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Best of the Best 2016: Leisure | Spirits: Partida Elegante Extra Añejo

Partida Elegante Extra Añejo is aged in ex–Jack Daniel’s barrels for a minimum of 36 months...

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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)

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