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Tequila

What is tequila? Tequila is a distilled alcoholic beverage made from the blue agave plant, primarily in the area surrounding the city of Tequila, 65 km (40 miles) northwest of Guadalajara, and in the highlands (Los Altos) of the western Mexican state of Jalisco. Tequila is most often made at a 38% alcohol content (76 US proof) but can be produced between 35-55% ABV.

The first distillation of what we now know as tequila took place in 1530, just 30 years after the Spanish conquest of Mexico. It was created by a man named Martin de la Cruz, who was inspired by a similar drink being made in Spain. Tequila quickly became popular throughout Mexico, and by the early 1800s, it was being exported to other countries.

Tequila is made from the agave plant, which is native to Mexico. There are more than 200 varieties of agave, but only one, the blue agave, is used to make tequila. The blue agave plant takes anywhere from six to twelve years to mature and can grow up to 2.5 meters (8 feet) tall. Once the plants are mature, they are harvested and the piñas (the hearts of the plants) are extracted.

The piñas are then chopped into small pieces and placed in large ovens where they are cooked for several hours. This process breaks down the complex carbohydrates in the piñas into simple sugars, which are then used to produce tequila.

After the piñas have been cooked, they are mashed and placed in large fermentation tanks where yeast is added. The yeast causes the sugars in the mash to ferment and produces alcohol. The fermented mash is then distilled to create 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.

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 can be either blanco (white), which is also called plata (silver) or joven (young), or it can be aged in oak barrels, which gives it a golden or amber colour. Tequila that has been aged for more than two years is called añejo (aged). Tequila that has been aged for more than three years is called extra añejo (extra aged).

Tequila can be enjoyed neat or in cocktails such as the Margarita, Paloma, and Tequila Sunrise. Tequila is also used in cooking, for example in the popular Mexican dish Cochinita pibil.

Casa Dragones Añejo Barrel Blend

70cl, 40%
Casa Dragones

An exquisite Añejo Tequila from Casa Dragones, made with 100% Blue Weber agave. Matured in a combination of new French and New American oak casks, the two expressions are expertly blended, to create…  More info

Casa Dragones Añejo Barrel Blend
$153.64

Enemigo 00 Extra Añejo

70cl, 40%
Enemigo

This is the Extra Añejo Tequila from the Enemigo range, which spends three years maturing before being bottled at 40% ABV. Very much proffered as a sipping Tequila, and certainly can be enjoyed as…  More info

Enemigo 00 Extra Añejo
$138.29

Etéreo Plata

70cl, 40%
Etereo

A rather snazzy Tequila here from the Etéreo range, made with agave from Jalisco and produced at a family-owned distillery using a combination of traditional and modern methods. More than suitable…  More info

Etéreo Plata
$60.39

Purasangre Tequila Reposado

70cl, 40%
Purasangre

Aged for 9 months in French oak, here we have a reposado expression of Purasangre Tequila! Purasangre means "thoroughbred" in Spanish and this certainly does have all the characteristics of a…  More info

Purasangre Tequila Reposado
$53.21

Purasangre Tequila Blanco Fuerte

100cl, 43.5%
Purasangre

Using specially selected highland agave, Purasangre Tequila is twice distilled, first in stainless steel alembic pot stills and second in copper pots. Fabulous balance, we think this will be great in…  More info

Purasangre Tequila Blanco Fuerte
$55.27

Enemigo 89 Añejo Cristalino

70cl, 40%
Enemigo

An interesting expression from the Enemigo tequila range. This is the Enemigo 89 Añejo Cristalino - you may notice that it's a bit... Well, a bit clear for an añejo tequila. What they do is age the…  More info

Enemigo 89 Añejo Cristalino
$61.41

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
$36.90

Reserva del Señor Reposado

70cl, 38%
Reserva del Señor

The Reserva del Señor range dates back to the 1940s - and in that time, the producer has certainly created more than its fair share of ace Tequila. This particular expression is the Reserva del Señor…  More info

Reserva del Señor Reposado
$37.64

Sierra Milenario Tequila Blanco

70cl, 41.5%
Destilerias Sierra

Triple distilled, 100% blue agave tequila from Sierra's Milenario range. Very high quality blanco tequila, suitable for sipping, but also for splashing in cocktails.  More info

Sierra Milenario Tequila Blanco
$51.22

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
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$53.21

Maestro Dobel Silver

70cl, 40%
Maestro Dobel

A silver tequila from the Maestro Dobel range, made by a family with 11 generations of tequila-production experience. Great in a cocktail, but its double distillation does make it a good choice for…  More info

Maestro Dobel Silver
$45.47
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Pueblo Viejo Reposado

70cl, 38%
San Matias

A delicious 100% agave Reposado Tequila from the Pueblo Viejo range. Enjoyably spicy, which should work excellent with sweet, zesty lime juice...  More info

Pueblo Viejo Reposado
$32.73

San Matias Tahona Blanco

70cl, 38%
San Matias

In celebration of San Matias' 130th anniversary, the Tequila produced looked to the past to see what they should do next - the result was San Matias Tahona, a Tequila made exclusively using agave…  More info

San Matias Tahona Blanco
$60.39

Salitos Gold

70cl, 38%
Salitos

This expression from Salitos goes through a double distillation before it's placed into barrels to rest. The Tequila takes on some buttery, mature notes alongside the fresh grassy flavours from the…  More info

Salitos Gold
$30.68

Sierra Milenario Tequila Fumado

70cl, 41.5%
Destilerias Sierra

A curious creation from Sierra's Milenario range, made with agave which has been smoked after being cooked. The result is an interesting tipple boasting a robust smokiness (perhaps taking inspiration…  More info

Sierra Milenario Tequila Fumado
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$56.75
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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
$56.80

Purasangre Tequila Añejo

100cl, 40%
Purasangre

Using 100% blue weber agave which has been grown in high altitudes, Purasangre Tequila Añejo is twice distilled, before spending a minimum of two years resting in French Oak. Nicely aged and very…  More info

Purasangre Tequila Añejo
$67.56

Batanga Tequila Reposado

70cl, 38%
Casa Orendain

Reposado Tequila produced as part of Casa Orendain's Batanga range. Made exclusively with agave grown on the Orendain plantation, which are then cooked in brick ovens and fermented with a…  More info

Batanga Tequila Reposado
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$26.22

Sierra Milenario Tequila Reposado

70cl, 41.5%
Destilerias Sierra

The reposado expression from Sierra's Milenario range is a 100% agave tequila which spends up to nine months maturing in oak casks before being bottled at 41.5% ABV. Notes of creamy vanilla and…  More info

Sierra Milenario Tequila Reposado
$56.70
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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
$49.53

Tapatio Reposado Tequila

50cl, 38%
La Altena

Kept in casks that previously held bourbon for four months, Tapatio Reposado Tequila works fantastically in cocktails and by itself.  More info

Tapatio Reposado Tequila
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$25.60
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Terralta Reposado

75cl, 40%
Terralta

A reposado Tequila from Terralta, made with mineral-heavy water drawn from wells 450 feet down and 100% handpicked agave. It spends 8 months in #1 light toast new American oak barrels, giving it a…  More info

Terralta Reposado
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$44.90

Terralta Blanco 110 Proof

70cl, 55%
Terralta

Terralta Blanco tequila is made with 100% handpicked agave and well water from 140 metres deep, creating a bold spirit full of mineral and earthy flavours, as well as rich agave aroma and taste. At…  More info

Terralta Blanco 110 Proof
$55.41

Cenote Reposado Tequila

70cl, 40%
Cenote

Master distiller Arturo Fuentes and master blender Alejandro Garcia Páez create the Cenote Tequila range using blue agave which has matured for at least 6 years. Following distillation, the Reposado…  More info

Cenote Reposado Tequila
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$45.58
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Jose Cuervo Tradicional Silver

70cl, 38%
Jose Cuervo

A 100% agave, unaged tequila from the classic stable of Jose Cuervo. Excellent entry level stuff, great for cocktails but with enough character to enjoy neat.  More info

Jose Cuervo Tradicional Silver
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$31.75
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