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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.

Don Julio 1942 Tequila

70cl, 38%
Don Julio

The Top Cuvée from Veteran Producer Don Julio.  More info

Don Julio 1942 Tequila
6
$153.39

Don Julio 1942 Illuminated

70cl, 38%
Don Julio

A rather snazzily presented bottling of Don Julio 1942 tequila - the label features a design inspired by the agave plant, and it lights up!  More info

Don Julio 1942 Illuminated
$160.61

Jose Cuervo Reserva de la Familia 2017

70cl, 38%
Jose Cuervo

The 2017 edition of Jose Cuervo's Reserva de la Familia extra añejo tequila once again showcases art in its presentation box. This year, they've featured the work of Abraham Cruzvillegas, which feeds…  More info

Jose Cuervo Reserva de la Familia 2017
$101.68

La Chica Tequila Blanco

70cl, 38%
La Chica

La Chica Blanco is a tasty silver tequila which works well in cocktails.  More info

La Chica Tequila Blanco
$19.35

El Espolòn Blanco Tequila

70cl, 40%
Destiladora San Nicolas

Blanco tequila from Destilladora San Nicolas in Los Altos, made with 100% blue agave and bottled without ageing. The name "Espolòn" comes from the spur of the rooster's foot, an important bird in…  More info

El Espolòn Blanco Tequila
2
$28.01

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
5
$145.96

Olmeca Blanco

70cl, 38%
Olmeca Tequila

A silver tequila from Olmeca, this is unaged tequila from the Jalisco highlands. Great in a margarita.  More info

Olmeca Blanco
$23.21

Don Julio Blanco Tequila

70cl, 38%
Don Julio

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

Don Julio Blanco Tequila
1
$48.25

El Jimador Añejo

70cl, 38%
El Jimador

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

El Jimador Añejo
$30.00

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
$52.89

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
$64.08

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
$50.81

Patrón Silver

70cl, 40%
Patrón

A top quality silver tequila from Patrón, this is fresh, crisp and very well rounded, with a touch of oak in the palate. Each bottle is signed and numbered, as well as bottled by hand.  More info

Patrón Silver
3
$49.57

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
$62.42

La Cava Don Agustin Añejo Tequila

70cl, 38%
Tequila Supremo

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…  More info

La Cava Don Agustin Añejo Tequila
2
$52.25

Ocho Blanco Tequila 2017 (Los Nopales)

50cl, 40%
Ocho

The 2017 harvest for Ocho tequila make from Rancho Los Nopales, made with agave grown for around 6 or 7 years. For a good long while prior to this crop, the land wasn't used for agave at all!  More info

Ocho Blanco Tequila 2017 (Los Nopales)
$25.25

UWA Reposado Tequila

70cl, 40%
UWA

This is a super premium, triple distilled, 100% blue weber agave reposado tequila, which was diluted to 40% ABV using volcanic spring water. But none of that is what truly makes this beauty stand…  More info

UWA Reposado Tequila
2
$63.19

1800 Milenio Extra Añejo Tequila

70cl, 40%
1800

A particularly decadent Añejo Tequila from the 1800 range, first released in 2000. This expression is given a lengthy initial maturation in American oak barrels before being transferred over to…  More info

1800 Milenio Extra Añejo Tequila
1
$193.50

Tequila Tasting Set

15cl, 39.6%
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
$29.80

Dona Celia Añejo Tequila

70cl, 40%
Casa Maestri

The tequila in the Done Celia range all come presented in very striking bottles which are designed to look like Mexican Catrina - usually seen during the Dia de los Muertos festivals. This is the…  More info

Dona Celia Añejo Tequila
$83.22

Tequila XQ Blanco

70cl, 40%
Casa Tequila XQ

An unaged, 100% blue agave tequila from the Tequila XQ brand, presented in a particularly funky bottle. This Blanco expression is bright with agave, fruit and subtle white pepper notes. Please…  More info

Tequila XQ Blanco
$35.59

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%)
$60.76

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
1
$71.60

Hijos de Villa Tequila Blanco Pistol

20cl, 40%
Licores Veracruz

You're thinking, did I have 5 Tequila Slammers, or 6? You gotta ask yourself one question: "Do I feel lucky?" Well do ya, punk?'This handsome set is the perfect gift for any tequila fan! It contains…  More info

Hijos de Villa Tequila Blanco Pistol
$32.83

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
4
$45.70

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