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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.

Don Fulano Imperial 5 Year Old Tequila

70cl, 40%
Don Fulano

A very impressive anejo tequila from Don Fulano, which has been matured in French oak casks for a massive 5 years before it is bottled. With that sort of maturation comes plenty of rich, spicy notes,…  More info

Don Fulano Imperial 5 Year Old Tequila
$111.91

Don Fulano Reposado

70cl, 40%
Don Fulano

The Reposado tequila from artisan distillers Don Fulano is matured for 8 months in French oak barrels before it is bottled. Similar to the Blanco, it's rich and herbal, though the Reposado has…  More info

Don Fulano Reposado
$48.73

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
$131.92

Don Julio 1942 Tequila

70cl, 38%
Don Julio

The Top Cuvée from Veteran Producer Don Julio.  More info

Don Julio 1942 Tequila
5
$114.10

Don Julio Añejo Tequila

70cl, 38%
Don Julio

An 18 month aged tequila from Don Julio. This is aged in American white oak barrels and the result is a citrussy, fruity tequila.  More info

Don Julio Añejo Tequila
6
$50.21

Don Julio Blanco Tequila

70cl, 38%
Don Julio

Citrussy and fresh, Don Julio's Blanco tequila was rated as "Classic" by Wine Enthusiast Magazine. This is their highest commendation, and it was awarded after their noted critic, F Paul Pacult after…  More info

Don Julio Blanco Tequila
2
$45.62

Dulce Vida Tequila Añejo

75cl, 50%
Dulce Vida Spirits

A 100 proof Anejo agave from the Dulce Vida Tequila range, made with organic agave. They age it in Bourbon barrels for 24 months before bottling at 50% ABV, which isn't seen very often in tequilas -…  More info

Dulce Vida Tequila Añejo
$70.80

Dulce Vida Tequila Blanco

70cl, 50%
Dulce Vida Spirits

The entry-level, unaged edition of Dulce Vida's organic tequila. Interestingly, the Dulce Vida range is bottled at 50% ABV, which means the fruity, exciting flavours of the agave will stand out more…  More info

Dulce Vida Tequila Blanco
$57.42

Dulce Vida Tequila Reposado 100° Proof

70cl, 50%
Dulce Vida Spirits

Made with organic agave, aged in bourbon barrels for 11 months and bottled at 50% ABV, the Dulce Vida Reposado Tequila is rather well suited to enjoying neat as well as being used in cocktails.  More info

Dulce Vida Tequila Reposado 100° Proof
$64.11

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
$27.43

El Espolòn Reposado Tequila

70cl, 40%
Destiladora San Nicolas

This is the El Espolòn Reposado Tequila, produced by Destilladora San Nicolas in Los Altos. After distillation, which includes playing rock music in the factories to "inspire" the agave, the Reposado…  More info

El Espolòn Reposado Tequila
$32.93

El Jimador Añejo

70cl, 38%
El Jimador

An Añejo tequila from bestselling Mexican brand El Jimador, this is aged for a year in toasted white oak barrels. It offers sweet vanilla and toffee flavours with plenty of spice. Delicious!  More info

El Jimador Añejo
$28.94

El Jimador Blanco

70cl, 38%
El Jimador

A silver tequila from El Jimador, this is bottled immediately after distillation, the result is crisp, fruity and great in cocktails.  More info

El Jimador Blanco
$22.29

El Jimador Reposado

70cl, 38%
El Jimador

Allow us to introduce Mexico's bestselling tequila… El Jimador Reposado is aged for 2 months in White Oak barrels before bottles. It is stunningly smooth with notes of cooked agave, vanilla and…  More info

El Jimador Reposado
$22.31

El Mayor Añejo Tequila

75cl, 40%
El Mayor

The Añejo tequila from El Mayor's range spends at least 18 months ageing in small, charred white oak barrels before being bottled (in their pleasing, distinctly shaped bottles, of course). This is…  More info

El Mayor Añejo Tequila
1
$54.92

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
$43.18

El Mayor Reposado Tequila

75cl, 40%
El Mayor

From the El Mayor range, steered by Master Distiller Rodolfo Gonzalez, comes a top notch Reposado tequila, which has been aged in small, charred, white oak barrels for 9 months before bottling. As…  More info

El Mayor Reposado Tequila
$49.19

El Torito Silver

70cl, 35%
Polini Group S.r.I

An unaged El Torito Tequila, which was made in Mexico. Perfect for a Paloma, just make sure you've got enough fresh grapefruit juice!  More info

El Torito Silver
$16.86

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
$20.18

Excellia Añejo

70cl, 40%
Excellia Tequila

The Excellia range of tequila comes to us from two sets of very carefully and talented hands, those of Jean-Sébastien Robicquet, who was a brand creator and producer of G'Vine Gin, and Carlos…  More info

Excellia Añejo
2
$52.16

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
$45.01

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
$46.61

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
$112.13

Fortaleza Blanco

70cl, 40%
Destileria La Fortaleza

Guillermo Sauza's family have a rich tequila-making history, with Don Cenobio a key figure in establishing tequila as we understand it today. When Guillermo was little, his grandfather sold the…  More info

Fortaleza Blanco
$65.91

Fortaleza Reposado

70cl, 40%
Destileria La Fortaleza

Fortaleza launched in 2005, but Guillermo Sauza's family have been making tequila for five generations going back to Don Cenobio who is said to have been the first person to export “mezcal de…  More info

Fortaleza Reposado
$76.89

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