Drink it up: Winter Park Resort commemorates new gondola with one-of-a-kind tequila by Patrón | SkyHiNews.com

Drink it up: Winter Park Resort commemorates new gondola with one-of-a-kind tequila by Patrón

One of the customized labels that will cover Winter Park Resort's one-of-a-kind tequila celebrating the Gondola, with the elevation, barrel wood type and year.
Courtesy Winter Park Resort

With over $28 million in improvements at Winter Park Resort, there will be plenty to celebrate this season, including a new, exclusive tequila offering at the resort commemorating The Gondola.

In a partnership with tequila maker Patrón, the resort will offer a limited-time, one-of-a-kind reposado tequila made specifically to celebrate the Gondola, which the resort will call the 10,700 tequila after the elevation of The Gondola.

“It’s something they were looking to do to enhance our partnership with Patrón, as well as come up with something that is cool for people to experience at the resort and that’s unique to us,” said the resort’s director of public relations and communications Steve Hurlbert.

The resort received a barrel of reposado tequila from the partnership, which produces about 150 to 180 bottles. It will be available starting mid-December in drink or shot form at any of the resort’s bars or alcohol-serving restaurants, such as the Sunspot Lounge, Club Car, Derailer or Mary Jane.

Each bottle and the barrel head will be branded with “The Gondola Elev. 10,700 Winter Park Resort 2018.”

Winter Park Resort is the only ski resort with a customized Patrón tequila. While the resort is still working on pricing and deals, Executive Chef Abby Gallagher said it would be a unique experience for guests.

“In terms of the mountain, this is going to be neat,” Gallagher said. “It smells and tastes so good.”

Working with a Patrón representative, the resort customized their tequila by choosing the production method, the barrel material and the aging length.

One of the characteristics that makes the tequila unique is the two kinds of oak used to make the barrel, including a French white oak and wood from a charred American oak whiskey barrel.

The aging also impacts the flavor of the tequila and typically, a reposado is aged for two to 11 months, according to the Patrón website. The 10,700 tequila was aged 10 and a half months.

The combination of aging and barrel wood creates a sweet, fresh oak flavor with hints of vanilla. It will be a slightly darker color than Patrón’s regular reposado.

The barrel head, with personalized information about the tequila, and a certificate of authenticity from Patrón master distiller Francisco Alcaraz will be featured at the bar at Sunspot.

The resort has been in partnership with Patrón since November 2017.

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