Back in mid-May, a group from the consulate was invited to tour Hacienda Patrón. Never being one to miss out a trip to a tequila distillery, I signed up as soon as I received the invitation from the CLO.  The Patrón facility is located about two hours east of Guadalajara, whereas most distillers are located around the town of Tequila, one hour west of Guadalajara.  The location was selected based on the availability of the natural spring water supply they wanted to use in the production process.

I had not noticed Patrón tequilas in stores around town. It turns out only 1% of what they make is sold in Mexico, with 80% of their production going to the U.S.  We had a great tour, complete with lots of insight into their production process, lots of tastings and a delicious lunch and more sampling options in a beautiful bar and dining room.  Tours of Patrón are by invitation only, so I was very glad I was able to make the outing.

One way that Patrón varies in their production is by using open fermentation tanks.

They also use their own patented yeast, which they produce in their own lab on-site.

This is a compost area the size of four football fields.  Much of the compost is sold to farmers in the area, as well as to their blue agave providers.

The “Black Magic Woman” cocktail, prepared in this glass container that is filled with smoke prior to serving.