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Behold, Guillermo del Toro's Own Tequila

It's Kind of Scary, Naturally

By Hadley Tomicki ·
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Throughout his celebrated career, Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro unleashed numerous horrors upon unsuspecting audiences: The pistol-whipping murder of a Spanish peasant in Pan’s Labyrinth. The pickled fetuses lining shelves in the Devil’s Backbone. The constant gag-inducing gore of The Strain.

Del Toro’s latest project promises a new type of scare: sticker shock.

The director collaborated with Patrón on a $475 gift box containing two unique bottles of tequila. The whole package looks like some kind of Danzig box-set; a black matte package that opens to a box covered in Del Toro's silver and black doodles.

In a very del Toro touch, that also opens, revealing a skeleton-shaped bottle in its heart, bookended by a landscape of del Toro’s native Jalisco, the horns of a minotaur and archangel wings suggested over the corpse's head in arcane red. It's all pretty fucking Metal.

The bottle actually separates into two distinct spirits. The skeleton's body is full of a dark extra añejo, while the skull contains an aged orange liquor produced from Patrón. The two can be combined together in cocktails or sipped neat, depending on what you like to do with your extremely expensive tequilas.

In fact, maybe you don’t want to drink these things at all. Available in limited quantities and bearing two candles and a book that details the project, the tequila is intended to be a collector’s item, the rare instance in which a filmmaker collaborates on a branded spirit.

You can pick one up online now or poke around your local liquor stores in search of one. They're out there. Meanwhile, we promise to let you know the moment the seventh seal breaks and Michael Bay’s Birthday Cake vodka gift set comes barreling down on your position.

Hadley Tomicki lives in Los Angeles. He is probably going nowhere on the 10 Freeway this very second.

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