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Tequila

Tequila is a Mexican spirit, made with the blue agave or “agave tequilana” from where the drink gets its name. Tequila is produced in the area surrounding the city of the same name, and in the Mexican highlands.

Tequila was first produced in the 1500s, near what is now the city of Tequila. The agave plant had been used in the preparation of alcoholic drinks for centuries; in fact the Aztecs had made a fermented drink from it called octli. In around 1600, the Marquis of Altamira, Don Pedro Sánchez de Tagle, first mass produced tequilas in a factory he founded in Jalisco.

The agave plant is still harvested by hand, by workers called "jimadores" They work carefully to harvest the small Agave offspring without damaging the parent plant. The exact time of the harvest is very important, because if the agave plants are gathered too early in the season, the natural sugars will have yet to develop, and if it is gathered too late, the natural sugars will have already been used up by the plant.



The agave plants are then shredded and pressed and the juices are fermented in vats. More traditional companies still crush the plants with an old-fashioned stone wheel.

The fermented juices are distilled, usually twice, though sometimes three times. Tequila is often barrel aged, and this helps develop the flavours and aromas of the drink.

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1800 Silver Tequila
(70cl, 38%)
This is a premium 100% blue agave silver Tequila from 1800.  More info
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El Carrizal is a 2008 vintage, single estate tequila from Ocho. It was made from agave plants harvested at Rancho La Carrizal and was aged in oak for more than three years before bottling. Very good...  More info
$131.54
Rested in oak casks for a number of months, this is a single estate tequila from El Refugio.  More info
$31.34
From the famous tequila producers, Sauza, Tres Generaciones Añejo is aged in American oak for 12 months before bottling.  More info
$77.36
Blue Agave tequila aged for 4 months in American oak. They've made this tequila since 1924, and the Antiguo estate has long been known as one that produces top quality spirit. This was launched in...  More info
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$45.29
A quality 100% blue agave Mexican tequila that's double distilled to the desired strength and then bottled without the need for any water to be added!  More info
$46.26
AquaRiva Reposado
(70cl, 38%)
Produced by the AquaRiva company, this is a stunning Reposado Tequila. It is made with pure spring water and 100% Blue Weber Agave plants sourced from the Mexican Jalisco Highlands.  More info
$37.32
1800 Tequila Reposado
(70cl, 38%)
After spending up to a year in oak casks, this 1800 Reposado Tequila is ready for Margaritas, Sunrises or even enjoyed neat. Beautiful golden hue to this, too.  More info
$43.46
The Tapatio Blanco Tequila is a silver tequila that's as good as gold! (We'd like to make it clear that we're using "good as gold" as an expression, not comparing it to Joven/gold tequila. That would...  More info
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$32.75
Olmeca Altos Reposado
(70cl, 38%)
An award winning Reposado, including a gold medal at the International Wine & Spirit Competition. Plus, let's face it, the bottle is pretty spiffy!  More info
$51.24
Don Julio Blanco Tequila
(70cl, 37.80%)
Citrussy and fresh, Don Julio's Blanco tequila was rated as "Classic" by Wine Enthusiast Magazine. This is their highest commendation, and it was awarded after their noted critic, F Paul Pacult after...  More info
$64.34
Named after the famous horse Siete Leguas (Seven Leagues) that carried the revolutionary Pancho Villa all over Mexico, the Casa 7 Leguas produces some fantastic tequilas using traditional processes...  More info
$75.85
Herencia Mexicana Tequila comes from the Positos Ranch in Jalisco, Mexico. It is made with 100% blue agave which have been harvested only when they have reached their peak of ripeness. Their Blanco...  More info
$70.69
100% agave tequila from one of the most consistent producers in Mexico.  More info
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$40.40
Kept in casks that previously held bourbon for four months, Tapatio Reposado Tequila works fantastically in cocktails and by itself.  More info
$34.04
Centinela Reposado
(70cl, 38%)
Reposado tequila from the Centinela brand, produced in Arandas, Jalisco, with 100% agave and rested in oak barrels for 18 months. The Centinela brand's history stretches back to 1904 - we're sure the...  More info
$81.19
Villa Lobos Reposado
(70cl, 40%)
Villa Lobos Reposado tequila from Carlos Camarena, the mind behind other favourites like Tapatio and Ocho Tequila. The Villa Lobos range spend at least 6 months resting in tanks before being aged in...  More info
$57.60
Gran Centenario Anejo
(70cl, 38%)
A beautiful añejo from Gran Centenario made with 100% Blue Agave. It is aged for 18 months in American oak barrels.  More info
$62.83
From Cuervo's ultra-premium super-top-drawer line of fabulous Tequilas in equally fabulous wooden boxes (just check out the The Anejo, a spirit we like to refer to as "El Tigre", but not because it...  More info
$70.34
Adourned with a picture of a deer (they do have them in Mexico!), this Añejo tequila is aged for at least a year in small American white oak barrels. Clean, well balanced and rich, a great tequila.  More info
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$66.02
Don Fulano Reposado
(70cl, 40%)
The Reposado tequila from artisan distillers Don Fulano is matured for 8 months in French oak barrels before it is bottled. Similar to the Blanco, it's rich and herbal, though the Reposado has...  More info
$68.36
A hot, peppery tequila, made with 100% blue agave in Mexico. We love the bright, lively flavours and we also really love the label featuring an eagle flying, claws outstretched, towards a snake...  More info
$27.05
Calle 23 Reposado
(50cl, 40%)
Resting is good for tequila, just like resting is good for people. This Calle 23 Reposado is rested in ex-bourbon casks for 8 months, which imparts a smoothness and a good amount of spices from the...  More info
$29.39
¡Ay, caramba! An unaged tequila from the most popular tequila brand in the world! Perfect in cocktails such as the famous Margarita!  More info
$29.14
Unaged tequila from the Don Agustin range, produced in Jalisco. Made from 100% agave and not even shown a barrel before it was bottled, this tequila would feel right at home at the centre of your...  More info
$53.08
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