Patrón Perfectionists Judgment Day

…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

Myself

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.

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