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Tequila

What is tequila? Tequila is a distilled alcoholic beverage made from the blue agave plant, primarily in the area surrounding the city of Tequila, 65 km (40 miles) northwest of Guadalajara, and in the highlands (Los Altos) of the western Mexican state of Jalisco. Tequila is most often made at a 38% alcohol content (76 US proof) but can be produced between 35-55% ABV.

The first distillation of what we now know as tequila took place in 1530, just 30 years after the Spanish conquest of Mexico. It was created by a man named Martin de la Cruz, who was inspired by a similar drink being made in Spain. Tequila quickly became popular throughout Mexico, and by the early 1800s, it was being exported to other countries.

Tequila is made from the agave plant, which is native to Mexico. There are more than 200 varieties of agave, but only one, the blue agave, is used to make tequila. The blue agave plant takes anywhere from six to twelve years to mature and can grow up to 2.5 meters (8 feet) tall. Once the plants are mature, they are harvested and the piñas (the hearts of the plants) are extracted.

The piñas are then chopped into small pieces and placed in large ovens where they are cooked for several hours. This process breaks down the complex carbohydrates in the piñas into simple sugars, which are then used to produce tequila.

After the piñas have been cooked, they are mashed and placed in large fermentation tanks where yeast is added. The yeast causes the sugars in the mash to ferment and produces alcohol. The fermented mash is then distilled to create 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.

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 can be either blanco (white), which is also called plata (silver) or joven (young), or it can be aged in oak barrels, which gives it a golden or amber colour. Tequila that has been aged for more than two years is called añejo (aged). Tequila that has been aged for more than three years is called extra añejo (extra aged).

Tequila can be enjoyed neat or in cocktails such as the Margarita, Paloma, and Tequila Sunrise. Tequila is also used in cooking, for example in the popular Mexican dish Cochinita pibil.

Clase Azul Reposado

70cl, 40%
Clase Azul

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

Clase Azul Reposado
8
$209.23
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Casamigos Añejo Tequila

70cl, 40%
Casamigos

From the Casamigos range (which we believe means 'house of friends') comes an Añejo tequila, which has spent 14 months ageing in American white oak casks. This maturation has resulted in a tequila…  More info

Casamigos Añejo Tequila
3
$54.71

Mijenta Tequila Blanco

70cl, 40%
Mijenta

Mijenta Tequila comes to us from the highlands of Jalisco, where it's made with sustainability in mind, crafted by Maestra Tequilera Ana Maria Romero. Produced with 100% blue weber agave, and bottled…  More info

Mijenta Tequila Blanco
2
$54.76
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Clase Azul Plata

70cl, 40%
Clase Azul

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 Plata
1
$118.85

Mijenta Tequila Reposado

70cl, 40%
Mijenta

A glorious 100% agave Reposado Tequila from the folks at Mijenta, who are committed to environmental sustainability. Lightly aged in a combination of American white oak, French oak, and French acacia…  More info

Mijenta Tequila Reposado
$63.73
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Casamigos Reposado Tequila

70cl, 40%
Casamigos

This is a Reposado Tequila from the Casamigos range, created by George Clooney (off of the movies) and Rande Gerber. After spending 7 months in American white oak casks, this tequila has taken on…  More info

Casamigos Reposado Tequila
3
$58.93

Fortaleza Blanco

70cl, 40%
Destileria La Fortaleza

Guillermo Sauza's family have a rich tequila-making history, with Don Cenobio a key figure in establishing tequila as we understand it today. When Guillermo was little, his grandfather sold the…  More info

Fortaleza Blanco
4
$56.21
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Casa Dragones Joven

70cl, 40%
Casa Dragones

An exceptional Tequila from Casa Dragones, dubbed a 'sipping Tequila', and for good reason! Don't be fooled by the colour, distilled exclusively from Blue Weber agave, this Joven expression is made…  More info

Casa Dragones Joven
12
$287.95
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Fortaleza Reposado

70cl, 40%
Destileria La Fortaleza

Fortaleza launched in 2005, but Guillermo Sauza's family have been making tequila for five generations going back to Don Cenobio who is said to have been the first person to export “mezcal de…  More info

Fortaleza Reposado
2
$64.37
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Sauza Hornitos Reposado

70cl, 38%
Sauza

100% agave tequila from one of the most consistent producers in Mexico.  More info

Sauza Hornitos Reposado
3
$27.90

Patrón Silver

70cl, 40%
Patrón

Patrón Silver is the perfect tequila for those who appreciate quality and refinement. Handcrafted in small batches in Mexico, Patrón Silver is triple-distilled and made from the finest 100% Weber…  More info

Patrón Silver
8
$40.82
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Kah Reposado Tequila (40%)

70cl, 40%
Fabrica de Tequilas Finos

Have you ever looked around your place of residence and thought to yourself, "We need more skulls"? Well, here's a tasty way to alleviate that issue - a bottle of Kah Resposado Tequila, shaped like a…  More info

Kah Reposado Tequila (40%)
$42.30
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Tequila Tasting Set

15cl, 40.3%
Drinks by the Dram

Tequila, from Mexico, is a spirit produced from blue agave near the city of Tequila and surrounding areas such as the Jalisco highlands. This tasting set contains five fantastic 3cl samples of this…  More info

Tequila Tasting Set
2
$24.86

Fortaleza Añejo

70cl, 40%
Destileria La Fortaleza

With a rich family history in tequila, Guillermo Sauza launched Fortaleza in 2005, bringing back the traditions of previous generations at the family distillery that had sat unused for too long. This…  More info

Fortaleza Añejo
5
$91.97

Pancho Datos Reposado Tequila

70cl, 40%
Pancho Datos

This 100% agave reposado Tequila from Pancho Datos was rested for six months in white oak barrels previously used to mature bourbon whiskey. The agave itself is allowed to age for at least six years,…  More info

Pancho Datos Reposado Tequila
29
$49.33
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Patrón Reposado

70cl, 40%
Patrón

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

Patrón Reposado
3
$44.80

Tapatio Excelencia Gran Reserva Extra Añejo

100cl, 40%
La Altena

Holy smokes! This Tapatio tequila is incredible! The Tapatio Excelencia Gran Reserva Extra Añejo is matured for around four years. A combination of casks are used, depending on the batch, including…  More info

Tapatio Excelencia Gran Reserva Extra Añejo
11
$178.03

Fortaleza Blanco Still Strength

70cl, 46%
Destileria La Fortaleza

A higher-strength variation of Fortaleza excellent Blanco Tequila. Ought to stand out very well in cocktails and mixed drinks...  More info

Fortaleza Blanco Still Strength
1
$65.77

Casa Dragones Blanco

70cl, 40%
Casa Dragones

It's the Blanco expression from Casa Dragones, distilled exclusively from Blue Weber agave. Totally unaged, it's bottled up at 40% ABV in all its fresh agave glory. This would make an absolutely…  More info

Casa Dragones Blanco
3
$88.65
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VIVIR Tequila Reposado

70cl, 40%
VIVIR

VIVIR Tequila Reposado is made with 100% blue weber agave, and allowed to mature in in bourbon oak casks for at least 6 months before making its way into the handsome bottles. Suitable for enjoying…  More info

VIVIR Tequila Reposado
20
$37.86

Tiempo Tequila Reposado Cristalino

70cl, 40%
Tiempo Tequila

This tremendous reposado Tequila from Tiempo is made from 100% blue weber agave grown in Los Altos and the Tequila Valley in Mexico. Produced with natural yeast and volcanic spring water, the Tequila…  More info

Tiempo Tequila Reposado Cristalino
2
$46.79

Pancho Datos Plata Tequila

70cl, 40%
Pancho Datos

This 100% agave tequila was born out of a desire to revive the work of the great historian and poet of the Mexican Revolution, Ricardo Grijalva de León and a character he created in 1947, Pancho…  More info

Pancho Datos Plata Tequila
23
$42.85
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Patrón Añejo

70cl, 40%
Patrón

An aged tequila from perhaps the best-known quality producer in Mexico. The bottle itself is a hand-made piece of art, but the contents are truly sublime.  More info

Patrón Añejo
6
$53.77

El Espolòn Reposado Tequila

70cl, 40%
Destiladora San Nicolas

This is the El Espolòn Reposado Tequila, produced by Destilladora San Nicolas in Los Altos. After distillation, which includes playing rock music in the factories to "inspire" the agave, the Reposado…  More info

El Espolòn Reposado Tequila
2
$29.79
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Kah Anejo Tequila

70cl, 40%
Fabrica de Tequilas Finos

Kah Anejo Tequila is matured for 2 years in American white oak casks, before being placed into these Dia de los Muertos-inspired bottles, shaped like skulls. This one even has more skulls painted…  More info

Kah Anejo Tequila
1
$55.26

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