Guillermo del Toro is a twisted motherfucker. Over the past quarter century, the Mexican filmmaker and novelist made such dark cinema as Pan's Labyrinth, Blade II, Hellboy, Crimson Peak and this winter's The Shape of Water. The horror-comic fan was also born and raised in the Mexican state of Jalisco, home to the town of Tequila, so he certainly knows his way around the blue agave spirit. Sure, his films seem to have a stronger connection to other psychoactive plants, but his latest collaboration involves one of Jalisco's most famous distilleries, Patrón.
The Oscar-nominated filmmaker, the award-winning distillery and acclaimed illustrator Guy Davis combined their talents to craft a gorgeous tequila-art mashup. The limited-edition product—available for pre-order now and shipping in early September—involved a laborious process that took more than two years to create. Designed to resemble an altar for the dark arts, the packaging is downright haunting with a warped take on Mexico's cultural symbols and imagery. Inside the blood-red altar, a glass skeleton contains aged and blended tequila with a nutty vanilla and dried fruit aroma, topped by a glass skull filled with aged orange liqueur that boasts notes of caramel, clove and vanilla. Two votive candles sit just below the skeleton to illuminate the altar and set the mood.
So, do you drink the spirits, or save the entire set as a collector's item? That's a question only you can answer, but remember, you can always drink the tequila and refill it later with Gran Patrón Piedra. Your friends will never know the difference… unless, of course, you're friends with Guillermo del Toro.
Guillermo del Toro x Patrón tequila runs $475 on a first-come, first-served basis until it sells out.