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Partida Reposado 100% Agave Tequila

Partida Reposado
100% Agave Tequila


By Robert Plotkin

Reposados are the bestselling expression of tequila in their native land of Mexico. A few sips of Partida Reposado 100% Agave Tequila should be more than enough to explain why. This extraordinary spirit possesses many of the best qualities of an exuberant unaged blanco and the refined elegance of an añejo. Trust that when you uncork a bottle of Partida Reposado, you're opening one of the finest tequilas made.

As is the case with most products that have ascended to the top of their class, it is the result of passion and skillful craftsmanship. Artisanal Partida Reposado is handmade from agaves grown on estates in the Tequila Amatitan Valley. Its microclimate and the rich, red volcanic soil are ideal for cultivating Weber Blue agave.

Prior to harvesting, Maestro Tequilero José Valdez scrutinizes each plant to ensure it has reached peak maturity (between 7 and 10 years old), has a sugar content no less than 27%, and the piña weighs a minimum of 30kg. In addition, its leaves—called pencas—must be trimmed no longer than 2cm to prevent their natural bitterness from influencing the finished distillate. To best preserve the agaves' freshness they are harvested and cooked all in the same day.

The sugar-rich piñas are baked for 20-24 hours in stainless steel ovens. It should be noted that Partida utilizes stainless steel equipment for qualitative reasons. The only way to protect the cleanliness of the finished tequila is to make sure that the equipment used in its production is spotlessly clean, which is attainable when they're made out of stainless.
After the agaves are baked, the extracted juice is allowed to slowly and naturally ferment. The wild yeast used to precipitate fermentation comes from the agaves themselves or are airborne in the environment. To maintain consistency from one small batch to the next, Valdez starts the process with juice that has the same concentration of residual sugar (11 brix).

Distillation takes place in two stages, both of which occur in traditional pot stills. The tequila is allowed to rest for two weeks after distillation and then again after it's rendered to 40% alcohol by volume (80 proof). These added steps allow its flavors to become fully integrated. Valdez adds no artificial coloring, sweeteners, flavor enhancers or glycerin to his tequila.

Partida Reposado is aged in American white oak barrels for not less than six months. Simply put, the tequila is magnificent. It has a lustrous amber/gold hue, a medium-weight, satiny textured body and a generous bouquet of chocolate, vanilla, hazelnut and almonds. Nosing the reposado is an engaging experience. The entry is soft and gentle and by mid-palate the tequila fills the mouth with the delectable flavors of spice, cocoa, vanilla and hazelnuts. The finish is long, semisweet and thoroughly satisfying.

It should go without saying that the best way to appreciate a sophisticated spirit like Partida Reposado is to sip it neat or over a few cubes of ice. If you believe as we do that the better the spirit, the better the resulting drink, then featuring this classy tequila in a specialty cocktail isn't sacrilege, it's an act of creative genius.

The entire Partida range is equally sublime. Unadulterated by the affects of barrel aging, Partida Blanco is crystalline perfection. It has a silky smooth texture and wafting aromatics of floral, citrus and spice. The palate is a well-balanced offering of herbs, honey and fruit. Partida Añejo is matured for a minimum of 18 months. During its stay in wood the tequila acquires an alluring copper hue and a generous bouquet of ripe red fruit, spice and cocoa aromas. The tequila delivers long-lasting waves of fruit and pastry-like flavors.

Partida Elegante Extra Añejo is the epitome of luxury. The tequila spends between 36 to 40 months in once used Jack Daniels barrels. It has a deep amber hue and a bouquet of dark chocolate, dried fruit and vanilla. The palate is highly nuanced with floral, spicy and fruit flavors that gradually subside into a memorable finish.

The bottom line—Partida tequilas are too good to share with the in-laws. Salud!