Patrón Tequila has unveiled Gran Patrón Smoky.
Using agave that is roasted with mesquite for about seven days in underground stone pits, Gran Patrón Smoky joins the Gran Patrón portfolio, Patrón’s highest premium line of tequilas.
To create the a smoky aroma and taste, the heart of the 100% Weber Blue Agave plant, the piña, is roasted in stone pits at the Patrón Hacienda distillery in the Highlands of Jalisco, Mexico. The cooked agave is then crushed with a volcanic stone tahona wheel before the juice and agave fibers are placed together in pine wood fermenters and then distilled in copper pot stills.
Gran Patrón Smoky is characterized by its aroma of artichoke, pepper, spices and hints of sweet citrus, the company says, with smoked agave and citrus notes, and a peppery finish.
Bottled at 101 proof, Gran Patrón Smoky will be available in limited supply in select U.S. markets starting in September 2018, with broader expansion planned for 2019. In a nod to the roasting process, its bottle is topped with a wood stopper and Portuguese cork closure to symbolize the materials used in cooking of the agave, the company says, and is adorned with “smoke” climbing the front label.
Gran Patrón Smoky has a suggested retail price of $199 per 750-ml. bottle.