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Review | Patron – Reposado

We have a soft spot for Patron’s Reposado at TTS. It was the first premium tequila I ever tried and it changed the game. But that was a long time ago and I have drank a lot more tequila since. That said, Patron Reposado is still in our house selection.

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Patron’s Reposado is made from 100% Blue Agave from the Los Altos Highlands in Jalisco. It has been aged in oak barrels for 6 months. It is 40% ABV (80 proof) and costs around £50.

Presentation

Each bottle of Patron is hand made, numbered and signed and is mottled in a way that makes it feel more authentically handmade though machines shape the bottle. A satisfying cork top and traditionally styled, familiar labelling make the Patron bottle a welcome sight. However given the premium status of Patron, I would have liked something more premium than a sticker for it’s labelling.

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Colour

For reposado it is lighter than others, much closer to a Joven that expected, which goes some way to explain the rest of the experience. It is a pale golden colour and when poured is a watery consistency.

Aroma

Leaving it to come to room temperature, the aroma of the reposado is sweet, vanilla and agave. The agave possibly a little dirty and earthy. The alcohol evaporates quickly as it warms and the aromas become bolder, with more of the cooked agave coming through to a spicy, white pepper and black pepper scent. There is some citrus, sour apple and dairy tones too. On bringing to the lips, the alcohol can be overpowering as it evaporates, at 40% that is not surprising though other tequilas can mask this better. 

Flavour

The first feel in mouth is peppery and alcoholic as expected and very strong cooked agave. Again as expected given the lighter colour. It is tingly on the tongue but not too strong. The intensity of the agave is quite full and catches the nasal senses taking the flavour into the nose.

Held in the mouth it feels clean though not to be held for too long, its a “sip & drink” rather than a “sip & savour” tequila. The sweetness comes though once you swallow, along with the vanilla and further agave. The bottom end of the flavour and aroma remains peppery with more butter and citrus. The finish isn’t clean and it isn’t dirty, it’s in between. Perhaps a little too peppery, lasting longer than required, however not unpleasant.

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Experience

It makes for a good experience, perhaps more from the name that the tequila, for sipping there is better however it is enjoyable to open a Patron bottle, pour it from a traditional “handmade” bottle and enjoy the taste. It is a tequila we always have stocked and I recommend it as a gift to people just starting in their tequila journey. I would happily drink this at any occasion, sipping, shooting or mixing.

The Margarita Test

We put all of our tequila through the Margarita test.

The Patron Reposado is our go to for a margarita. It mixes very very well and the smoothness is accentuated in a margarita. The sweetness of the vanilla shines, there is a little nuttiness and the 6 months resting takes the edge off compared to a blanco. It is not complex enough to complicate the cocktail and not simple enough to be overpowered.

It passes. 

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What we say… 7/10

Patron Reposado is a premium though not too premium, pale yellow tequila. It is light and clean though more peppery than necessary and has has sweet vanilla and butter aftertaste. It is a nice bottle with a good, not great price. It is brilliant in a margarita and perfect for a “do it all” tequila, good enough for sipping, shooting or mixing.

For the money, there are better quality reposados certainly, however there are few that are as widely available and socially regarded. If you want to like tequila, Patron Reposado is a good starting point. If you already like tequila, you will have tried this and have your own opinion.


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Bar Recipes Reposado Tequila

Recipe | Spicy Grapefruit Margarita

The Spicy Grapefruit Margarita brings together a bitter-sweet and spicy drink. It’s a great variation of a classic margarita, everyone’s favourite tequila cocktail.

The Spicy Grapefruit Margarita is perfect with barbecued meat and roasted veg on a cooler summer evening. But then, any time is margarita time in our household! 

The mellower taste of Jose Cuervo Tradicional Reposado doesn’t fight with the bitterness of the grapefruit and compliments the chilli warmth that comes through the salt/chilli rim.

There’s a warm chilli kick to finish that will have you reaching for more.

Spicy Grapefruit Margarita

SPICY GRAPEFRUIT MARGARITA (SERVES 1)

INGREDIENTS

50ml Jose Cuervo Tradicional® Reposado

25ml Fresh Lime Juice

1 tsp Agave Syrup

1 round slice of Jalapeño Pepper

50ml parts Grapefruit Juice

3 pinches Salt

1 pinch Mild Chilli Powder

Lime wedges

Small grapefruit or lime wedges for garnish (optional)

Extra round slice of Jalapeño for garnish (optional)

METHOD

1. Shake together Ice, Jalapeño segment and all liquids including syrup

2. Prepare a salt and chilli mix in a small dish

3. Wet half the rim of the glass using a lime wedge

4. Dip this wet rim in the salt and chilli mix

5. Put the extra piece of jalapeño in a glass and fill on top with ice

6. Strain the contents of the shaker into the glass

7. Garnish with grapefruit or lime wedges if available

Salud!

Adapted from : Cuervo

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Anejo Bar Recipes Reposado

Recipe | Tequila Old Fashioned

A Tequila Old Fashioned is a unique twist on the classic we all know and love. 

It was inevitable that we would make a Tequila Old Fashioned as we love the whiskey version so much.

The original Old Fashioned cocktail was created in the 19th century and has come in and out of fashion over the last 150 years. 

Traditionally an Old Fashioned is made with bourbon or rye whiskey, angostura bitters, a sugar cube, a dash of water, and an orange twist. The process of making an Old Fashioned begins with the sugar and bitters being muddled together first before adding the alcohol and garnish. It is served in a short round tumbler glass.

Essentially an Old Fashioned is spirit, sugar and bitters. There are many variations 

We already know how well orange goes with tequila thanks to the margarita so adding orange bitters and sugar to a strong premium tequila, such as a reposado or anejo, is a great way to enjoy the spirit.

We like to use an anejo tequila for this recipe as it has been aged longer for a deep, smooth flavour profile. But if you use a reposado you’ll get the lighter, vanilla flavour notes instead. Try both and see which you prefer!

This is sophisticated evening drink, strong, cool and balanced. We like to sip this on a crisp autumn evening. 

You can use simple sugar syrup (or even agave syrup) instead of dissolving the sugar if time is short but as this contains water, we prefer to dissolve the sugar the old fashioned way!

Patron - Reposado Old Fashioned 2

HOW TO MAKE TEQUILA OLD FASHIONED (SERVES 1)

INGREDIENTS

50 ml Reposado or Anejo Tequila
2 tsp Golden Sugar
1 dash Orange Bitters
Orange peel for garnish

METHOD

1. In a low ball or old fashioned glass add the sugar, tequila and bitters.

2. Carefully stir this until the sugar has dissolved. This can take about 5 minutes and required continuous stirring. 

3. Take a piece of orange peel and twist over the glass to express the oils on top of the cocktail. Drop the peel into the glass.

4. Add large ice cubes or a “glass filler” ice block and stir once

Salud!

 

Adapted from Patron  

Tequila Old Fashioned