Review: Patron Anejo Tequila Sherry Cask Aged

Review: Patron Anejo Tequila Sherry Cask Aged

Alternatively known as Patron Cask Collection Sherry Cask Añejo, this special edition of Patron Tequila is unique in that it spends its two-plus years of aging in oloroso sherry bottles. No finishing here; it’s sherry all the way.

The sherry gives the tequila a brightly vivid orange hue, and its aromatic on the nose as well, blending the natural spice and herbal notes of the tequila with a sharp citrus character. The aroma evolves in glass to become lightly nutty, with notes of toasted sesame seeds and a peppery, slightly beefy edge. Curious notes of burnt matches give it a slightly sulfurous character if you breathe deep.

The palate has a curious edge, very sharp with a distinctly oxidized note, winey and quite nutty. It’s more sherry than tequila, with a doughy consistency and lots of that heavy, almost amontillado-like character. Grassy, winey, and quite nutty on the palate, the spirit often doesn’t represent itself as tequila at all, coming across as a young brandy perhaps. That dusky, oxidized sherry character on the finish is impossible to shake, and it lingers on the tongue just about forever. While a bit gritty and pungent, it’s not unenjoyable — in fact I went back to the bottle several times just to be sure I was tasting what I thought I was tasting — but ultimately I never came to terms with how extremely far this diverged from any classic expression of tequila, anejo or otherwise. I love experimentation in the tequila biz, but this bottling just goes too far.

80 proof.


Patron Anejo Tequila Sherry Cask Aged




Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.

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