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Patrón Reposado

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The history of tequila is one with many hills and valleys. The spirit began its journey in the public eye as a bad tasting product used solely for the purpose of becoming intoxicated very quickly. However, Ed Brown took this image of tequila in his own hands and followed in the footsteps of Grey Goose to show that it can be enjoyed in more ways than just a shot. Through a switch in marketing tactics and making sure it had a clear presence with certain celebrities, tequila, and Patron in particular grew to be one of if not the most popular spirit in modern social culture. From Chamillionaire to Blondie, Patrón is known to be a favorite vice for the rich and famous.

The tequila itself actually began in the hands of Casa Siete Leguas, one of Mexico’s oldest distilleries. From there the recipe changed hands a few times until it landed at its current home in 1989, and is named for its most popular product, The Patrón Spirits Company.

The distillery uses the very same methods that have been utilized since the dawn of tequila. Because any “tequila” produced outside of the region of Tequila, Mexico can only downloadbe called an agave spirit, Patrón is obviously produced in the aforementioned area; the city is called Atontonilco. The process for producing the infamous Patrón tequila begins with the Jimadors (a Mexican farmer who harvest agave) with a tool called a coa. From there, they strip away the exterior to reveal the heart, the piña (if you like piña colaaadas,
and getting caaaught in the rain). After the piñas have been baked in small brick ovens, they are crushed by a two-ton volcanic stone Tahona wheel and a roller mill. (Siete Leguas actually uses a horse drawn stone that goes round and round to crush the cooked piñas, Patrón has moved past this practice to a more man made maneuver.) The resulting product is then fermented for three days, distilled, then aged for varying lengths, ranging from two months to seven years.

The tequila we will be discussing today is at the first end of the spectrum. Patrón Reposado is aged approximately nine months in a French oak (Allier) barrel. This particular choice of wood really comes out in the taste, but we will get to that later.

First, as always, is the nose. The smell is truly what one would expect and then some. We are first greeted in that beginning waft with the familiar smell of agave, and then a calming vanilla swirls through. The first impression of this product is very warm and inviting.

The taste itself is where one can really taste that sweet and cooked agave with the woody undertones from the French oak barrel. It is so pleasant and smooth that it took some serious self-control to keep from just downing the glass instead of doing a real tasting. It is truly delicious and is meant to be tasted, not thrown back.

This all being said, we highly recommend that you reserve your own bottle of Patrón Reposado from your favorite local Payless!

GYSOT! Gas Monkey Tequila

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Wooo!  Get you some of this!  Richard Rawlings of Gas Monkey Garage introduces Gas Monkey Cinnamon Tequila.  This tequila is 100% blue agave from Mexico, infused with natural cinnamon, 69 proof, and made in America.

Rawlings has held several jobs to feed his car habit including a firefighter, police officer and paramedic all before he was 21 years old. He then went on to build a printing and advertising company that he eventually sold to fund his greatest venture – Gas Monkey Garage.  Since 2012, it has been the focus of Discovery Channel’s Fast & Loud.

Here are few Monkey inspired cocktails for you to try:gasmonkeyoptimzed

MONKEY TONGUE

  • 1.5 oz. Gas Monkey Cinnamon Tequila
  • cinnamon sugar mix
  • lime slice

Rim shot glass with cinnamon sugar. Add chilled Gas Monkey Cinnamon Tequila. Shoot with lime.

MONKEYRITA

  • 1.5 oz. Gas Monkey Cinnamon Tequila
  • 2.5 oz. agave nectar
  • fresh lime juice
  • lime slice
  • salt

Add first three ingredients into an ice- filled shaker. Shake and strain into salt-rimmed rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with lime slice.

ORANGE PEEL OUT

  • 1.5 oz. Gas Monkey Cinnamon Tequila
  • 4 oz. orange soda
  • fresh jalapeño slice

Mix together over ice and garnish with jalapeño.

Pick up your bottle of Gas Monkey Tequila at your local Payless Liquor stores and keep Saturday, September 5 open. The one and only Richard Rawlings will be at our store located at 9310 N. Michigan Road for a tasting and bottle signing from Noon – 1:30pm.  GYSOT!

 

National Tequila Day

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July 24th is National Tequila Day.

Tequila is a spirit made from the agave plant.  Mexico is the only country that can legally produce Tequila and it can only be made in the state of Jalisco and surrounding regions.

Tequila is usually bottled in one of five categories:

  • Blanco (white) or Plata (silver): A white spirit that is unaged and bottled or stored immediately after distillation.
  • Joven (young) or Oro (gold): This is an unaged silver tequila that may be flavored with caramel coloring or oak extract. It can also be a blend of silver tequila with aged and/or extra-aged tequila.
  • Reposado (rested): Tequila that is aged a minimum of two months, but less than a year in oak barrels of any size.
  • Añejo (aged or vintage): Has been aged a minimum of one year, but less than three years in small oak barrels.
  • Extra Añejo (extra aged or ultra-aged): Tequila that is aged a minimum of three years in oak barrels. This category was established in March 2006.

In the late 1990s, Sammy Hagar began selling patrons of his Cabo Wabo resort a house Cabo-Wabo-Tequila-Blancobrand, hand-made tequila that he commissioned from a family owned distillery in Jalisco.  It became a quick success and by 2006 it was the second-best-selling premium tequila in the US.  Cabo Wabo Tequila is bottled in unique, hand-blown artisan glass bottles.

Cabo Wabo Tequila Blanco offers an aroma with a fresh, floral bouquet, spicy lime and mint.  Flavors of agave and a slight spice character deliver a crisp clean finish.  This tequila has won multiple awards including Bronze and Silver at the San Francisco World Spirts Competition and Silver at the 2013 International Wine and Spirts Competition.

Cabo Wabo Tequila Blanco is easily enjoyed as a chilled shot or in your favorite cocktail.  Here are some recipes to help you celebrate National Tequila Day:

The CaboRita

  • 3 oz Cabo Blanco Tequila
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1 oz Contreau
  • Splash of Grand Marnier

Combine all of the ingredients in a shaker with ice.  Shake several times.  Strain, pour, and enjoy.

Beer-Rita

  • 24 oz. (2 bottles) Light Beer
  • 12 oz. Can Frozen Limeade
  • 8 oz. Cabo Wabo Blanco
  • Limes

Fill pitcher with ice. Add beer, limeade and Cabo. Stir. Throw in some lime wedges. Done.

The Siesta

  • 2 oz. Cabo Blanco
  • ½. Oz Campari
  • ½ oz Freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ½ oz. freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
  • ½ oz. simple syrup

Garnish with a grapefruit rind

Payless Liquors has Cabo Wabo Tequila Blanco for just $29.99.  You can stop in at any one of our stores or contact us to reserve your bottle online.  Please enjoy National Tequila Day responsibly.

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