Tequila Review: Patron XO Café Infused Tequila
Wow! And I don’t say that very often about tequila, if you can really call it that. The Patron Xo Café is like maple syrup in both color and consistency. It’s technically being called liqueur even though it weighs in at an impressive 70 proof. Jacketed in the traditional Patron globed decanter and capped with an enormous cork, the bottle would look seemingly familiar, if it weren’t for the unusual opaque liquid that helps to contrast the label. The flavor is delicious with a coffee profile more akin to a French vanilla iced coffee rather than a powerful dark roasted coffee. If there’s tequila in it, you could have fooled me, for a seemingly peculiar concept the tequila and coffee blend marry perfectly. According to the Patron tequila distillers the Patron the XO Café is “unlike most coffee liqueurs, the taste is more dry than sweet. The higher proof brings out the flavor of the coffee essence and the ultra premium tequila.” Although it was very good, chilled and neat, it’s clearly been designed to be used as a mixing component rather than drank as a shot. I came across several interesting recipes that all sounded excellent and will assuredly be appearing in our Mixology section, but one really tugged at my heart strings and I just have to yell it from the rooftop. The Baby Guinness, is a combination consisting of two parts chilled Patron XO Café and topped with Irish Cream. Seriously, this is one shot that everyone needs to start putting on their bucket lists. At about $65.00 a bottle it’s a little bit tough to justify paying for an entire bottle, although it would probably last an extensive amount time, it’s definitely worth your hard earned money if you can find it at your local watering hole. So, if you’re one of the millions of survivors of spring breaks past and still shutter at the thought of even smelling tequila, don’t officially write it off for good just yet. Instead, welcome back to the kiddy pool and give the Patron XO café straight, or in a Baby Guinness, a try. It’s time to face your fears, deliciously!
Price: $65.00 per bottle
Characteristics: Velvety smooth french coffee profile with a creamy finish.
Verdict: Buy or Sample, this one is a winner!