Robb Report Singapore - - Spirits - Pho­tog­ra­phy by WILL AN­DER­SON Styling by GOZDE EKER Words by RICHARD CAR­LETON HACKER pa­tron­te­

In 2014, Lee Ap­plbaum, the chief mar­ket­ing of­fi­cer at Pa­tron Spir­its, and Lalique CEO

Sil­vio Denz put their heads to­gether in Zurich, look­ing for a way to marry their sin­gu­lar crafts in a shared ves­sel. A year later came the re­lease of Pa­tron en Lalique: Se­rie 1, with 500 hand­made crys­tal de­canters hold­ing the ul­tra­premium tequila.

In late 2017, the 1920s art deco styling of Rene Lalique was in­voked to cre­ate Pa­tron en Lalique: Se­rie 2, which again com­bines the craft and her­itage of France and Mex­ico. How­ever, this cur­rent of­fer­ing is even rarer – only 299 bot­tles were re­leased – and more com­plex than the first lim­ited edi­tion. It took two years for mas­ter dis­tiller Fran­cisco Al­caraz to cre­ate the dis­tinct and de­li­cious elixir of this 80-proof ex­tra “He said he was not go­ing to cheat this,” Ap­plbaum says. “He wanted a very dif­fer­ent blend from Se­rie 1.” Al­caraz blended tequi­las in a fash­ion more akin to cognac, mix­ing liq­uid that had spent time in Amer­i­can, French and Span­ish sherry-sea­soned oak bar­rels.

Pa­tron are usu­ally blends, but blends of the same vin­tage. The Se­rie 2, how­ever, also unites tequi­las of var­i­ous ages – rang­ing from three to eight years old – mak­ing this tequila unique among all oth­ers. The re­sult is a golden nec­tar brim­ming with fresh fruit, vanilla and light agave ac­cented with a gen­tle touch of cher­ries and can­died pecans. It is a mas­ter­piece. (US$7,500)

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