While we’ve written about Partida Elegante before in both an overview of Partida’s Product line as well as inclusion in our Father’s Day Gift Guide, we felt leaving it out of an article on unique spirits, just wouldn’t be fair.
Partida Elegante is quite simply one of the most impressive tequila’s you’ll find yourself coming across. Partida Elegante starts with 100% blue agave that’s harvested from Partida’s own private fields. This agave is then baked in stainless steel ovens to release the sugars that after fermenting for a period of 36-40 hours transform(by process of fermentation) into the spirit known as tequila. This unaged tequila is placed in American Oak Barrels that were previously used to age Jack Daniels whiskey. The tequila sits in these barrels for a period ranging from 36-40 months. When the distiller deems it ready, thus is born Partida Elegante, Extra Anejo. With a limit of about 1200 bottles, this is one of those spirits that is truly one of a kind and worth tracking down for a sip or two.
Partida Elegante is a truly phenomenal spirit that seduces the palate from the start with aromas of sweet pristine agave so mesmerizing that they instantly conjure images of the sun setting in Mexico over the fields of Jalisco.
Upon further inspection bouquets of cocoa, caramel and espresso overwhelm the brain.
Taking that first sip is an experience in itself. Those aromas of agave that poured out earlier , now engulf the palate, as does a caramel that reminds one of candied apples, and specks of dried cherries, that’s followed up by cocoa that is ever so slightly caressed by cinnamon. Flavors of sweet vanilla ice cream, and burnt orange decided to show themselves towards my last few sips.
With a spirit, much less a tequila this well crafted, you find yourself picking new flavors and nuances with each sip.
A tequila that’s $350 a bottle is not something that is common, even in these days of high-end and handcrafted spirits. Partida Elegante is thagift you give to spirit enthusiast or bartender who just got married, the bottle you open when celebrating a major life changing event or something you share on a weekend with your closest friends. If you can find one of the 1220 bottles available throughout the world, and you have the opportunity to purchase this incredible spirit, do so. Save it for a special occasion, and when that day comes, know you have a spirit worth of such an occasion.