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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.

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
$21.53

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
$37.40

Centinela Reposado

70cl, 38%
Tequila Centinela SA

Reposado tequila from the Centinela brand, produced in Arandas, Jalisco, with 100% agave and rested in oak barrels for 18 months. The Centinela brand's history stretches back to 1904 - we're sure the…  More info

Centinela Reposado
$57.89

Jose Cuervo Tradicional Reposado

70cl, 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
$32.84

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
$38.69

Arette Gran Clase Extra Añejo (43%)

70cl, 43%
Arette

An Extra Añejo tequila from the Arette selection. You'll want to give this one your full attention, because the long-maturation has imparted a wealth of flavour.  More info

Arette Gran Clase Extra Añejo (43%)
1
$151.11

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
1
$28.70

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
$36.04

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
$41.99

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
$69.58

Tequila Advent Calendar (2017 Edition)

72cl, 40%
Drinks by the Dram

An advent calendar packed to the rafters with Tequila? Look no further than the Drinks by the Dram Tequila Advent Calendar! But these beauties aren’t for knocking back – instead savour the agave…  More info

Tequila Advent Calendar (2017 Edition)
1
$167.91

Ocho Single Estate - La Latilla Añejo - 2015 Harvest

70cl, 40%
Ocho

Single estate Añejo tequila from Rancho La Latilla, made with agave from their 2015 harvest. This was bottled by the fantastic folks from Ocho.  More info

Ocho Single Estate - La Latilla Añejo - 2015 Harvest
$55.93

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
$55.93

Ocho Extra Añejo 2012 (El Refugio)

70cl, 40%
Ocho

An extra añejo tequila from the Ocho range, made with agave from Rancho El Refugio harvested in 2012. The agave produced here is high in sugar content due in part to the high elevation of the Rancho…  More info

Ocho Extra Añejo 2012 (El Refugio)
$94.60

Perfectomundo Reposado

70cl, 40%
Perfectomundo

Perfectomundo's Reposado Tequila spends just shy of a year maturing in new oak casks before being bottled at 40% ABV (in rather sturdy bottles, we will say).  More info

Perfectomundo Reposado
$63.34

Tres Sombreros Reposado

70cl, 38%
Tres Sombreros

A reposado tequila (which means that it’s rested in oak casks for between two and twelve months) from Tres Sombreros. “When the passion for crafts becomes tequila” they say, which we think refers to…  More info

Tres Sombreros Reposado
$33.66

Pasote Blanco

75cl, 40%
Pasote Tequila

Made from pure blue agave, Pasote Blanco tequila is bottled immediately after distillation, and looks as good as it tastes. The steely silver spirit is showcased in a clear bottle and makes for some…  More info

Pasote Blanco
$47.03

Gran Patrón Burdeos Añejo

70cl, 40%
Patrón

'Burdeos' is the Spanish for Bordeaux, as this handcrafted super-premium tequila is aged in Bordeaux casks. Prior to the final distillation however, it has already spent a year in American and Frenck…  More info

Gran Patrón Burdeos Añejo
2
$553.18

Viva Mexico Reposado Tequila

70cl, 38%
Feliciano Vivanco

A good value-for-money reposado Tequila from the Viva Mexico range, produced by Feliciano Vivanco. Rather flavoursome stuff, and should give your cocktails a hearty whack of aged agave awesomeness.  More info

Viva Mexico Reposado Tequila
$24.58

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
$48.43

Mejor Reposado

75cl, 40%
Mejor Tequila Company

A rather stylish Reposado tequila from Mejor, known for using single estate agave to craft their spirits. This expression is allowed to mature for 11 months in American oak.  More info

Mejor Reposado
$50.60

Sierra Tequila Reposado (50cl)

50cl, 38%
Destilerias Sierra

This is a 50cl bottle of Sierra's Reposado - a good value-for-money tequila. It even comes with a tiny plastic sombrero. It's unlikely that it will fit you, but it might fit a budgie or leopard gecko.  More info

Sierra Tequila Reposado (50cl)
$20.10

1800 Silver Tequila - Marina Towers, Chicago (Essential Artists)

75cl, 40%
1800

A bottling of 1800 Silver Tequila from their eighth Essential Artists series, with a label designed by Puerto Rican artist Enoc Perez. Each label has taken inspiration from a memorable piece of…  More info

1800 Silver Tequila - Marina Towers, Chicago (Essential Artists)
$37.69

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
$52.58

Sierra Tequila Reposado

70cl, 38%
Destilerias Sierra

Reposado tequila from the immensely popular Sierra brand, complete with tiny gold-coloured plastic sombrero.  More info

Sierra Tequila Reposado
$25.53

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