)
90 – 95         Gold Medal (Highly recommended for sipping and for sublime cocktails.)
95.5+            Platinum Award (Highest Recommendation)

2 Responses to “Patrón Silver Tequila”

  1. rawkabillyrebel said

    I think paying $80 for tequila is absurd, considering the cost to make it is peanuts. For $80 you could get you a pretty amazing rye or single malt.

    • Hi Rawk

      I have no quibbles with your distaste for the price of this tequila. If it is not worth the price to you, I understand that completely. However, you are incorrect in your assertion that it costs ‘peanuts’ to make. In the case of Patron Silver, it is a true 100 % agave tequila with no neutral spirit added whatsoever. The agave plants are 6 to 7 years old when harvested, which is the key to why 100 % agave tequila costs so much. It is much more expensive to grow a crop (like agave) for seven years, than it is to grow a crop like barley or rye for 4 to 5 months. It is this initial cost of the base crop that makes Tequila much more expensive to manufacture than Whisky.

      That is not to say that Patron Silver is not a more premium priced tequila than others in the marketplace. Even taking into account the extra cost of manufacture there are many other 100 % Agave spirits which are priced in my locale at a much less premium price. My review tries to assess the overall spirit, and I give a score which is not in any way dependent upon the price. I feel that my readers can figure out for themselves if the product is worth what is being charged for in their particular marketplace. (I have noticed that the prices vary enormously from market to market.)

 
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