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Tequila

Popular Tequila Types: Blanco Tequila | Joven Tequila | Reposado Tequila | Anejo Tequila | Extra Anejo 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.

Maestro Dobel Humito

75cl, 40%
Maestro Dobel

A smoked silver tequila here from Maestro Dobel. While smoky agave notes are more commonly associated with tequila's more rustic brother Mezcal, the distillers from Maestro Dobel looked to replicate…  More info

Maestro Dobel Humito
$45.69

Casa Noble Anejo

70cl, 40%
Casa Noble

A handsome Anejo tequila from Casa Noble, aged in French white oak barrels for 2 years to develop the fruity agave, rich caramels and simmering spice notes.  More info

Casa Noble Anejo
$53.27

Hijos de Villa Tequila Reposado Pistol

20cl, 38%
Licores Veracruz

Dun da-da-da-da dun dun dun dun, dun da-da-da-da dun dun dun… It's James Bond, and he's roaring drunk! Wait a second, that's not a real gun!This set contains a pistol-shaped 20cl bottle of beautiful…  More info

Hijos de Villa Tequila Reposado Pistol
$27.34

Kah Reposado Tequila

70cl, 55%
Fabrica de Tequilas Finos

After spending 10 months in French Limousin casks, this Kah Reposado Tequila was ready to be bottled in beautiful skull-shaped bottles. The Reposado bottle is adorned with El Diablo himself, inspired…  More info

Kah Reposado Tequila
$62.31

El Jimador Blanco

70cl, 38%
El Jimador

A silver tequila from El Jimador, this is bottled immediately after distillation, the result is crisp, fruity and great in cocktails.  More info

El Jimador Blanco
$21.07

Arette Blanco

70cl, 38%
Arette

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

Arette Blanco
$28.72

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
$31.13

Cazcabel Blanco

70cl, 38%
Cazcabel

Cazcabel Blanco is a classically-styled tequila from Jalisco, Mexico, evidently named after a legendary medicine man known as Don Cazcabel. Rich in earthy roasted agave with citrus notes shining…  More info

Cazcabel Blanco
$24.89

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
$43.73

Sierra Antiguo Añejo Tequila

70cl, 40%
Destilerias Sierra

Añejo tequila from the Sierra Antiguo range, which is made using 100% blue agave and matured for 26 months in oak casks, which has imparted colour, character and complexity to the vibrant spirits. A…  More info

Sierra Antiguo Añejo Tequila
$33.20

Maestro Dobel Añejo

75cl, 40%
Maestro Dobel

A 100% agave Añejo tequila produced for the Maestro Dobel range by a family that has a very long history in tequila-making - they are 11th generation tequila producers! This is aged in toasted white…  More info

Maestro Dobel Añejo
$46.97

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
$28.20

Herencia Mexicana Tequila Extra Añejo

75cl, 40%
Destileria La Fortuna

Extra Añejo tequila from Herencia Mexicana, made with 100% blue agave which has been double distilled at the Positios Ranch in Arandas County, Jalisco, Mexico. This deluxe tequila is aged in oak for…  More info

Herencia Mexicana Tequila Extra Añejo
$152.78

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
$33.45

Villa Lobos Extra Añejo

70cl, 40%
Villa Lobos

At the top of the Villa Lobos range sits their Extra Añejo tequila, which spends at least 4 years ageing in oak barrels after spending at least 6 months resting in open steel tanks. This process…  More info

Villa Lobos Extra Añejo
$39.03

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
5
$51.62

AquaRiva Blanco

70cl, 38%
AquaRiva

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

AquaRiva Blanco
$22.61

Patrón Roca Reposado

70cl, 42%
Patrón

Reposado tequila from Patrón, made using the 'Tahona' process which involves crushing the agave plant using a two-tonne volcanic rock wheel!  More info

Patrón Roca Reposado
$54.93

Tapatio 110 Blanco Tequila

50cl, 55%
La Altena

Tapatio Blanco Tequila - a back-bar stable, but not as you know it. This special edition of the classic tequila has been bottled at a higher strength of 110 proof (55% ABV), which has given it a…  More info

Tapatio 110 Blanco Tequila
5
$33.60

Tapatio Reposado Tequila

50cl, 38%
La Altena

Kept in casks that previously held bourbon for four months, Tapatio Reposado Tequila works fantastically in cocktails and by itself.  More info

Tapatio Reposado Tequila
$26.02

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
$72.70

Arette Reposado

70cl, 38%
Arette

This corking reposado is aged for between 4 and 6 months in white oak. It is made 100% blue agave from Jalisco, and it is blended with water from Tequila mountain. This is a superb premium tequila…  More info

Arette Reposado
$30.48

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
2
$137.19

Lunazul Añejo

70cl, 40%
Lunazul

A 100% agave tequila that's aged in ex-Bourbon barrels for 12 to 18 months.  More info

Lunazul Añejo
$32.22

Dulce Vida Tequila Añejo

70cl, 50%
Dulce Vida Spirits

A 100 proof Anejo agave from the Dulce Vida Tequila range, made with organic agave. They age it in Bourbon barrels for 24 months before bottling at 50% ABV, which isn't seen very often in tequilas -…  More info

Dulce Vida Tequila Añejo
$66.94

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