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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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A super premium, 100% blue agave blanco tequila made by Jose Cuervo. This 1800 blanco is rested in American oak, and a small amount of French oak for up to 15 days.  More info
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A handsome premium white tequila from Maestro Dobel. This is blended from reposado, anejo and extra anejo 100% blue agave tequilas, and it is then filtered to remove the colour, whilst retaining a...  More info
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Sauza Hornitos Plata
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Calle 23 Blanco
(50cl, 40%)
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This reposado is a very popular and famous Tequila from Jose Cuervo. In fact, Cuervo has the highest sales of any tequila brand worldwide.  More info
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Clase Azul Plata
(70cl, 40%)
This beautiful blanco Tequila is made from agaves that were aged for at least 9 years. These are slow cooked in traditional ovens and are distilled before a triple filtration. Clase Azul Plata is...  More info
Clase Azul Reposado
(70cl, 40%)
An unbelievably good Reposado tequila, made from Organic agaves which are grown for over 9 years before slow cooking in traditional ovens. The fermentation is done using the company's secret blend of...  More info
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Bambarria Blanco is made in the same way as it was 100 years ago with a stone wheel (Tahona) turning round and round in a pit crushing the Agave, then mixed by foot, by a man up to his chest in a...  More info
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You'd be silly not to buy this Tequila Silla from the 1970s. Incredibly clever wordplay aside, it's a rare silver tequila bottled for the German market. Buy it now - it has a saddle on it!  More info
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A unique Tequila from Corralejo. This is distilled in a copper pot still, then column distilled, before a final stint in a copper pot still.  More info
Don Fulano Reposado
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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
$70.34
A very impressive anejo tequila from Don Fulano, which has been matured in French oak casks for a massive 5 years before it is bottled. With that sort of maturation comes plenty of rich, spicy notes...  More info
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(70cl, 38%)
A silver tequila from Jose Cuervo, a great addition to many a cocktail, especially a good Margarita!  More info
La Certeza Añejo
(75cl, 40%)
A 100% agave tequila, double-distilled in Cognac stills. An excellent quality small batch tequila, with all sorts of complexity and elegance. The name "Certeza" actually means "Certainty".  More info
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