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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.

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
$34.67
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Jose Cuervo Tradicional (50cl)

50cl, 38%
Jose Cuervo

A less well known tequila from Cuervo, Tradicional is a reposado, matured in white oak barrels.  More info

Jose Cuervo Tradicional (50cl)
3
$21.44

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
$65.11
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Reserva del Señor Reposado

70cl, 38%
Reserva del Señor

The Reserva del Señor range dates back to the 1940s - and in that time, the producer has certainly created more than its fair share of ace Tequila. This particular expression is the Reserva del Señor…  More info

Reserva del Señor Reposado
$34.67

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
$55.29

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
$34.93
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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
$38.34
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El Torito Tequila Gold

70cl, 35%
Polini Group S.r.I

A simple gold tequila from the El Torito range, good for cocktails and mixed drinks. El Torito means "The Bull", and as such it's got a rather energetic-looking bull on the label.  More info

El Torito Tequila Gold
$18.39

Arette Fuerte

70cl, 50.5%
Arette

This is a blanco tequila from the excellent Arette, bottled at 50.5% ABV. You'll usually find tequila bottled at around 40%, with higher-strength expression like this being few and far between -…  More info

Arette Fuerte
$50.96
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Dulce Vida Tequila Blanco

70cl, 50%
Dulce Vida Spirits

The entry-level, unaged edition of Dulce Vida's organic tequila. Interestingly, the Dulce Vida range is bottled at 50% ABV, which means the fruity, exciting flavours of the agave will stand out more…  More info

Dulce Vida Tequila Blanco
$54.20

Maracame Añejo Tequila

70cl, 38%
Maracame

Spending 18 months ageing in oak casks, this Añejo Tequila from Maracame has taken on a wealth of rich, evocative notes of baked agave, caramel, coconut and cinnamon. A top-quality Añejo from a very…  More info

Maracame Añejo Tequila
$72.71
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Ollitas Blanco

70cl, 38%
Ollitas

A great value-for-money tequila from the Ollitas range, made with 100% agave. Will work very well in cocktails and mixed drinks, but it is quite enjoyably simply sipped neat too!  More info

Ollitas Blanco
$29.98

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
2
$37.92
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Casco Viejo Reposado Tequila

70cl, 38%
Casco Viejo

The Casco Viejo Reposado Tequila is made in Jalisco by a family owned company, started by Don Jose Agustin Camarena in 1938. The company has been passed down through the family, ensuring respect for…  More info

Casco Viejo Reposado Tequila
1
$26.94
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Corazón Expresiones Reposado - Buffalo Trace Barrel (cask 12449)

75cl, 40%
Corazón

One of a range of Corazon tequilas aged in casks from Sazerac's famous whiskey brands, in this case Buffalo Trace! This Reposado spent over 10 months in barrels that previously held this famous…  More info

Corazón Expresiones Reposado - Buffalo Trace Barrel (cask 12449)
$95.42
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901 Silver Tequila

70cl, 40%
Sauza

Sauza are bringing sexy back with a tequila that features Justin Trousersnake Timberlake in its marketing! It's triple-distilled and made with 100% blue agave. More importantly, however, "901 is…  More info

901 Silver Tequila
$30.56
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Milagro Select Barrel Reserve Silver

70cl, 40%
Milagro Tequila

Milagro's Select Barrel Reserve Silver is allowed to rest for 30 days in a combination of French and American oak casks before being bottled, which imparts a subtle creaminess to the top-quality…  More info

Milagro Select Barrel Reserve Silver
$84.10

El Torito Silver

70cl, 35%
Polini Group S.r.I

An unaged El Torito Tequila, which was made in Mexico. Perfect for a Paloma, just make sure you've got enough fresh grapefruit juice!  More info

El Torito Silver
$18.39

1800 Silver Tequila

70cl, 38%
1800

This is a premium 100% blue agave silver Tequila from 1800.  More info

1800 Silver Tequila
2
$33.78
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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
$282.10
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La Serpiente Emplumada Reposado

70cl, 40%
La Serpiente Emplumada

Reposado tequila from La Serpiente Emplumada, produced using 100% blue agave. 'La Serpiente Emplumada' means 'The Feathered Snake' in Spanish...  More info

La Serpiente Emplumada Reposado
$36.24

Maverick Reposado Tequila

70cl, 38%
La Cofradia

Oh look, it's a Reposado offering of tequila for the Maverick range, one of Jake's favourites (apparently he once enjoyed some Maverick Tequila in a pub in Darlington, which he enjoys telling us…  More info

Maverick Reposado Tequila
$20.86

La Chica Tequila Gold

70cl, 38%
La Chica

A lovely Gold tequila from La Chica, made for cocktails, and itching to be shaken up into a tasty Margarita!  More info

La Chica Tequila Gold
$33.22
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Reserva del Señor Blanco

70cl, 38%
Reserva del Señor

It's a blanco Tequila from Reserva del Señor, a range of agave-based deliciousness that dates all the way back to the 1940s. Interestingly, despite being a blanco expression, it was allowed to rest…  More info

Reserva del Señor Blanco
$28.74

Rooster Rojo Reposado Tequila

70cl, 38%
Rooster Rojo

Produced and distilled in the heart of Tequila, Mexico, by Fabrica de Tequilas, this reposado was made with blue agave that was cooked in autoclaves using steam for 10 hours. A special yeast is then…  More info

Rooster Rojo Reposado Tequila
$29.25

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