Lucas Bols will acquire the Partida Tequila brand from Gary Shansby and Edrington for an undisclosed sum. The “intended acquisition strengthens Lucas Bols’ portfolio with tequila, one of the fastest-growing spirits categories in the United States,” a statement said. Expected to close in the first quarter of 2022, the deal adds Partida’s La Familia and Roble Fino product ranges to the Lucas Bols global portfolio. Tequila Partida was founded in 2005 and inspired by its namesake, Enrique Partida, a third-generation agave farmer who was considered a master in his community. Tequila Partida is made from only blue agave grown in the Tequila Valley, near a dormant volcano. Part of the La Familia product range is aged in ex-bourbon, American white oak casks to enhance the fresh natural agave flavor and color. The Roble Fino product range is considered “the single malt of tequila,” combining the highest-rated tequila and the finest single malt sherry oak casks.