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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.

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
$36.60

Casco Viejo Reposado Tequila

70cl, 38%
Casco Viejo

The Casco Viejo Reposado Tequila is made in Jalisco by a family owned company, started by Don Jose Agustin Camarena in 1938. The company has been passed down through the family, ensuring respect for…  More info

Casco Viejo Reposado Tequila
$24.91

Herradura Reposado

70cl, 40%
Herradura

Herradura Reposado is a delicious Tequila which was launched in 1974 - it was also the world's first commercial Reposado! It is aged for 11 months in oak and it took home a Double Gold from the San…  More info

Herradura Reposado
4
$46.23

1800 Añejo Tequila

70cl, 38%
1800

An ultra premium tequila, 1800 Anejo is aged in small French oak barrels for over 12 months, with a small proportion of it aged in American oak for 3 years.  More info

1800 Añejo Tequila
3
$47.60

Cabrito Tequila Blanco

70cl, 38%
Tequila Cabrito

A great mixing tequila, made from 100% agave. Cabrito Blanco is slightly sweet with hints of green tea and caramel. This is produced in Arandas in the Jalisco region.  More info

Cabrito Tequila Blanco
$32.82

Corralejo Reposado Tequila

70cl, 38%
Tequila Corralejo

Fruity and peppery, this is an award-winning reposado from Corralejo, aged for four months in Encino, French and American oak casks. Named Best Reposado Tequila at the World Tequila Awards 2015.  More info

Corralejo Reposado Tequila
2
$47.60

Ocho Curado Tequila

50cl, 40%
Ocho

An astonishing new Tequila from Ocho, this was created by the legendary Tomas Estes, and is the first of its kind. This incredible spirit is distilled as usual, before being infused with natural…  More info

Ocho Curado Tequila
3
$26.22

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
1
$72.70

Casamigos Blanco Tequila

70cl, 40%
Casamigos

Casamigos Blanco is a light, refreshing tequila, made with 100% agave, which ripples with notes of freshly chopped herbs (think mint leaves), vanilla and subtle agave. The Casamigos brand is the…  More info

Casamigos Blanco Tequila
$59.14

Herradura Añejo

70cl, 40%
Herradura

A very good quality Añejo from Herradura. This was introduced in 1962, and was the first commercially available tequila of its type. It also won Golds at both the coveted International Wine and…  More info

Herradura Añejo
3
$54.93

The Tequila Advent Calendar (2015 Edition)

72cl, 39.20%
Drinks by the Dram

An advent calendar full of tequila!?! Oh yes my friends. Don't be downing these though - especially not after inexplicably licking some salt or before biting into half a lime, that would be utter,…  More info

The Tequila Advent Calendar (2015 Edition)
1
$183.23

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
$81.17

Kah Blanco Tequila

70cl, 40%
Fabrica de Tequilas Finos

Presented in a charming bottle inspired by the traditional Calaveras used in Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebrations in Mexico, Kah Blanco Tequila would make a haunting handsome addition to…  More info

Kah Blanco Tequila
$58.59

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
$85.47

Corralejo Reposado Tequila 1l

100cl, 38%
Tequila Corralejo

A litre bottling of Corralejo Reposado, 'rested' for four months in Encino, French and American oak casks for a tasty tequila - named Best Reposado Tequila at the World Tequila Awards 2015.  More info

Corralejo Reposado Tequila 1l
2
$43.33

Centinela Blanco

70cl, 38%
Tequila Centinela SA

A vibrant, flavoursome unaged tequila from Centinela, suitable for cocktails or enjoying neat and over ice. Made with 100% agave in Jalisco, Mexico, by a family with over 100 years of history in…  More info

Centinela Blanco
$58.80

1800 Tequila Reposado

70cl, 38%
1800

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

1800 Tequila Reposado
$37.67

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
1
$65.72

Mejor Pink Tequila

75cl, 40%
Mejor Tequila Company

From the Mejor range comes Mejor Pink Tequila. They use their Blanco tequila and natural colouring to create this vibrant tipple. This ought to make some very brightly-coloured cocktails...  More info

Mejor Pink Tequila
$53.33

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
$124.64

Jose Cuervo Reserva de la Familia 2014

70cl, 38%
Jose Cuervo

Aged in American then French oak barrels for at least 3 years, Jose Cuervo Reserva de la Familia is a fine añejo tequila. Each year a different Mexican artist designs the presentation box and for…  More info

Jose Cuervo Reserva de la Familia 2014
$114.80

Calle 23 Reposado

70cl, 40%
Calle 23

The Reposado expression from the Calle 23 range. A 100% agave tequila which spends up to 8 months maturing in ex-bourbon casks to take on a touch of those warming, vanilla-y, subtly oak-y notes that…  More info

Calle 23 Reposado
2
$35.24

Patrón Silver Limited Edition

70cl, 40%
Patrón

A limited edition presentation of the much-loved Patrón Silver, a fantastic tequila for sipping neat or enjoying in a cocktail. Comes with a rather jazzy box, this one.  More info

Patrón Silver Limited Edition
$52.48

Don Julio Añejo Tequila

70cl, 38%
Don Julio

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

Don Julio Añejo Tequila
6
$60.90

1800 Silver Tequila

70cl, 38%
1800

This is a premium 100% blue agave silver Tequila from 1800.  More info

1800 Silver Tequila
$35.75

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