Ever since I took a tequila tasting class at Chicago’s now closed Mas restaurant (RIP) about 8 years ago, I now appreciate the good stuff. Especially in the summertime when I can make my own version of a ‘skinny girl’ margarita. Yet, if the tequila is actually good enough to sip, I’ll do just that. If you are seeking a premium Tequila for a more sophisticated palette, I’m sure at least one of Tequila Partida‘s four authentic, ultra-premium Tequila made from 100% blue agave in the heart of Mexico’s historic Tequila Valley, will do ya.
With a clean, smooth, exceptionally pure taste, Partida takes the utmost care in every step of the process – from agave cultivation and harvest to distillation. Partida produces four unique and award-winning marques – Partida Blanco (SRP $50) unaged, pure agave flavor, Partida Reposado, (SRP $58), aged 6 months and dubbed “the Bentley of Reposados,” Partida Anejo (SRP $67) aged 18 months and ideal for that single malt lover, and Partida Elegante (SRP $350), aged 40 months, a truly stunning expression of Tequila (I tried all but the last one).
Tequila Partida uses only 100% pure blue agave for their Tequila, which is far less common than connoisseurs of fine Tequila may realize. The result is authentic 100% blue agave Tequila with a nuanced flavor profile that, like fine wine, speaks of its unique origins in the fertile land of Tequila country. If fine Tequila has a soul, it resides in la piña, which is found beneath the spiky fronds of the agave. The larger the piña grows, the more its sugars mature. Partida allows the agave plants to mature seven to ten years before harvesting. Most other premium Tequila brands are content with half that time. This waiting game ensures a fuller, riper, richer flavor. The piñas are then baked slowly for 20-24 hours, softening fibers and transforming carbohydrates into fermentable sugars. Typically other producers steam-blast their piñas in a quarter of the time.
The ancient methods meet the new world of modern technology during distillation. Tequila Partida is distilled twice: once to purify the fermented liquid and again to bring it to perfection. Precision distillation and temperature control produce a quality standard that never varies. From here, Partida Blanco goes directly to the bottle, each one filled by hand.
Trust me, you don’t have to be a connoisseur to taste the difference…but you’ll sure feel like one. Impress your friends and pick up a bottle the next time you reach for the Patron.
– Lauren Dimet Waters
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