Patron Silver NOM 1492 Tasted 3/7/08. On this date I tried this tequila at the Davis Graduate Tequila Bar using a snifter. This tequila is clear in color and has intense floral and earthy aromas with moderate fruit and spice. There are also hints of smoke to this silver tequila. A mellow taste on the tongue leads to a sweet entry with mild bitterness. The Patron Silver flavor contains intense earthy and floral flavors and moderate to intense agave. The tequila also has mild intensities of fruit and spice followed by a small amount of alcohol bite to the finish. Patron Silver finishes with a medium to long duration of flavor and a numbing alcohol feeling. This tequila has been awarded the overall rating of 87/88 points out of 100.
Patron Silver Tequila, NOM 1492. I enjoyed this crystal clear spirit in a small Cognac snifter where it released a clean, earthy agave nose accompanied with light alcohol. It initially had a hot, peppery taste but softened into flavors of agave, sweet citrus & spice. This light bodied tequila soon opened up with more hints of alcohol, spice & a sweet aftertaste that followed all the way through a medium duration finish. There was also an open sensation due in part to the alcohol which was present through the entire tasting. I thought this tequila could be smoother considering the Patron name & the price. B/B+
This was my first tequila years ago. New to the tequila world I thought it was expensive compared to what I had been drinking. I made terrible drinks with it due to my inexperience but often enjoyed it neat. This tequila is popular and got my drinking tequila but did not kick my obsession into what it is now.
Taste: clay with ground black pepper and light on the tongue with help from the ice finishing with a blanco burn
For blancos I would much rather drink either the Chinaco, Corralejo or the Milagro. My current top three blanco picks as of the writing of this review. If in a pinch as I was with the bar only have Patron as the "top shelf" Tequila brand then Patron is what you are stuck ordering.
Patron Silver is one of my favorites. I did this tasting side by side with a new bottle of El Tesoro (older white label) and liked it just as well. There were distinct differences but not one better that the other. The Patron was lighter and sweeter with a medium intensity, lighter body and bright agave nose. It has more of a grass/herb character, zero wood, with a simple but fairly strong to complex taste and not too much burn going down from a balanced alcohol finish. I asked myself which one I wanted more of after the tasting and it was the Patron.