Gran Patrón Burdeos

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To create a great añejo, one must start with a superb blanco, and Patrón, with its triple distillation (one more than required by law) of the finest Weber blue agaves from the Jalisco highlands, is one of the leaders in the ultrapremium category. This forms the basis for its labor-intensive Gran Patrón Burdeos, an añejo aged in American and French oak barrels for a minimum of 12 months, then distilled again and racked in hand-selected Bordeaux barrels. Each etched unleaded-crystal bottle of this limited annual production is placed inside a handsome, rounded display case that accentuates the dark color of the añejo tequila. With its soft, rounded flavors of vanilla, raisins, and dried fruit, this tequila warrants a Dominican Montecristo 75th Aniversario and a snifter. ($500)

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