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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.

Sauza Tres Generaciones Añejo Tequila

70cl, 38%
Sauza

From the famous tequila producers, Sauza, Tres Generaciones Añejo is aged in American oak for 12 months before bottling.  More info

Sauza Tres Generaciones Añejo Tequila
2
$68.50

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
$62.79

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
$124.95

Arette Añejo

70cl, 38%
Arette

Simply a marvellous tequila, full to the brim with fruity agave and vanilla spiced. Arette Añejo, spends 14 to 18 months resting in American white oak barrels before it's bottled.  More info

Arette Añejo
$41.28

Herencia Mexicana Reposado Tequila

70cl, 40%
Destileria La Fortuna

100% blue agave, double distilled and matured in ex-bourbon barrels for 9 months. Herencia Mexicana Reposado Tequila is made by Destilería La Fortuna in Arandas County, Jalisco, Mexico.  More info

Herencia Mexicana Reposado Tequila
$51.98

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
$55.95

Cabo Wabo Blanco

75cl, 40%
Impulsora Rombo

This is the Cabo Wabo Blanco Tequila, a phrase which rolls off the tongue rather enjoyably. The Cabo Wabo range was originally created for the Cabo Wabo restaurants, founded by Sammy Hagar (yes, the…  More info

Cabo Wabo Blanco
1
$48.94

Herencia Mexicana Blanco Tequila

70cl, 40%
Destileria La Fortuna

Herencia Mexicana Tequila comes from the Positos Ranch in Jalisco, Mexico. It is made with 100% blue agave which have been harvested only when they have reached their peak of ripeness. Their Blanco…  More info

Herencia Mexicana Blanco Tequila
1
$55.13

Sauza Tequila Silver

70cl, 38%
Sauza

Unaged tequila, made from blue agave by Sauza, which was founded by Don Cenobio Sauza, one of the earliest distillers of tequila. He created the Sauza distillery all the way back in 1873. A clean,…  More info

Sauza Tequila Silver
$23.27

Herencia Mexicana Añejo

70cl, 40%
Destileria La Fortuna

A richly well flavoured Añejo tequila from Destilería La Fortuna, made from 100% blue agave which is double distilled and matured for 3 years in ex-bourbon barrels.  More info

Herencia Mexicana Añejo
$59.33

Siete Leguas Añejo Tequila

70cl, 38%
Siete Leguas

A full bodied añejo tequila from Casa Siete (Spanish for House 7), this offers lovely agave notes and wonderful oaky flavours from 18 months of oak ageing.  More info

Siete Leguas Añejo Tequila
$63.56

Lunazul Reposado

75cl, 40%
Lunazul

A Reposado tequila made with 100% agave, this is made at the Tierra de Agaves Distillery.  More info

Lunazul Reposado
$34.83

Montezuma White Tequila

70cl, 38%
Montezuma

Produced by the Montezuma company, this is a Blanco Tequila with a crisp tangy palate. It's great value for money and will work very nicely in cocktails.  More info

Montezuma White Tequila
1
$19.54

Casa Noble Blanco

70cl, 40%
Casa Noble

This is Casa Noble's Blanco tequila, bottled at 40% ABV. Well received by tequila fans, Casa Noble Blanco shows off plenty of earthy, roasted agave notes on the nose and palate.  More info

Casa Noble Blanco
$48.94

Jose Cuervo Especial Gold

70cl, 38%
Jose Cuervo

Produced by the famous Jose Cuervo company, Especial Gold is a blend of reposado and unaged blanco Tequilas. It's a perfect choice for making Margarita cocktails, and has a mild agave flavour.  More info

Jose Cuervo Especial Gold
4
$23.55

Tequila Cabeza

70cl, 43%
El Ranchito

Tequila Cabeza is distilled at the El Ranchito distillery by the Vivanco family, who have been growing agave for five generations and making tequila at their distillery for three generations. For…  More info

Tequila Cabeza
$44.04

Sauza Hornitos Añejo

70cl, 38%
Sauza

100% Blue Agave tequila aged for between 12 and 36 months in ex-Bourbon casks. Superb in a Margherita, but more than at home as a sipping tequila.  More info

Sauza Hornitos Añejo
1
$42.91

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
$26.65

Ocho Blanco Tequila 2014 (La Magueyera)

50cl, 40%
Ocho

Blanco tequila from the wonderful Ocho range, which gives light to the terroir of their agave, by sourcing it from a number of different 'ranchos'. This one comes from La Magueyera and was released…  More info

Ocho Blanco Tequila 2014 (La Magueyera)
$24.20

Tequila Chamucos Añejo

70cl, 40%
Tequila Chamucos

An aged Tequila from Chamucos, with arguably the best packaging we've ever seen for a Tequila! This stuff was rested in white oak for 18 months, and it has a sweet, smooth flavour with notes of…  More info

Tequila Chamucos Añejo
1
$71.49

Sierra Tequila Silver

70cl, 38%
Destilerias Sierra

A well-loved tequila brand, Sierra Tequila is just the ticket for Margaritas and other classic tequila serves. It even comes with its own tiny sombrero.  More info

Sierra Tequila Silver
$23.21

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
$29.93

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
3
$36.43

Sauza Añejo Conmemorativo

70cl, 40%
Sauza

Super-premium tequila without the super-premium price tag.  More info

Sauza Añejo Conmemorativo
$26.65

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
1
$53.13

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