Patrón Scratches Seven-Year Itch with Oldest Tequila It’s Ever Made

Only 700 cases of Patrón Extra Añejo 7 Años exist

You might want to sip this one slowly. Patrón has just released the oldest tequila it has ever produced.

Despite the winning combination of low-to-the-ground barrels and atmospheric temperatures, Patrón Extra Añejo 7 Años feels a bit like a happy accident. It certainly wasn’t part of any plan. Made in just 30 barrels in the Highlands of Jalisco, Mexico, the tequila was originally supposed to age for a year. But the barrels stayed there year after year. After seven years, Patrón tasted the tequila and realized this was something customers should have the opportunity to try.

The result is surprising because aging tequila too long can diminish its agave elements and leave you with something that tastes largely like wood. Instead, Patrón ended up with 700 cases of something special that even the brand’s master distiller Francisco Alcaraz admits might be impossible to replicate. In fact, Patrón also recently tasted some five-year-old tequila and determined that it didn’t meet its standards.

Patrón Extra Añejo 7 Años, which is billed as having a “smooth and sweet taste, with distinct notes of dry fruits, citrus, and light caramel” retails at $299 a bottle, making it slightly more expensive than Casa Dragones Joven and less pricey than Don Julio Real (aged for three to five years). Patrón president and CEO Ed Brown says he knows that he could charge more for something this rare, but he wanted to make the price “accessible” for fans of luxury spirits.

Patrón Extra Añejo 7 Años is available at liquor stores with high-end selections nationwide, until it’s gone.