With mezcal on the rise and tequila being exploited by the likes of Chris Brown and Xzibit’s Bonita tequila (is this brand done yet?) and Justin Timberlake’s Sauza 901, maybe Patrón’s partnership with French glass designer Lalique was inevitable. For guys like me that still love unique expressions of silver or unaged white tequila, finding a great bottle is still routine, but for those who just want to live the 100-points lifestyle, James Suckling-style, your ship has arrived. And when I say ship, I mean big ass yacht.
Dust off that pair of $350 Enfants shot glasses and get ready for Patrón en Lalique, a blend of extra añejo tequilas aged in a mix of new American oak and new and used French oak. The limited edition Lalique crystal decanter—complete with an amber bottle stopper and ornamented with an agave pattern—will be available to 500 elite customers for the low, low price of $7,500 (limes not included).
Lalique has worked with Scotch brand Macallan scotch in the past, but this will be their first foray into tequila, which has been pushing farther into the high-end category each year with bottles like Gran Patrón, Cabo Uno, and Asombroso Del Porto. Still, we can’t tell if this is a new high or low. Patron en Lalique isn’t likely to replace that bottle of Armand de Brignac Brut on Jay Z’s table—but I’m sure it’ll be good enough for Lil’ John.
Of course, Patron en Lalique is a bargain next to the $225K Ultra Premium Ley, and the bottle made by Lalique is quite a step up from the usual glass blown agaves and desert themed glass figures, or the tacky tequila bottles shaped like weapons. I’ll be sticking to my trusted blancos, but since these bottles will likely be on mantles of Beverly Hills mansions and in liquor lockers at the country club, I’m never going to see it anyway (just like no one ever breaks out their 100-point wine glasses at Wine Riot). When it comes to thousand-dollar tequilas, ignorance is bliss.