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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.

Maracame Plata Tequila

70cl, 38%
Maracame

Silver artisan Tequila made in Los Altos, featuring delicate, exotic notes of coconut and mango with classic peppery hints. The name, Maracame, is inspired by the ancient wizard or shaman of the…  More info

Maracame Plata Tequila
$51.24

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
$56.69

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
$132.27

Maverick Reposado Tequila

70cl, 38%
La Cofradia

Oh look, it's a Reposado offering of tequila for the Maverick range, one of Jake's favourites (apparently he once enjoyed some Maverick Tequila in a pub in Darlington, which he enjoys telling us…  More info

Maverick Reposado Tequila
$21.19

Maverick Tequila

70cl, 38%
La Cofradia

Produced in Jalisco, Mexico, this traditional double distilled tequila is best enjoyed by those who don't play by the rules (but by Christ they get results), either neat or in a cocktail. I once…  More info

Maverick Tequila
2
$19.79

Mejor Añejo

75cl, 40%
Mejor Tequila Company

An Añejo tequila from the Mejor range (which is rather well known for their Mejor Pink Tequila), made with single estate agave and aged for 19 to 24 months in American oak barrels before being…  More info

Mejor Añejo
$51.53

Mejor Pink Tequila

75cl, 40%
Mejor Tequila Company

From the Mejor range comes Mejor Pink Tequila. They use their Blanco tequila and natural colouring to create this vibrant tipple. This ought to make some very brightly-coloured cocktails...  More info

Mejor Pink Tequila
$48.11

Mejor Reposado

75cl, 40%
Mejor Tequila Company

A rather stylish Reposado tequila from Mejor, known for using single estate agave to craft their spirits. This expression is allowed to mature for 11 months in American oak.  More info

Mejor Reposado
$49.81

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
$132.27

Montezuma Gold Tequila

70cl, 40%
Montezuma

Produced by the Montezuma company, this is a gold-coloured Reposado tequila which was aged in oak for less than two months before bottling.  More info

Montezuma Gold Tequila
$20.42

Ocho Blanco Tequila 2014 (La Magueyera)

50cl, 40%
Ocho

Blanco tequila from the wonderful Ocho range, which gives light to the terroir of their agave, by sourcing it from a number of different 'ranchos'. This one comes from La Magueyera and was released…  More info

Ocho Blanco Tequila 2014 (La Magueyera)
$29.02

Ocho Blanco Tequila 2015 (La Latilla)

50cl, 40%
Ocho

A blanco single estate tequila produced for Ocho's selection, using agave plants which were grown at Rancho La Latilla. The resulting tequila is richly herbaceous, with touches of roasted fruit and…  More info

Ocho Blanco Tequila 2015 (La Latilla)
1
$21.77

Ocho Curado Tequila

50cl, 40%
Ocho

An astonishing new Tequila from Ocho, this was created by the legendary Tomas Estes, and is the first of its kind. This incredible spirit is distilled as usual, before being infused with natural…  More info

Ocho Curado Tequila
3
$23.52

Ocho Extra Añejo El Carrizal 2009 Harvest

70cl, 40%
Ocho

El Carrizal is a single estate tequila from Ocho. It was made from agave plants harvested at Rancho La Carrizal and was aged in oak for more than three years before bottling. Very good indeed.  More info

Ocho Extra Añejo El Carrizal 2009 Harvest
$92.30

Ocho Reposado Tequila 2015 (La Latilla)

50cl, 40%
Ocho

A Reposado tequila from the Rancho La Latilla 2015 harvest, bottled as part of the Ocho range. Still features the big roasted fruit notes of the Blanco, though now with touches of coffee and caramel…  More info

Ocho Reposado Tequila 2015 (La Latilla)
1
$24.11

Ocho Single Barrel - Los Fresnos Añejo - 2013 Harvest

70cl, 54.50%
Ocho

A single barrel, 2013 harvest bottling of Añejo tequila from the Ocho range. This edition comes from Rancho Los Fresnos, which was distilled at Destileria La Altena and matured in the cask for 12…  More info

Ocho Single Barrel - Los Fresnos Añejo - 2013 Harvest
$77.66

Ocho Single Barrel Añejo 2010 Harvest - Carlos Camarena

70cl, 54.80%
Carlos Camarena

This is a delicious Añejo Tequila, bottled for the superb Single Barrel range from Ocho. It was made by Carlos Camarena at the Los Corrales ranch. The agave plants were harvested in 2010, and the…  More info

Ocho Single Barrel Añejo 2010 Harvest - Carlos Camarena
$77.50

Ocho Single Estate - La Maguyera Añejo - 2014 Harvest

70cl, 40%
Ocho

Single estate tequila from the Ocho brand. This Añejo comes from La Maguyera's 2014 Harvest. Sure to be an enjoyable sip for tequila fans.  More info

Ocho Single Estate - La Maguyera Añejo - 2014 Harvest
$51.90

Olmeca Altos Plata

70cl, 38%
Olmeca Tequila

Made of 100% agave from Los Altos, high up in Jalisco, Mexico, Olmeca Altos Plata is a blanco tequila, perfect for margaritas.  More info

Olmeca Altos Plata
$33.44

Olmeca Altos Reposado

70cl, 38%
Olmeca Tequila

An award winning Reposado, including a gold medal at the International Wine & Spirit Competition. Plus, let's face it, the bottle is pretty spiffy!  More info

Olmeca Altos Reposado
$38.40

Olmeca Blanco

70cl, 38%
Olmeca Tequila

A silver tequila from Olmeca, this is unaged tequila from the Jalisco highlands. Great in a margarita.  More info

Olmeca Blanco
$23.90

Olmeca Reposado Tequila

70cl, 38%
Olmeca Tequila

Made using hand-harvested, hand-selected Agave, this reposado Tequila has rested in Oak barrels for over 1 year prior to release.  More info

Olmeca Reposado Tequila
$23.58

Patrón Añejo

70cl, 40%
Patrón

An aged tequila from perhaps the best-known quality producer in Mexico. The bottle itself is a hand-made piece of art, but the contents are truly sublime.  More info

Patrón Añejo
6
$54.75

Patrón Reposado

70cl, 40%
Patrón

Patrón Reposado is aged in oak for around 6 months. A great sipping Tequila, this also makes a fantastic Margarita. Each bottle is hand filled, signed and uniquely numbered.  More info

Patrón Reposado
1
$47.80

Patrón Silver Chinese New Year Limited Edition

70cl, 40%
Patrón

Classic Patrón Silver in a special tin to commemorate Chinese New Year and the Year of the Monkey!  More info

Patrón Silver Chinese New Year Limited Edition
$47.34

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