In this review I taste the limited edition Gran Patrón Smoky. It’s a unique silver tequila in that Patrón utilized a long gone (for tequila) method of roasting the agaves hearts (piñas) underground on top of mesquite wood coals for seven days. The cooked piñas are then crushed using a 2-ton lava rock wheel in a circular stone pit (the tahona method/process). The fibers and juices are then transferred by hand into the wooden fermenters until it’s ready to be distilled in their small-capacity copper pot stills. What comes out is a very viscous and flavorful tequila that has a perfectly balanced smoky characteristic. It is bottled at 101 proof and has a suggested retail price of $199.
As of November 2018, my current bottle count is over 2,400. I am a Certified Specialist of Spirits and have also been certified by the Tequila Regulatory Council (CRT). I’ve been actively collecting for the last two decades and what started as a small basic home bar has transformed (with the help and understanding of my wonderful wife) into what I think is a pretty nice collection. Thank you for watching and sharing in my passion.