Patrón has just created the oldest tequila in its twenty-six years of tequila making—accidentally! Thirty forgotten French Oak barrels were left to age year after year in the Highlands of Jalisco, Mexico, reports Los Angeles Magazine.
Although aging tequila for too long can cause it to taste too woody and lose its sweet agave flavor, as seen by the five-year-old tequila the brand recently tested, the Patrón Extra Añejo 7 Años has an extraordinary flavor, thanks to its perfect aging environment of low-to-the-ground barrels and ideal temperatures. The brand describes it as having a “smooth and sweet taste, with distinct notes of dry fruits, citrus, and light caramel.”
The tequila retails at a whopping $299 a bottle, but Patron president and CEO Ed Brown knows that luxury tequila fans will be more than willing to pay this price and that he could even charge more for a tequila this rare. The product is also bottled in a replica of the first hand-blown glass Patrón bottle and stopper, to add to its bespoke quality.
Those looking to try the limited edition Patrón Extra Añejo 7 Años better get it fast, though, as there were only 700 cases made. [LA Mag] [Photo: Flickr.com/aloshbennett]