"A shot of this here Patron and is gon be on…."
When you get an invite to take a master class for Patron tequila. AND said class will feature not-yet-available-in-the-US Gran Patron Piedra. You sign up!! So I did.
I spent about 5 1/2 hrs at the Ritz Carlton learning about tequila regulations, tequila production, tequila making techniques, and finally Patron production. Hour 4 3/4 is when they finally gave us some tequila to taste. It was kinda worth the wait. The Gran Patron Burdeos was a stunner to me as it’s racked in 1st growth Bordeaux barrels. This lended to a smooth, toasted honey finish on the tequila. Good thing I had it here because at $500+ a bottle, it will probably never touch my lips again.
I will say that I was very impressed with the behind-the-scenes look into Patron and how the get the final product. A lot goes into the brand to make it ‘luxury’. They use 2 techniques to create must for the tequila, the water is all fresh spring water from wells on the property, each bottle is hand blown by glass blowers in the town, all bottles are rinsed with tequila, and the bottles get the ‘60 hands’ treatment to ensure there are no flaws. Then the bottles are all corked, sealed, ribbon attached, wrapped in paper and inserted into the box by hand. Talk about care! Makes you understand the final cost of each bottle and perhaps why rappers like it so much…perhaps, LOL