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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
3
$44.24

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
$60.59

1800 Silver Tequila

70cl, 38%
1800

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

1800 Silver Tequila
$35.70

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
$37.77

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
$33.54

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
$36.88

Agave De Oro Reposado Double Magnum

300cl, 35%
Arette

A massive bottle of Agave de Oro Reposado tequila! This is a double magnum-sized bottle, holding 300cl of the tequila!  More info

Agave De Oro Reposado Double Magnum
$115.12

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
$26.66

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
$30.33

AquaRiva Reposado Handmade Tequila

70cl, 40%
AquaRiva

AquaRiva's premium tequila is made from selected 8 year old blue agaves and apparently "if you love life you will love" this Reposado, rested for over 6 months in oak casks. Yay, life!  More info

AquaRiva Reposado Handmade Tequila
$33.83

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
$41.29

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
$29.94

Arette Gran Clase Extra Añejo

70cl, 38%
Arette

A well aged Añejo from Arette. This is aged for over 3 years in white oak and is bottled in individually numbered bottles (298 in total). They bottle this at the El Llano distillery, which has been…  More info

Arette Gran Clase Extra Añejo
$181.82

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
$32.02

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
$147.96

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
$28.49

Bambarria Blanco Tequila

70cl, 38%
Bambarria

A hot, peppery tequila, made with 100% blue agave in Mexico. We love the bright, lively flavours and we also really love the label featuring an eagle flying, claws outstretched, towards a snake…  More info

Bambarria Blanco Tequila
$21.10

Bambarria Reposado Tequila

70cl, 38%
Bambarria

This is the Reposado tequila from the Bambarria brand, made with 100% agave. A good value tequila, with a rather striking bottle that features not only an eagle with its claws outstretched, but also…  More info

Bambarria Reposado Tequila
$23.88

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
$106.54

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
$66.10

Cabo Wabo Blanco

75cl, 40%
Impulsora Rombo

This is the Cabo Wabo Blanco Tequila, a phrase which rolls off the tongue rather enjoyably. The Cabo Wabo range was originally created for the Cabo Wabo restaurants, founded by Sammy Hagar (yes, the…  More info

Cabo Wabo Blanco
1
$48.95

Cabrito Tequila Blanco

70cl, 38%
Tequila Cabrito

A great mixing tequila, made from 100% agave. Cabrito Blanco is slightly sweet with hints of green tea and caramel. This is produced in Arandas in the Jalisco region.  More info

Cabrito Tequila Blanco
$32.91

Cabrito Tequila Reposado

70cl, 38%
Tequila Cabrito

A 100% agave tequila from Arandas, Jalisco, which is aged before it's bottled to impart subtle touches of oak and caramel. A good choice for flavoursome margaritas.  More info

Cabrito Tequila Reposado
$34.32

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
1
$38.54

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
$34.49

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