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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.

Tequila XQ Reposado

70cl, 40%
Casa Tequila XQ

Tequila XQ Reposado comes in a curiously-shaped bottle, the likes of which we're not sure we've seen before. Not only that, Tequila XQ Reposado is triple distilled and matured in not one, not two but…  More info

Tequila XQ Reposado
$37.28

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
$51.75

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
$27.34

Maracame Reposado Tequila

70cl, 38%
Maracame

The Maracame Reposado Tequila is left to rest in American oak casks for 9 months to give it time to take on some well spiced notes of cinnamon and pepper, as well as sweeter notes of honey and…  More info

Maracame Reposado Tequila
$55.50

Ocho Blanco Tequila 2016 (Puerta del Aire)

50cl, 40%
Ocho

Blanco tequila from the Ocho range, made with agave from Rancho Puerta del Aire - the agave plants used for this expression was seven years old before they were harvested.  More info

Ocho Blanco Tequila 2016 (Puerta del Aire)
$21.32

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
$54.68

El Mayor Añejo Tequila

75cl, 40%
El Mayor

The Añejo tequila from El Mayor's range spends at least 18 months ageing in small, charred white oak barrels before being bottled (in their pleasing, distinctly shaped bottles, of course). This is…  More info

El Mayor Añejo Tequila
1
$64.12

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
$29.28

Gran Centenario Reposado

70cl, 38%
Gran Centenario

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

Gran Centenario Reposado
3
$36.83

Sierra Milenario Tequila Extra Añejo

70cl, 41.5%
Destilerias Sierra

An extra añejo tequila from the Sierra Milenario range, made with 100% agave and aged for three years in durmast oak casks. Boundless notes of oak-y spice, rich fruit and roasted agave shine through…  More info

Sierra Milenario Tequila Extra Añejo
$64.70

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
1
$110.08

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
$27.01

Jose Cuervo Especial Silver - The Rolling Stones Tour Pick

50cl, 38%
Jose Cuervo

A limited edition bottling of Jose Cuervo Especial Silver, inspired by The Rolling Stones, who acquired a taste for the tequila (particularly in a Tequila Sunrise) on their 1972 tour.  More info

Jose Cuervo Especial Silver - The Rolling Stones Tour Pick
$20.06

Villa Lobos Reposado

70cl, 40%
Villa Lobos

Villa Lobos Reposado tequila from Carlos Camarena, the mind behind other favourites like Tapatio and Ocho Tequila. The Villa Lobos range spend at least 6 months resting in tanks before being aged in…  More info

Villa Lobos Reposado
2
$34.72

Villa Lobos Blanco

70cl, 40%
Villa Lobos

The entry level tequila from the Villa Lobos range, which was created by Master Distiller Carlos Camarena. This Blanco tequila spends at least 6 months resting in steel tanks before it's bottled - a…  More info

Villa Lobos Blanco
$36.31

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
$64.70

Sauza Hornitos Reposado

70cl, 38%
Sauza

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

Sauza Hornitos Reposado
1
$25.98

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
$40.52

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
$112.21

Olmeca Altos Añejo

70cl, 40%
Olmeca Tequila

Olmeca launched their Altos Añejo Tequila in mid-2016, adding to the range's Plata and Resposado expressions. They age this tequila for 18 months in oak casks before bottling, making it well-suited…  More info

Olmeca Altos Añejo
$32.00

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
$75.49

Patrón Silver Chinese New Year Limited Edition

70cl, 40%
Patrón

Classic Patrón Silver in a special tin to commemorate Chinese New Year and the Year of the Monkey!  More info

Patrón Silver Chinese New Year Limited Edition
$46.35

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
1
$34.14

Gran Patrón Piedra Extra Añejo

70cl, 40%
Patrón

The first extra añejo tequila produced by Patrón - Piedra. It's made from 100% blue weber agave from the highlands of Jalisco. To mature this well-aged expression, they use both American and French…  More info

Gran Patrón Piedra Extra Añejo
$263.38

Ocho Reposado Tequila 2012 (El Refugio)

50cl, 40%
Ocho

Rested in oak casks for a number of months, this is a single estate tequila from El Refugio.  More info

Ocho Reposado Tequila 2012 (El Refugio)
$21.52

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