Ah, tequila. Made from the agave plant, it’s one of my favorite spirits, especially when it’s as wonderful as Partida Tequila. This premium tequila comes in four different expressions: blanco, reposado, añejo and extra añejo. I had the chance to try two of them and now I get to tell you why you should also try them. Lucky me, I know. And lucky you.
About Partida Tequila
According to their website, Partida tequilas are made from 100% agave grown near a dormant volcano in the Tequila Valley. The ovens the agave bakes in are stainless steel and they are cleaned after each batch. The tequila is distilled twice before it is bottled for the blanco or rested in once used Jack Daniel’s American Oak barrels for the three other expressions. No additives or colorings are added to the tequila – it’s all natural, baby.
Partida blanco tequila is unaged and clear. One the nose, it smells of agave, grapefruit, fresh herbs and jalapeño peppers. On the palate, it has a medium-bodied richness and is smooth with flavors of pineapple, apricots, almonds and a slight tobacco finish. It’s bottled at 80 proof and is wonderful for enjoying neat or in cocktails.
Partida reposado tequila has a light, golden color and is aged for 6 months. On the nose, it smells of agave and oak with hints of lemon and nuts. It has no smoky flavor that is usually associated with reposado tequilas. On the palate, it is smooth and rich with wonderful flavors of cocoa, vanilla bean, sweet oak, almonds, minerals and a little bit of tobacco. It is sweet and buttery with a long finish. It is also bottled at 80 proof and best enjoyed neat or in cocktails that won’t mask it’s flavors. From what I’ve been told, this one is also known as “the Bentley of reposados.” After tasting it, I would have to agree.
While I didn’t try the añejo or the extra-añejo, I’ve read wonderful things about both of those as well. And after tasting the blanco and the reposado, I’m kind of kicking myself in the butt for not getting a sample of at least the añejo. So, if you have the chance, don’t pass up on getting a bottle of those expressions as well.
Where to buy Partida Tequila
Partida blanco has a suggested retail price of $50, the reposado $58 and the añejo $67 for 750 ml bottles. While these are the suggested prices, I did find them available for less than that online at both BevMo! and Total Wine. The extra añejo is higher up on the price scale with a suggested price of $350 but I found it at BevMo! for $200. Given that it was rated as a top 50 spirit by Wine Enthusiast Magazine, I’d say it’s well worth the cost if you want an excellent sipping tequila. Think of it as a Christmas present to yourself. You deserve it.
Partida Tequila cocktail recipes
As I mentioned before, all of these tequilas are excellent for sipping neat. However, this is a cocktail recipe blog so let’s talk about cocktail recipes. I tried the blanco in a classic margarita with Grand Marnier and really enjoyed it. The reposado would also work in a classic margarita. I don’t suggest using them in cocktails with a lot of fruit juices because you’ll lose the flavors of the tequila. I found this Tequila Smash cocktail recipe in the Ultimate Guide to Spirits and Cocktails by André Dominé (affiliate link). The tequila really shines through in this drink because the other ingredients aren’t overpowering.
- 3 kumquats, halved
- 2 ounces Partida tequila blanco
- ½ ounce fresh squeezed lime juice
- ¼ ounce Luxardo maraschino liqueur
- Soda water
- 3 kumquats for garnish
- Place the kumquats in a highball glass and gently muddle. Fill the glass half full with crushed ice.
- In a cocktail shaker, add the tequila, maraschino liqueur and fresh squeezed lime juice with ice.
- Shake and strain into the highball glass with the muddled kumquats and crushed ice.
- Top with soda water and garnish with three kumquats on a skewer.
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Note… I was sent Partida Tequila to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own, as is my fondness for premium tequilas.