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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.

1800 Añejo Tequila

70cl, 38%
1800

An ultra premium tequila, 1800 Anejo is aged in small French oak barrels for over 12 months, with a small proportion of it aged in American oak for 3 years.  More info

1800 Añejo Tequila
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$43.92
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1800 Cristalino Tequila

70cl, 35%
1800

An interesting and stylish bottling from the 1800 Tequila range, 1800 Cristalino is an añejo expression which has been filtered, resulting in a clear spirit that still packs a rich, full-bodied…  More info

1800 Cristalino Tequila
6
$47.77

1800 Silver Tequila

70cl, 38%
1800

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

1800 Silver Tequila
2
$34.36
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1800 Tequila Reposado

70cl, 38%
1800

After spending up to a year in oak casks, this 1800 Reposado Tequila is ready for Margaritas, Sunrises or even enjoyed neat. Beautiful golden hue to this, too.  More info

1800 Tequila Reposado
3
$31.83
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AC/DC Thunderstruck Tequila Blanco

70cl, 40%
Fabrica de Tequilas Finos

Named after the legendary AC/DC track from the 1990s, Thunderstruck Tequila marks the band's latest venture into the beverage industry following releasing a beer and a series of wines - Tequila! This…  More info

AC/DC Thunderstruck Tequila Blanco
$36.41

AC/DC Thunderstruck Tequila Reposado

70cl, 40%
Fabrica de Tequilas Finos

AC/DC's Thunderstruck Tequila Reposado, christened after the eponymous legendary track from the 1990s. The result of a delicious collaboration with Fabrica de Tequilas Finos, this 100% Blue Weber…  More info

AC/DC Thunderstruck Tequila Reposado
1
$35.02

Ambhar Tequila Añejo

70cl, 40%
Ambhar

Ambhar's Añejo Tequila is made from 100% blue weber agave five times distilled in Jalisco, Mexico. The spirit is then aged for around two years in American oak barrels sourced from Jack Daniel's in…  More info

Ambhar Tequila Añejo
$54.15

Ambhar Tequila Plata

70cl, 40%
Ambhar

A small batch Tequila made with 100% blue weber agave, Ambhar's Plata expression is made with agave from both the highlands and the lowlands. It's distilled in Jalisco not once, but five times before…  More info

Ambhar Tequila Plata
$41.40

Ambhar Tequila Reposado

70cl, 40%
Ambhar

Distilled in Jalisco, Mexico, from 100% blue weber agave comes Ambhar's Reposado Tequila. It's rested for just under a year in barrels which previously housed Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey, before…  More info

Ambhar Tequila Reposado
$49.90

AquaRiva Blanco

70cl, 38%
AquaRiva

Produced with nothing but 100% Blue Weber Agave, AquaRiva's Blanco is a deliciously flavoursome silver tequila, made with agave and water from the Jalisco highlands. Try it in cocktails - it makes a…  More info

AquaRiva Blanco
1
$31.17
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AquaRiva Reposado

70cl, 38%
AquaRiva

Produced by the AquaRiva company, this is a stunning Reposado Tequila. It is made with pure spring water and 100% Blue Weber Agave plants sourced from the Mexican Jalisco Highlands.  More info

AquaRiva Reposado
3
$28.30
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Arette Añejo

70cl, 38%
Arette

Simply a marvellous tequila, full to the brim with fruity agave and vanilla spiced. Arette Añejo, spends 14 to 18 months resting in American white oak barrels before it's bottled.  More info

Arette Añejo
$40.21
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Arette Blanco

70cl, 38%
Arette

A silver tequila from Arette, this was launched in 2007 and is made at the El Llano distillery, which has been owned by the Orendain family since the early 20th century. This is bottled on site in…  More info

Arette Blanco
$29.37
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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
$49.90
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Arette Reposado

70cl, 38%
Arette

This corking reposado is aged for between 4 and 6 months in white oak. It is made 100% blue agave from Jalisco, and it is blended with water from Tequila mountain. This is a superb premium tequila…  More info

Arette Reposado
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$31.17
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Arette Suave Añejo

70cl, 38%
Arette

This is the Añejo expression from Arette's premium tequila range, Suave (a choice name, we have to say). They store the spirit for 6 months in steel tank to allow it to mellow, before transferring it…  More info

Arette Suave Añejo
$68.55

Arette Suave Reposado

70cl, 38%
Arette

From the Arette Suave range comes a Reposado tequila made with 100% agave, matured in American oak casks for 11 months. Top quality stuff, well worth splashing out on.  More info

Arette Suave Reposado
$58.93

Avión Añejo Tequila

70cl, 40%
Avión

Añejo tequila from the Avión range, founded by Ken Austin and made with the Lopez family in Jesus Maria - 100% of the agave used in Avión comes from Jesus Maria! The Añejo is matured for two years…  More info

Avión Añejo Tequila
$51.50

Avión Reposado Tequila

70cl, 40%
Avión

Reposado tequila from the Avión range (which you may be familiar with if you watch the TV show Entourage). They age this tequila for 6 months before bottling it up.  More info

Avión Reposado Tequila
$48.83

Avión Reserva 44

70cl, 40%
Avión

At the peak of the Avión Tequila range sits the Reserva 44 Extra Añejo. This expression spends 43 months sitting in oak cask, before being transferred over smaller casks for a final month (these…  More info

Avión Reserva 44
$116.91

Avión Silver Tequila

70cl, 40%
Avión

The entry level expression from the Avión tequila range. At the 2012 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, this tequila took home an impressive pair of awards - Best Silver Tequila and Best Unaged…  More info

Avión Silver Tequila
1
$44.59

Batanga Tequila Blanco

70cl, 38%
Casa Orendain

Batanga blanco Tequila is produced at the Casa Orendain, which was founded all the way back in 1926! It's distilled using 100% agave, harvested from the Orendain plantation and fermented with yeast…  More info

Batanga Tequila Blanco
$26.51
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Batanga Tequila Reposado

70cl, 38%
Casa Orendain

Reposado Tequila produced as part of Casa Orendain's Batanga range. Made exclusively with agave grown on the Orendain plantation, which are then cooked in brick ovens and fermented with a…  More info

Batanga Tequila Reposado
$26.51
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Cabrito Tequila Reposado (40%)

70cl, 40%
Tequila Cabrito

The Reposado expression from Cabrito Tequila, bottled at 40% ABV. The goat on the label seems pretty chill, which is nice. Sweet beard, too.  More info

Cabrito Tequila Reposado (40%)
$29.77

Calle 23 Añejo

70cl, 40%
Calle 23

Calle 23 Añejo is distilled in the Los Altos region of Jalisco, using 100% agave, and spends 16 months resting in ex-bourbon barrels. The result is well-flavoured, with plenty of the vanilla…  More info

Calle 23 Añejo
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$38.94
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