…And then there came Wednesday, the day of the Semi finals…all contestants did a great job and although the tension was present, we all had a great time and cheered everyone up after their 10 minutes in front of the jury. First heat were (in running order):
Tomoe Osawa from Japan
Gian Paolo Di Pierro from Italy
Sergio Figueroa from Mexico City
Joshua Garthwaite from South Africa
Nathalie Durrieu from France
Omer Gazin from Israel
Greg Almeida from UK
Makina Labreque from Canada
After a light lunch the second heat took place. Contestant were
Jin-Woo Lee from South Korea
Emilio Valencia from UAE
Jose Romero from Guadalajara
Madeleine Tate from New Zealand
Diego González from Spain
Tim Devriendt from Belgium
Li Tong from China
David Robinson from Australia
After the runthrough Lee Applbaum, the Global Chief Marketing Officer for Patrón came up with a very special kind of tasting, rewarding us for our efforts so far. Inviting us to the first floor of the Hacienda, we got the chance to discover the amazing tase of a bottle of Patròn en Lalique, a very rare Tequila that is exclusively available in a handmade Lalique cristal decanter. Bottles are limited to 500 worldwide and the tastes just blows you off.
Sipping this liquid gold, everybody enjoyed the mexican evening sun on the sundeck, before we gathered again for dinner and the announcement of the six finalsts.
Omer Gazit, Greg Almeida, Jin-Woo Lee, Tim Devriendt, Li Tong and David Robinson were the ones to present their cocktails in the grand final on Thursday.
The final day began with the visit of Casa Patrón, another production facility in the heart of Atotonilco el Alto and some sightseeing. Charming little village, definetly worth a visit.
After our return to the Hacienda, the finalists started their preparations for the evening, while the rest of us received another highlight. We were allowed to blend our own tequila. Yes, trust your eyes, each of us, who were not on the grand final, blended their own tequila, a unique bottle.
I chose from three different casks:
American and French Oak, aged 26 months
Limousin Oak, aged for 26 months
Hungarian Oak, aged 11,5 months
For the Grand Final the Copper Bar was filled to capacity and all six showed an amazing performance. Li Tong was the one who impressed the jury the most with her creation, story telling and some magic. Well deserved she was proclaimed Patròn Perfectionist 2017.
Shirt by Paul Smith
It was truly a trip of a lifetime. Met so many amazing people, made new friends, gathered experience and was taken to wonderful places. If you ever get the chance to visit this place or think about taking place in the Patron Perfectionists competition, I can only advise you to take this opportunity. It’s a time of your life you will never forget. Thank you to everyone involved to let me take part in this adventure.