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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.

Montezuma Blanco Tequila - 1980s

70cl, 38%
Montezuma

If you look closely at the label for this 1980s bottling of Montezuma Blanco Tequila and at one from a more recent bottling, you'll notice that very little has changed. If it ain't broke...  More info

Montezuma Blanco Tequila - 1980s
$146.63

Mariachi Añejo Tequila - 1980s

75cl, 40%
Seagram's

So '80s. So mariachi. So pleasing. A rare old bottle of añejo tequila. "Don't You Want Me Baby?"  More info

Mariachi Añejo Tequila - 1980s
$146.63

Two Fingers Dos Dedos Tequila - 1980s

70cl, 38%
Two Fingers

"I'll have two fingers of Two Fingers." A popular funny back in the 1980s. Probably.  More info

Two Fingers Dos Dedos Tequila - 1980s
$146.63

1800 Select Silver Tequila

75cl, 50%
1800

1800 Select Silver Tequila comes presented at 50% - a rather rare sight for tequila, many of which you'll likely see bottled around the 40% ABV mark. This bumped-up ABV leads to a spirit that stands…  More info

1800 Select Silver Tequila
$60.43

Berrueco Rock Añejo Tequila

75cl, 40%
Casa Berrueco

Berrueco Rock Añejo is a well-aged single barrel tequila excellent for sipping neat on a long, warming evening. They use heavily charred oak barrels to mature the 100% blue agave-based spirit.  More info

Berrueco Rock Añejo Tequila
$106.25

Don Alvaro Blanco Tequila

70cl, 40%
Don Alvaro

An organic tequila made to an old Cetto family recipe.  More info

Don Alvaro Blanco Tequila
$32.93

Tres Josés Blanco Tequila

70cl, 40%
Tierra de Agaves

The entry-level Blanco tequila from the Tres Josés range. This is crafted by Master Distiller José Fernández, using agave from the Beckmann family estate. Clean and crisp with touches of white pepper…  More info

Tres Josés Blanco Tequila
$33.04

El Mayor Blanco Tequila

75cl, 40%
El Mayor

The El Mayor range is a selection of 100% Agave tequila from the Mexican highlands. The brand's Master Distiller is Rocolfo Gonzalez, a third generation tequila distiller. Also, the El Mayor bottles…  More info

El Mayor Blanco Tequila
$47.99

Clase Azul Añejo Tequila

70cl, 40%
Clase Azul

A super-premium añejo tequila from Clase Azul, presented in their instantly recognisable decanter. Made using traditional Mexican unfired clay methods, before European glazing techniques and hand…  More info

Clase Azul Añejo Tequila
$712.92

Berrueco Rock Reposado Tequila

75cl, 40%
Casa Berrueco

A tequila aged for several months in heavily charred American oak barrels.  More info

Berrueco Rock Reposado Tequila
$65.92

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
$52.48

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
$124.64

Viviana Blanco

70cl, 38%
Feliciano Vivanco

One of the best mixto tequilas we've come across, made with 80% agave by Feliciano Vivanco. perfect for all your tequila cocktail needs.  More info

Viviana Blanco
$28.83

Viviana Reposado

70cl, 38%
Viviana La Mexicana

A high quality mixto made with 80% agave by Feliciano Vivanco and rested in American oak ex-Jack Daniel's barrels.  More info

Viviana Reposado
$29.87

Tres Sombreros Blanco

70cl, 38%
Tres Sombreros

Tres Sombreros, the tequila with three sombreros on the bottle.  More info

Tres Sombreros Blanco
$35.60

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
$36.73

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
$23.49

Herencia de Plata Reposado

70cl, 38%
Herencia

A Reposado tequila from the Herencia de Plata range, produced by Tequilas del Señor in Jalisco, Mexico.  More info

Herencia de Plata Reposado
$43.81

Herencia de Plata Añejo

70cl, 38%
Herencia

Añejo tequila produced for the Herencia de Plata range, which has been allowed to matured in oak casks for at least 18 months.  More info

Herencia de Plata Añejo
$45.70

Ocho Reposado Tequila 2015 (La Latilla)

50cl, 40%
Ocho

A Reposado tequila from the Rancho La Latilla 2015 harvest, bottled as part of the Ocho range. Still features the big roasted fruit notes of the Blanco, though now with touches of coffee and caramel…  More info

Ocho Reposado Tequila 2015 (La Latilla)
$26.73

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
$55.22

Mejor Añejo

75cl, 40%
Mejor Tequila Company

An Añejo tequila from the Mejor range (which is rather well known for their Mejor Pink Tequila), made with single estate agave and aged for 19 to 24 months in American oak barrels before being…  More info

Mejor Añejo
$57.13

El Espolòn Blanco Tequila

70cl, 40%
Destiladora San Nicolas

Blanco tequila from Destilladora San Nicolas in Los Altos, made with 100% blue agave and bottled without ageing. The name "Espolòn" comes from the spur of the rooster's foot, an important bird in…  More info

El Espolòn Blanco Tequila
1
$30.48

Casco Viejo Blanco Tequila

70cl, 38%
Casco Viejo

Blanco tequila from Casco Viejo, a family owned company which was started by Don Jose Agustin Camarena in 1938. Made with 100% agave. With classic peppery, fruity, herbal notes rippling through it,…  More info

Casco Viejo Blanco Tequila
$24.80

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
2
$34.40

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