Partida Añejo Tequila is a smooth yet strong aged tequila with the scent of cherry and almonds. It’s as spicy as the foods from the country it was born, Mexico. As expected, this is a 100% agave so you know you’re getting the real deal and not a mixto.
The bottle has a sense of style and clarity so you can see the golden spirit held within. The golden hue is pale, much like that of thin polished copper and perfectly clear. This tequila is meant to be sipped, period. You can mix it if you wish but Partida has a great Blanco and Reposado which would work well in a Margarita or Tequila Sunrise.
Sipping this tequila will bombard your senses with that of banana, honey and pear and will finish with a strong bite to remind you you’re drinking an anejo. The taste reminds me slightly of an aged whiskey, which may be because it is”aged in American oak one-pass Jack Daniels barrels, reveals an intense flavor that can only come from advanced aging.” Aged for about eighteen months, it is smooth yet potent to the pallet, clearing your senses and nasal passages.
The spirit is 40% alcohol by volume, so drink slowly. I rang in the New Year with a small glass of Partida Añejo and will probably make it a yearly ritual. Their website does suggest this as a recipe for their anejo tequila:
3 oz. Partida Anejo Tequila
1/4 oz. Partida Agave Nectar
Dash of Angostura
Orange Peel (muddled)
Bitters and Partida Nectar in an old-fashioned glass, add ice and Anejo Tequila.
Stir and garnish with brandied cherries on a pick.
That’s about it! What makes Partida different from other Tequila companies?
“Our agave is like no other. It’s cultivated for 7-10 years until the piñas are perfectly ripened with concentrated sugars, harvested by hand and then slowly baked in state-of-the-art stainless steel autoclaves. The reason: To preserve the freshness of each sacred agave.” (partidatequila.com)
Whatever magic it is, I believe it. Next up, time to take a drink of their Reposado! For more on types of tequila, check out our prior article on agave.