Best of the Best 2016: Leisure | Spirits: Partida Elegante Extra Añejo
In Las Vegas earlier this year, at Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill in Caesars Palace, I committed a sin. Knowing the restaurant stocked fine tequilas, I ordered a Premium Margarita made with Partida Elegante. With its ultrarich flavors of citrus, coffee, and toasted oak, I wondered how it would hold up in Flay’s signature cocktail. But the Elegante made its distinctive presence known with the very first sip, and realizing my mistake, I quickly ordered this extra añejo in a snifter—con nada—the only way to truly appreciate it.
- Only fully mature blue Weber agaves, 7 to 10 years old, are used for Partida, giving the tequila a deeper flavor.
- It is aged in ex–Jack Daniel’s barrels for a minimum of 36 months.
- Partida is one of the few tequilas that are estate bottled.
Tequila Partida, partidatequila.com ($500)