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Tequila

What is tequila? Well, it is a distilled alcoholic beverage made from the blue agave plant, primarily in the area surrounding the city of Tequila, 65 km (40 miles) northwest of Guadalajara, and in the highlands (Los Altos) of the western Mexican state of Jalisco. Tequila is most often made at a 38% alcohol content (76 US proof) but can be produced between 35-55% ABV.

The first distillation of what we now know as tequila took place in 1530, just 30 years after the Spanish conquest of Mexico. It was created by a man named Martin de la Cruz, who was inspired by a similar drink being made in Spain. Tequila quickly became popular throughout Mexico, and by the early 1800s, it was being exported to other countries.

Tequila is made from the agave plant, which is native to Mexico. There are more than 200 varieties of agave, but only one, the blue agave, is used to make tequila. The blue agave plant takes anywhere from six to twelve years to mature and can grow up to 2.5 meters (8 feet) tall. Once the plants are mature, they are harvested and the piñas (the hearts of the plants) are extracted.

The piñas are then chopped into small pieces and placed in large ovens where they are slow roasted for several hours. This process breaks down the complex carbohydrates in the piñas into simple sugars, which are then used to produce tequila.

After the piñas have been cooked, they are mashed and placed in large fermentation tanks where yeast is added. The yeast causes the sugars in the mash to ferment and produces alcohol. The fermented mash is then distilled to create the great 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.

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 can be either blanco (white), which is also called plata (silver) or joven (young), or it can be aged in oak barrels, which gives it a golden or amber colour. Tequila that has been aged for more than two years is called añejo (aged). Tequila that has been aged for more than three years is called extra añejo (extra aged).

Tequila can be enjoyed neat or in cocktails such as the Margarita, Paloma, and Tequila Sunrise. Tequila is also used in cooking, for example in the popular Mexican dish Cochinita pibil.

El Tequileño Reposado

50cl, 38%
El Tequileño

This Reposado Tequila from El Tequileño has been rested in American oak casks for three months before bottling! The maturation imparts some subtle sweetness to the fresh spirit, perfect for all…  More info

El Tequileño Reposado
$22.51

Calle 23 Blanco

70cl, 40%
Calle 23

The Blance expression from Calle 23's range of 100% agave tequilas, made with blue agave sourced from Los Altos de Jalisco. A top quality tequila for cocktails.  More info

Calle 23 Blanco
4
$38.92

1800 Silver Tequila

70cl, 38%
1800

A fabulous silver Tequila here from the 1800 range, made with 100% blue weber agave, which are harvested after ageing between eight and 12 years. The spirit is double distilled, and blended with a…  More info

1800 Silver Tequila
2
$34.82

Corralejo Blanco

70cl, 38%
Tequila Corralejo

Unaged tequila from Corralejo in Mexico. Bottled after it has come from their copper pot still, this Blanco is referred to as "The Truth" by Don Leonardo, founder of Corralejo as it truly captures…  More info

Corralejo Blanco
2
$30.15
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Hacien Añejo Cristalino Tequila

70cl, 38%
Hacien

A rather excellent Tequila from the Hacien range, the Añejo Cristalino is made with 100% blue agave and allowed to mature in oak before being charcoal filtered. This removes the colour from the…  More info

Hacien Añejo Cristalino Tequila
6
$107.51

Jose Cuervo Reserva de la Familia 2020

70cl, 38%
Jose Cuervo

An extraordinary extra añejo Tequila from the folks who have been making the spirit since 1795, this is the 2020 edition of the Reserva de la Familia.  More info

Jose Cuervo Reserva de la Familia 2020
$127.02

Cenote Añejo Tequila

70cl, 40%
Cenote

Named after naturally-occurring swimming holes created by holes formed in limestone bedrock, Cenote Añejo Tequila spends a year maturing in American oak barrels before being bottled. It's created by…  More info

Cenote Añejo Tequila
1
$64.70

Casa Noble Reposado

70cl, 40%
Casa Noble

A reposado tequila from the Casa Noble range, aged for exactly 364 days - one more day and this would have been legally considered an anejo tequila. It matures in French white oak barrels, imparting…  More info

Casa Noble Reposado
1
$67.55

Agave Thieves Tequila Añejo

50cl, 40%
Agave Thieves

Añejo Tequila from the Agave Thieves range, which interestingly is made with some Mexican botanicals to help bolster the flavour profile of the spirit. It was created with bartenders in mind, so it…  More info

Agave Thieves Tequila Añejo
5
$46.05

Arette Suave Blanco

70cl, 38%
Arette

Blanco tequila from Arette's premium Suave range, which is allowed to rest for six months in stainless steel tanks before bottling, which helps to mellow the spirit's flavour profile. The name,…  More info

Arette Suave Blanco
1
$53.21

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
1
$40.91

Código 1530 Añejo

70cl, 38%
Código 1530

This is the Añejo expression from the Código 1530 range. Every Tequila from this selection is made with agave aged for seven years before distillation, and this particular expression spends 18 months…  More info

Código 1530 Añejo
1
$101.35

San Matias Tahona Blanco

70cl, 38%
San Matias

In celebration of San Matias' 130th anniversary, the Tequila produced looked to the past to see what they should do next - the result was San Matias Tahona, a Tequila made exclusively using agave…  More info

San Matias Tahona Blanco
$61.41

Próspero Reposado

70cl, 40%
Próspero

From the Próspero range of Tequilas from Rita Ora (yes, that Rita Ora) comes this Reposado expression! It's made with agave harvested from the Lowlands of Jalisco, and this particular variant has…  More info

Próspero Reposado
$46.55

Maestro Dobel Humito

70cl, 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
1
$49.64

Tiempo Tequila Reposado Cristalino

70cl, 40%
Tiempo Tequila

This tremendous reposado Tequila from Tiempo is made from 100% blue weber agave grown in Los Altos and the Tequila Valley in Mexico. Produced with natural yeast and volcanic spring water, the Tequila…  More info

Tiempo Tequila Reposado Cristalino
2
$55.78

La Dama Tequila

70cl, 40%
La Dama

This glitzy bottle is from La Dama, and holds within it an organic unaged Tequila! Distilled from blue Weber agave, the distillery also makes a huge effort to protect its surroundings and ecosystems.…  More info

La Dama Tequila
5
$59.41

Pueblo Viejo Blanco

70cl, 38%
San Matias

This blanco Tequila from Pueblo Viejo is made with 100% agave at San Matias, one of the oldest distilleries in Jalisco, Mexico, over 130 years old. Bottled straight from the still, the unaged Tequila…  More info

Pueblo Viejo Blanco
2
$27.61

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
5
$19.72

Centinela Anejo

70cl, 40%
Tequila Centinela SA

The Centinela Anejo tequila is made with 100% agave and is aged for around 30 months in barrels previously used for maturing bourbon, before it is bottled. Well suited to sipping neat and being…  More info

Centinela Anejo
1
$65.05

Jose Cuervo Tradicional Reposado

50cl, 38%
Jose Cuervo

100% agave tequila from Jose Cuervo tequila, aged shortly in white oak barrels. The peppery notes from the Silver Tradicional are dialled back in the Reposado, in their place, you'll find sweeter…  More info

Jose Cuervo Tradicional Reposado
2
$25.20

Próspero Añejo

70cl, 40%
Próspero

It's the Añejo Tequila from the Próspero range, which was launched by singer Rita Ora, who teamed up with master distiller Stella Anguiano to create a selection of superb spirits. This particular…  More info

Próspero Añejo
$37.38

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
4
$54.74

Pueblo Viejo Reposado

70cl, 38%
San Matias

A delicious 100% agave Reposado Tequila from the Pueblo Viejo range. Enjoyably spicy, which should work excellent with sweet, zesty lime juice...  More info

Pueblo Viejo Reposado
$32.74

Etéreo Extra Añejo

70cl, 40%
Etereo

An extra añejo Tequila from the Etéreo range, which has been created using agave grown for eight years, and the spirit itself has been matured for 60 months in white oak barrels. It comes presented…  More info

Etéreo Extra Añejo
$225.36

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