Review: Patron Silver Tequila

For many, Patron is the gold standard of premium tequila. And indeed, Patron has done for the tequila market what Grey Goose did for vodka. Whether you like them or not, they have convinced the world that there were people out there who would pay for expensive versions of what many had previously assumed only came in two versions: Cheap and cheaper.

As a pioneer in mass market premium tequilas, Patron took the approach of using 100% agave, crafting a fancy bottle with a little ribbon around the neck and a real cork for a stopper, and charging a premium price for it all. It has worked: Patron is now one of the best-selling tequila brands in the world, and it’s expensive.

And yet, when you get down to it, Patron is honestly nothing special. The tequila offers a big, and somewhat nutty and woody nose (though the spirit is not rested in wood like some blancos), with pronounced agave notes. The woody character continues on the palate, but it’s overshadowed by a pretty heavy bite and burn, suggesting that Patron is a tequila for those that grew up on rotgut tequilas and have graduated, but still wouldn’t know what to do if they didn’t have to gasp for air after doing a shot (and let’s be real, no one sips Patron). The texture is full-bodied, but somewhat oily.

All said, this is not a bad tequila, but there are many better blancos out there, and at better prices that it’s silly to recommend it unless there’s absolutely nothing better on the shelf. 80 proof.

B / $38 / patrontequila.com

patron silver tequila Review: Patron Silver Tequila

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14 Responses to Review: Patron Silver Tequila

  1. So what do you like that’s better and cheaper than Patron? I like El Jimador.

  2. I think you nailed it. So many tequilas are as good if not better than Patron for the price. I’m no tequila expert, but El Jimador, Cazadores, Luna Azul, Tenampa Azul, Siembra Azul, Casa Noble (if you can find it on discount), Espolon (around $20!!) are all quite good blancos for the money.

  3. Well said. There are so many good tequilas out there that there’s no reason to waste $40 or more on a bottle of Patron. And much like Grey Goose did to vodka, Patron has resulted in lots of sub par tequilas slapping big price tags on their bottles under the guise that they’re “ultra premium.”

  4. Casa Noble, Corzo, and Don Julio are similarly priced and much better. Azul and Cuervo Tradicional for quality on a budget.

  5. Yikes, I am sipping (yes sipping) some Patron Silver at this exact moment in time (and now feel like a sucker). I’ve always enjoyed it but I’m going to have to try some of these other tequila’s, sounds like I’ve been suckered in by the marketing.

  6. Thank you for finally reviewing something like Patron. Ive never been a fan of the stuff. I always thought it tasted bad. Based on your recommendation I picked up some Casa Noble silver/crystal and it is fantastic. Save your money or buy something better for the same price.

  7. Another blanco you might want to try if you can find it is Hacienda Cristero made by Herradura.

  8. I have to ask – how does it compare to Cuervo’s “1800” line of tequilas?

  9. ermlasboat – 1800 is another quality brand that I recommend — and it’s somewhere in between the Don Julio and Azul price levels.

  10. I always thought Patron was all marketing. Good to know that there are better cheaper brands

  11. Wow, no love at all for Sauza? It’s always been my “function over form” brand.

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  13. I like Patron, it tastes fine and mixes well, and it’s worth the money, if for no better reason than I’ve never had a hangover after drinking it. I don’t see a lot of alternatives on your list of which I’ve ever heard, and I’ve been a hard drinker for over 30 years. Cuervo 1800 is lousy–has no flavor and made me sick as a dog. But what do you expect from a company that also makes the crappiest tequila in the world? For all we know Cuervo 1800 is just recycled Cuervo Gold bleached and refiltered. Your palate needs work.

  14. 1800 is Cuervo Gold “bleached and refiltered”? That’s clearly not the case.

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