It’s not common that I get to taste a product before it hits retail shelves, but every once in a blue moon I get lucky. The first time was Glenfiddich’s Project XX, the second release in their experimental series. This time I had the pleasure of trying Clase Azul’s 20th Anniversary Reposado bottling. I’m not sure how many other bloggers have had a chance to try this yet, but I think I’m one of the first, and for that I’m very honoured.
If you notice, most of my other posts start with “I arrived at this event” but this one does not. That’s simply because this wasn’t poured for me at an event. Rather, the gentleman representing Clase Azul specifically poured a sample that went to me because my coworkers at my day job (I work at a liquor store by day) knew that I was a spirits writer and wanted to make sure I got some of this new product to try. So a big thank you to Gus, Chamba, and Frank for securing this for me.
After a very long day of learning about Tequila, its origins, the process in how it’s made and more from the Consejo Regulador del Tequila, we were led in a Patrón tasting by David Alan, their industry education specialist. Aside from a brief taste of Casa Noble to make sure I didn’t absolutely HATE Tequila, this was my first time having the Agave spirit.
Now I know most people don’t like Patrón, they think it’s low quality tequila, and while I cannot speak to that I can speak to the flavour and deliciousness of the six Patrón expressions that we tasted through; Gran Patrón Platinum, Roca Patrón Silver, Roca Patrón Reposado, Roca Patrón Añejo, Gran Patrón Burdeos, and Gran Patrón Piedra.