Patrón X INKD Día de Muertos Limited Edition Silver Tequila
Exclusive to Harvey Nichols, Patrón’s latest limited-edition Silver Tequila is a colourful celebration of Día de Muertos, or as we say in English Day of the Dead.
One of the most well-known aspects of Mexico’s rich heritage and one recognised for its cultural importance by UNESCO, Día de Muertos is a public holiday where people come together to pray for and remember friends and family who have died. Far from being a sad event, this is a party festooned with sugar skulls called calaveras, bright orange marigolds, colourful hand-chiselled papel picado decorations, candles, music, offerings of the deceased’s favourite foods and, of course, Tequila. This ancient Aztec festival was originally held in the summer, but as part of the Spanish colonisation Day of the Dead has gradually been relocated to 1st and 2nd November.
Patrón’s Day of the Dead Silver Tequila is a collaboration with INKD, who create custom limited-edition bottles. Honouring the iconic holiday, the striking design features a skull motif on the back of the bottle, Aztec marigolds and monarch butterflies; millions of the latter arrive in Mexico annually around the Day of the Dead festivities and are thought to be the souls of ancestors visiting Earth in folklore. So, get yourself a bottle, fire up the comal, break out the taco press, wrap some tamales, create a feast, and raise a glass of this crystal-clear, peppery and citrusy Tequila to lost loved ones.
The team at Hacienda Patrón say: “We didn’t invent Tequila, we just perfected it.” And when you taste their spirit, it’s obvious that they really have. Each bottle takes sixty hands (thirty people) to craft it. The process starts in the Jalisco highlands, where the Weber Blue Agave takes eight or more years to ripen. These huge plants are then harvested and chopped manually. The enormous hearts, or piña, are baked in brick ovens for at least three days, before being crushed with an almost two tonne volcanic stone Tahona wheel. The juice is then fermented for 72 hours, then distilled in handmade copper stills by David Rodriguez, who took over when the legendary Francisco Alcaraz retired. The Tequila is finally filled into artisan bottles and topped with a bulbous cork created in Lisbon. Each painstakingly perfect step is carried out by hand. And as if that wasn’t enough, Tequila Patrón also recycle their water, compost their leftover agave, invest in sustainable agave, plant trees, educate their workers, support their community food bank and work with two orphanages. So, this is good Tequila in more ways than one.
SKU No.: 3290525
Style No.: 829854
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