Patrón Roca Silver Tequila
- Mexico, 750ml
Crystal clear tequila with fresh citrus aromas. On the palate, earthy & sweet with notes of black pepper, cooked agave and citrus. Complex finish.
- Distillery: The Patron Spirits Company
- Type: Tequila, Silver
- Region: Jalisco, Mexico
- Alcohol: 45%
- Volume: 750ml
- Goes with: Neat, premium soda
Roca Patron are handcrafted tequilas made using the time-honored "tahona" process for a sophisticated and complex flavour profile. Roca Patrón Silver is roasted in small brick ovens for 79 hours producing sweet notes of black pepper, pumpkin & lime tea.
John Paul DeJoria and Martin Crowley are the two chaps behind the Patron Tequila brand. Their story starts in 1989 when they came together with a mission of creating the best tequila in the world. The Patron Spirits Company (formerly known as St. Maarten Spirits) grew and grew from the introduction of Patron Tequila. Ed Brown, who had formerly worked with Seagram’s, joined in 2000, helping to further establish the brand as a premium product with his “Simply Perfect” campaign. As the demand for their tasty tequila rose, the company built their own huge distillery in Jalisco in 2002. Also, Lil Jon was featured in a song called 'Patron Tequila', which is pretty cool.
- Silver - 2021 NZ Spirits Award
By Geoff Kleinman, Drink Spirits
While a 5% increase in ABV over the traditional Patron Silver might not seem like a lot, in the spirits world it’s considerable. From the nose on the Roca Silver, you’d never guess that it’s a higher of a proof tequila as it’s actually considerably less “in your face” than the traditional Patron Silver. One of the things that makes the traditional Patron Silver so distinct is its nose, which showcases rich cooked agave, distinct citrus, and strong white pepper. Roca Patron Silver is absent of many of these signature aromas. Roca Patron Silver is primarily a showcase for agave, with both fresh and cooked agave with a slight earthy undertone. There’s a light pepper but it’s a lot softer and lighter than traditional silver. Patron’s signature citrus isn’t there on the nose, which is overall lighter and more delicate.
The entry for Roca Silver is also significantly different from the traditional Patron. While there are sweet notes at the opening, including cooked agave and subtle vanilla, they are lighter and presented drier in Roca. In the midpalate, things continue to dry out with the addition of a light pepper spice and the slight earthy tone that was on the nose. A notable absence in the midpalate is Patron’s signature pepper kick – it’s simply not there. The finish for Roca Patron Silver is medium length and dry, with light pepper spice and fresh agave. After tasting Roca Silver, it’s easier to identify the qualities that the tahona produced tequila brings to the equation in Patron Silver, but when presented on its own it’s a dramatically different tequila.
Roca Silver is ultimately a fairly subtle and understated tequila. While it’s not very complex, it doesn’t seem to be designed to be. Roca Silver Tequila is all about presenting agave in a way that’s decidedly light, dry, and delicate. It’s a radical departure from Patron’s classic Silver, but that’s not a bad thing. With Roca Silver, Patron has produced something that is clearly designed to be sipped neat or over ice.
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