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Tequila

Popular Tequila Types: Blanco Tequila | Joven Tequila | Reposado Tequila | Anejo Tequila | Extra Anejo 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.

La Serpiente Emplumada Añejo

70cl, 40%
Del Valles

Añejo tequila from the Serpiente Emplumada, which means 'Feathered Snake' in Spanish, which would make a pretty solid name for a secret agent...  More info

La Serpiente Emplumada Añejo
$33.23

La Serpiente Emplumada Extra Añejo

70cl, 40%
Del Valles

At the peak of the Serpiente Emplumada range is their Extra Añejo tequila! A golden label for an equally golden hue of the spirit...  More info

La Serpiente Emplumada Extra Añejo
$49.54

La Serpiente Emplumada Reposado

70cl, 40%
Del Valles

Reposado tequila from La Serpiente Emplumada, produced using 100% blue agave. 'La Serpiente Emplumada' means 'The Feathered Snake' in Spanish...  More info

La Serpiente Emplumada Reposado
$30.76

La Serpiente Emplumada Silver

70cl, 44%
Del Valles

The entry level expression from the Serpiente Emplumada (or 'Feathered Snake') tequila range, made with 100% blue agave. Imagine a snake with feathers. Do it. Pretty cool, right?  More info

La Serpiente Emplumada Silver
$30.42

Blue Hour Tequila Blanco

70cl, 40%
Blue Hour

The Blanco expression from the Blue Hour tequila range. The name is a reference to the ethereal colour of twilight just before the sun rises.  More info

Blue Hour Tequila Blanco
$42.42

Blue Hour Tequila Reposado

70cl, 40%
Blue Hour

Reposado tequila from the Blue Hour range, named as a reference to the twilight just before the sun rises. Ought to be good for enjoying in a cocktail or simply enjoyed neat.  More info

Blue Hour Tequila Reposado
$47.72

Ocho Single Barrel - Los Fresnos Añejo - 2013 Harvest (54.2%)

70cl, 54.2%
Ocho

Single barrel tequila from the Ocho range, made with agave from Rancho Los Fresnos and aged in oak for 12 months and 5 days.  More info

Ocho Single Barrel - Los Fresnos Añejo - 2013 Harvest (54.2%)
$73.58

Tequila San José Silver

70cl, 35%
Tequila San José

San Jose is a city in California, although presumably this spirit is named after San José del Cabo in Mexico. It's bottled at 35% abv.  More info

Tequila San José Silver
$19.82

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
$36.26

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
$61.85

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
$49.58

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
$47.93

Herencia de Plata Reposado

70cl, 38%
Herencia

A Reposado tequila from the Herencia de Plata range, produced by Tequilas del Señor in Jalisco, Mexico.  More info

Herencia de Plata Reposado
$38.03

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
$20.39

Tres Sombreros Reposado

70cl, 38%
Tres Sombreros

A reposado tequila (which means that it’s rested in oak casks for between two and twelve months) from Tres Sombreros. “When the passion for crafts becomes tequila” they say, which we think refers to…  More info

Tres Sombreros Reposado
$31.88

Tres Sombreros Blanco

70cl, 38%
Tres Sombreros

Tres Sombreros, the tequila with three sombreros on the bottle.  More info

Tres Sombreros Blanco
$30.90

Viviana Reposado

70cl, 38%
Viviana La Mexicana

A high quality mixto made with 80% agave by Feliciano Vivanco and rested in American oak ex-Jack Daniel's barrels.  More info

Viviana Reposado
$25.92

Clase Azul Añejo Tequila

70cl, 40%
Clase Azul

A super-premium añejo tequila from Clase Azul, presented in their instantly recognisable decanter. Made using traditional Mexican unfired clay methods, before European glazing techniques and hand…  More info

Clase Azul Añejo Tequila
$618.76

Tres Josés Blanco Tequila

70cl, 40%
Tierra de Agaves

The entry-level Blanco tequila from the Tres Josés range. This is crafted by Master Distiller José Fernández, using agave from the Beckmann family estate. Clean and crisp with touches of white pepper…  More info

Tres Josés Blanco Tequila
$28.67

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
$92.22

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
$52.45

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
$127.26

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
$127.26

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
$127.26

Sierra Antiguo Plata

70cl, 40%
Destilerias Sierra

Blanco or 'Plata' tequila from Sierra Antiguo - unlike the añejo it doesn't seem to come with a sombrero on the lid...  More info

Sierra Antiguo Plata
$35.48

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