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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.

Excellia Reposado

70cl, 40%
Excellia Tequila

Jean-Sébastien Robicquet and Carlos Camarena, both very talented and respected in their own right, have collaborated on a range of tequilas known as Excellia. Made with 100% blue agave from Jalisco…  More info

Excellia Reposado
$45.86

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
$19.86

Maracame Reposado Tequila

70cl, 38%
Maracame

The Maracame Reposado Tequila is left to rest in American oak casks for 9 months to give it time to take on some well spiced notes of cinnamon and pepper, as well as sweeter notes of honey and…  More info

Maracame Reposado Tequila
$55.63

Tequila Tristan Blanco

70cl, 40%
Tristan

This Blanco tequila comes to us from the municipality of Tepatitlán, Jalisco, produced by Tequila Tristan using 100% blue agave. Vibrant with floral, slightly herbal touches and big, bold notes of…  More info

Tequila Tristan Blanco
$43.75

Excellia Blanco

70cl, 40%
Excellia Tequila

The Blanco expression from the Excellia range of tequilas, produced as a collaboration between Jean-Sébastien Robicquet and Carlos Camarena. 100% blue agave grown in the highlands of Jalisco is…  More info

Excellia Blanco
$44.29

Ocho Reposado Tequila 2012 (El Refugio)

50cl, 40%
Ocho

Rested in oak casks for a number of months, this is a single estate tequila from El Refugio.  More info

Ocho Reposado Tequila 2012 (El Refugio)
$21.57

Climax Joven Tequila

70cl, 38%
Hacienda de Oro

A bottle of Climax Joven tequila, presented in a fairly snazzy bottle. Should work well in cocktails and wouldn't look out of place in a trendy bar.  More info

Climax Joven Tequila
$21.48

Arette Unique Extra Añejo

35cl, 40%
Arette

A rare and very exciting tequila from Arette, they made just 3,000 bottles of this. It is 6 years old, aged in 2 different types of American white oak, as well as French Limousin oak. It bears the…  More info

Arette Unique Extra Añejo
$130.61

La Certeza Reposado

70cl, 40%
La Certeza

Brand new tequila on the market, La Certeza Reposado is an extraordinary reposado with vanilla sweet, cinnamon led spiciness.  More info

La Certeza Reposado
$43.69

Jose Cuervo Blanco - 1980s

70cl, 38%
Jose Cuervo

From the early 1980s comes this Jose Cuervo Blanco Tequila, this spirit is smooth and spicy and perfectly suited to a Margarita cocktail.  More info

Jose Cuervo Blanco - 1980s
$129.79

Tequila Exquisito Blanco

70cl, 40%
Hacienda de Oro

Tequila Exquisito Blanco is an easy-going tequila, well suited for all your tequila-cocktail-making-needs. If you were wondering, yes, we do believe "Exquisito" translates to "exquisite" in English.  More info

Tequila Exquisito Blanco
$29.49

Azteca Azul Blanco Tequila

70cl, 38%
Azteca Azul

Azteca Azul tequila is made from blue agave, harvested from the Arandas Highlands of Jalisco. The agave is baked in traditional clay ovens. Try it in your favourite tequila-based cocktail, like a…  More info

Azteca Azul Blanco Tequila
$25.15

Sierra Antiguo Plata

70cl, 40%
Destilerias Sierra

Blanco or 'Plata' tequila from Sierra Antiguo - unlike the añejo it doesn't seem to come with a sombrero on the lid...  More info

Sierra Antiguo Plata
$36.19

Don J. Ramirez Blanco - 1980s

70cl, 38%
Don J. Ramirez

This is an antique bottling of Don J. Ramirez Blanco Tequila, produced in the 1980s. A great piece for spirits collectors who have an eye for well designed labels, handsome bottles or just old…  More info

Don J. Ramirez Blanco - 1980s
$129.79

Sauza Extra Añejo - 1970s

74cl, 40%
Sauza

"The bottled romance of Mexico" is what the label of this 1970s bottling of Sauza Extra Añejo tequila claims to be. Rare and collectible for tequila fans.  More info

Sauza Extra Añejo - 1970s
$155.75

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
$129.79

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
$129.79

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
$53.49

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
$94.05

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
$29.24

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
$631.05

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
$58.35

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
$25.52

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
$26.44

Tres Sombreros Blanco

70cl, 38%
Tres Sombreros

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

Tres Sombreros Blanco
$31.51

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