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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
5
$45.35
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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
1
$49.32

1800 Milenio Extra Añejo Tequila

70cl, 40%
1800

A particularly decadent Añejo Tequila from the 1800 range, first released in 2000. This expression is given a lengthy initial maturation in American oak barrels before being transferred over to…  More info

1800 Milenio Extra Añejo Tequila
1
$192.01

1800 Silver Tequila

70cl, 38%
1800

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

1800 Silver Tequila
2
$34.15
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1800 Silver Tequila - Alma Bank, Atlanta (Essential Artists)

75cl, 40%
1800

The eighth edition of 1800 Tequila's Essential Artists series features a series of labels on their Silver expression designed by Puerto Rican artist Enoc Perez, inspired by rather singular pieces of…  More info

1800 Silver Tequila - Alma Bank, Atlanta (Essential Artists)
$36.93

1800 Silver Tequila - California Shoe Store, LA Habana (Essential Artists)

75cl, 40%
1800

A release from 1800 Tequila's eighth Essential Artists series, featuring designs by Puerto Rican artist Enoc Perez on bottles of 1800 Silver Tequila. This particular bottle features a California Shoe…  More info

1800 Silver Tequila - California Shoe Store, LA Habana (Essential Artists)
$36.93

1800 Silver Tequila - Crystal House, Miami (Essential Artists)

75cl, 40%
1800

This is a bottling of 1800 Silver Tequila from their Essential Artists series. Each bottling from the eighth edition of the Essential Artists series features a different piece of art on the label…  More info

1800 Silver Tequila - Crystal House, Miami (Essential Artists)
$36.93

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)
$36.93

1800 Silver Tequila - U.N. Building, New York City (Essential Artists)

75cl, 40%
1800

For their eighth Essential Artists series, 1800 Tequila decked out their Silver expression with a series of designs from Puerto Rican artist Enoc Perez. Each one features a different piece of…  More info

1800 Silver Tequila - U.N. Building, New York City (Essential Artists)
$36.93

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
$32.86
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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
$30.90
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Agave De Oro Reposado

70cl, 35%
Arette

A good value for money Reposado tequila, made from 100% agave. Tequila-based-cocktail deliciousness awaits!  More info

Agave De Oro Reposado
$37.51

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
$29.57
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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
2
$29.22
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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
$41.52
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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
$30.32
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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
$51.52
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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
$148.07

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
$32.18
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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
$70.77

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
$55.91

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
$60.84

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
$136.88
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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
$53.17

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
$50.42

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