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Tequila

What is tequila? Tequila 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 cooked 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 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.

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
$50.27

Cazcabel Reposado

70cl, 38%
Cazcabel

Reposado tequila from the Cazcabel range, matured in American oak barrels for at least 9 months before bottling. Suitable for enjoying in cocktails and well as simply sipping neat (if this tickles…  More info

Cazcabel Reposado
7
$24.91
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El Sueño Tequila Silver

70cl, 38%
El Sueño

A delicious Tequila from El Sueño. El Sueño is the result of five generations worth of agave growing and Tequila producing expertise with a simple ethos at its heart. Tequila that is affordable,…  More info

El Sueño Tequila Silver
15
$21.15

San Matias Tequila Gran Reserva Extra Añejo

70cl, 38%
San Matias

An extra Añejo tequila from the San Matias, aged for at least 36 months in American and French oak casks. Very much suited to enjoying neat and savouring the flavours which arise from this rather…  More info

San Matias Tequila Gran Reserva Extra Añejo
2
$49.78
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Gran Orendain Blanco

70cl, 38%
Gran Orendain

This is a Blanco tequila from the Gran Orendain range, produced by the Orendain family with some rather particular agave - specifically agave grown on the hill of Tepecoste, harvested at the peak of…  More info

Gran Orendain Blanco
$36.87
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El Sueño Tequila Gold

70cl, 38%
El Sueño

El Sueño Tequila Gold is the result of five generations' Tequila producing know-how. Such traditional knowledge of Tequila production has been coupled with a more modern focus on sustainability,…  More info

El Sueño Tequila Gold
7
$21.15

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
$51.77

Código 1530 Blanco

70cl, 38%
Código 1530

The blanco expression from the Código 1530 Tequila range, made with agave which has grown for over seven years before being distilled. Top quality stuff, this.  More info

Código 1530 Blanco
2
$39.98

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
4
$104.59

Reserva del Señor Añejo

70cl, 38%
Reserva del Señor

Añejo Tequila from the Reserva del Señor, which dates back to the 1940s. This well-matured expression spends 18 months maturing in oak before being bottled. Impressive stuff, well worth checking out.  More info

Reserva del Señor Añejo
1
$39.80

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
$39.81

Don Fulano Blanco

70cl, 40%
Don Fulano

Dynamic unaged tequila from Don Fulano, made with 100% agave grown in Jalisco. Herbal, refreshing and fruity with warming buttery notes throughout.  More info

Don Fulano Blanco
2
$43.85

El Tequileño Platinum

70cl, 40%
El Tequileño

A blanco Tequila made from 100% estate grown agave in the highlands of Jalisco. Distilled in copper pot stills and cut with volcanic spring water, the spirit is left to mellow in American oak for…  More info

El Tequileño Platinum
1
$36.32

Maestro Dobel Diamante Tequila

70cl, 40%
Maestro Dobel

A handsome premium white tequila from Maestro Dobel. This is blended from reposado, anejo and extra anejo 100% blue agave tequilas, and it is then filtered to remove the colour, whilst retaining a…  More info

Maestro Dobel Diamante Tequila
2
$54.71

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
$33.38

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
$29.33
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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
3
$48.03

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
4
$19.18

Terralta Extra Añejo

75cl, 40%
Terralta

An extra añejo expression produced by Felipe Camarena for his Terralta Tequila range. To age the extra añejo, Camarena uses casks that have ages añejo three times, which allows the mature agave notes…  More info

Terralta Extra Añejo
$64.73

Olmeca Altos Reposado

70cl, 38%
Olmeca Tequila

An award winning Reposado, including a gold medal at the International Wine & Spirit Competition. Plus, let's face it, the bottle is pretty spiffy!  More info

Olmeca Altos Reposado
1
$33.78

Corazón Añejo

70cl, 40%
Corazón

An Añejo tequila from Corazón that earned Silver medal at the 2014 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. It was aged in Canadian oak for 16 to 24 months and comes presented in a hand-blown glass…  More info

Corazón Añejo
$39.87

ArteNOM Selección de 1579 Tequila Blanco

70cl, 40%
ArteNOM

Top quality Tequila, independently bottled by ArteNOM, which is on a mission to seek out select expressions with distinctive heritage and character. This classic blanco was crafted by master…  More info

ArteNOM Selección de 1579 Tequila Blanco
1
$59.73

Tapatio Añejo Tequila

50cl, 38%
La Altena

A quality 100% blue agave Mexican tequila that's double distilled to the desired strength and then bottled without the need for any water to be added!  More info

Tapatio Añejo Tequila
1
$32.78
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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
$56.88
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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
$62.64
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