GSN Review: Partida Roble Fino & Partida Añejo Cristalino Tequilas

Tequila Partida recently introduced a new line of luxury sipping tequilas, Tequila Partida Roble Fino, and a new member to the core family, Tequila Partida Anejo Cristalino.

Partida Roble Fino includes the first sherry-aged Cristalino Reposado, as well as sherry-aged Reposado and Añejo, made in partnership with Edrington’s best in cask management. They combine four corners of the world, starting in the volcanic red soil from Mexico, bourbon barrels from the US and Scotland’s single malt barrels, and finished in Oloroso casks from Jerez de la Frontera.

Roble Fino Reposado begins with Partida’s Reposado aged for a minimum of 6 months, then aged for an additional 2 months in ex-single malt, sherry seasoned casks from Scotch Whisky. Roble Fino Reposado Cristalino initially follows the same process as the Reposado. The Reposado Cristalino is then naturally filtered to remove all color while retaining its defined body and complex flavors and aromas achieved through a double aging process. GSN’s Remarks: These are very nearly interchangable in character, flavor and mouthfeel. The sherry gives adds a sprightly brightness and the ex-malt adds more wood and a deepening flavor. Unless you’re looking for a somewhat novel presentation, we suggest the Roble Fino Reposado for a more traditional experience. GSN Rating for both: A-

Roble Fino Añejo begins with Partida’s Añejo, aged for a minimum 18 months. It then continues finishing for an additional 5 months in ex-single malt, sherry seasoned casks from Scotch Whisky. GSN’s Remarks: This expression tends toward of more mature and finished character than the Reposados. A fine and contemplative, caramel patinaed spirit. Near chewy and dessert-like towards the finish, this makes for a nice cigar pairing tequila. GSN Rating: A+

Partida Añejo Cristalino is produced using fully mature blue weber agave cultivated in the Tequila Valley. The freshly harvested agaves are slowly and evenly cooked for 24 hours before they’re aged in white American oak medium toast ex-bourbon barrels for a minimum of 18 months. After the liquid finishes aging, the Cristalino is naturally filtered using activated carbon to remove most of the color while still maintaining the aromas and flavors gained through aging. The transparent Añejo is then diluted with demineralized volcanic spring water until 40% ABV. GSN’s Remarks: This is a lovely, fruity and round tequila with no rough edges. Some rock candy and light pepper come through, but overall, the spirit of agave speaks for itself. Our current favorite tequila at GSN. GSN Rating: A++

For more information go to: Partida Tequila

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