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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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El Jimador Blanco
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A silver tequila from El Jimador, this is bottled immediately after distillation, the result is crisp, fruity and great in cocktails.  More info
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100% blue agave, double distilled and matured in ex-bourbon barrels for 9 months. Herencia Mexicana Reposado Tequila is made by Destilería La Fortuna in Arandas County, Jalisco, Mexico.  More info
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901 Silver Tequila
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The Extra Anejo Tequila from Kah is aged in American oak barrels for a massive 4 and a half years before it is bottled. During this time, it takes on a great deal of honey maple, caramel and smoky...  More info
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Olmeca Altos Plata
(70cl, 38%)
Made of 100% agave from Los Altos, high up in Jalisco, Mexico, Olmeca Altos Plata is a blanco tequila, perfect for margaritas.  More info
$44.70
A sleekly presented Añejo tequila from the Don Agustin range, produced in Jalisco using 100% agave. Having aged for at least 12 months, this Don Agustin expression has developed a depth of flavour and...  More info
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Patrón Reposado
(70cl, 40%)
Patrón Reposado is aged in oak for around 6 months. A great sipping Tequila, this also makes a fantastic Margarita. Each bottle is hand filled, signed and uniquely numbered.  More info
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$70.01
Arette Blanco
(70cl, 38%)
A silver tequila from Arette, this was launched in 2007 and is made at the El Llano distillery, which has been owned by the Orendain family since the early 20th century. This is bottled on site in...  More info
$35.36
This is a delicious Añejo Tequila, bottled for the superb Single Barrel range from Ocho. It was made by Carlos Camarena at the Los Corrales ranch. The agave plants were harvested in 2010, and the...  More info
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Smooth and balanced reposado tequila from Don Julio, aged for just under a year in bourbon barrels.  More info
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$66.49
AquaRiva Blanco
(70cl, 38%)
Produced with nothing but 100% Blue Weber Agave, AquaRiva's Blanco is a deliciously flavoursome silver tequila, made with agave and water from the Jalisco highlands. Try it in cocktails - it makes a...  More info
$34.18
Ocho Añejo Tequila
(70cl, 40%)
A fine example of the (long overdue) development of the Tequila marketplace into more geographically identifiable areas and regions. Mexico has perhaps the largest variation in terms of terroir of its...  More info
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A premium Reposado from Sauza, this is aged in American white oak barrels for four months, offering a mellow, spicy, sweet flavour.  More info
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The 2013 release of Jose Cuervo's Reserva de la Familia, an expression first released in 1995 to celebrate two centuries of the famous tequila brand. Every drop of this Extra Añejo tequila is aged in...  More info
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Sauza Hornitos Añejo
(70cl, 38%)
100% Blue Agave tequila aged for between 12 and 36 months in ex-Bourbon casks. Superb in a Margherita, but more than at home as a sipping tequila.  More info
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$55.20
Don Julio Añejo Tequila
(70cl, 37.80%)
An 18 month aged tequila from Don Julio. This is aged in American white oak barrels and the result is a citrussy, fruity tequila.  More info
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$73.07
El Jimador Reposado
(70cl, 38%)
Allow us to introduce Mexico's bestselling tequila… El Jimador Reposado is aged for 2 months in White Oak barrels before bottles. It is stunningly smooth with notes of cooked agave, vanilla and...  More info
$31.48
El Jimador Añejo
(70cl, 38%)
An Añejo tequila from bestselling Mexican brand El Jimador, this is aged for a year in toasted white oak barrels. It offers sweet vanilla and toffee flavours with plenty of spice. Delicious!  More info
$38.09
A super premium tequila from Herradura. Seleccion Suprema is a limited edition tequila aged in oak for 49 months.  More info
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$305.19
Great reposado Tequila aged for around 6 months in white oak. It is well balanced, and made using agave from plants which were at least 10 years old.  More info
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$48.62
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Kah Anejo Tequila
(70cl, 40%)
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