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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.

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
$51.52

Cenote Blanco Tequila

70cl, 40%
Fabrica de Tequilas Finos

Blanco Tequila from the Cenote range, created by master distiller Arturo Fuentes and master blender Alejandro Garcia Páez using blue agave which has matured for at least 6 years. Interestingly, this…  More info

Cenote Blanco Tequila
$43.83

Tequila Advent Calendar - Themed (2018 Edition)

72cl, 38.3%
Drinks by the Dram

Estimated despatch 15th October Drinks by the Dram has worked out a cunning algorithm to ensure that each day of Advent equals agave-based awesomeness. The solution? The Tequila Advent Calendar,…  More info

Tequila Advent Calendar - Themed (2018 Edition)
$164.53

Gran Orendain Reposado

70cl, 38%
Gran Orendain

The Gran Orendain range of tequilas are all made exclusively using agave grown on the hill of Tepecoste, harvested at the peak of their maturity. The Reposado expression spends 11 months ageing in…  More info

Gran Orendain Reposado
$42.58

Ollitas Reposado

70cl, 38%
Ollitas

The Reposado expression from the Ollitas tequila range spends at least six months maturing in American white oak barrels before being bottled. Made with 100% agave using traditional methods, this…  More info

Ollitas Reposado
$31.63

Sierra Milenario Tequila Añejo

70cl, 41.5%
Destilerias Sierra

Añejo tequila from Sierra's Milenario range, which is allowed to mature for up to 18 months in American white oak casks. Rich and chocolatey stuff, this.  More info

Sierra Milenario Tequila Añejo
$63.36

Arette Suave Añejo

70cl, 38%
Arette

This is the Añejo expression from Arette's premium tequila range, Suave (a choice name, we have to say). They store the spirit for 6 months in steel tank to allow it to mellow, before transferring it…  More info

Arette Suave Añejo
$70.77

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
$60.84

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
$158.00

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
$158.00

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
$59.20
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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
$36.71
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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
1
$50.09
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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
$53.71
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Casa Noble Reposado

70cl, 40%
Casa Noble

A reposado tequila from the Casa Noble range, aged for exactly 364 days - one more day and this would have been legally considered an anejo tequila. It matures in French white oak barrels, imparting…  More info

Casa Noble Reposado
1
$53.35
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Pueblo Viejo Añejo

75cl, 40%
San Matias

The Añejo expression from the Pueble Viejo range - well-matured and wonderfully flavoursome.  More info

Pueblo Viejo Añejo
$57.30

La Cava de Don Agustin Reposado Tequila

70cl, 38%
Tequila Supremo

Don Agustin's Reposado Tequila is made from 100% agave and spends 9 months maturing in oak before it's poured into these traditional-but-stylish bottles for the world to enjoy. Wouldn't been seen as…  More info

La Cava de Don Agustin Reposado Tequila
$39.66
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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
$37.51

Maestro Dobel Silver

75cl, 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
$47.87
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Tres Sombreros Blanco

70cl, 38%
Tres Sombreros

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

Tres Sombreros Blanco
$31.97
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La Serpiente Emplumada Silver

70cl, 44%
La Serpiente Emplumada

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
$36.42

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
1
$60.79

Sauza Tres Generaciones Añejo Tequila

70cl, 38%
Sauza

From the famous tequila producers, Sauza, Tres Generaciones Añejo is aged in American oak for 12 months before bottling.  More info

Sauza Tres Generaciones Añejo Tequila
3
$47.15
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Pueblo Viejo Reposado

75cl, 40%
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
$49.32

Viviana Blanco

70cl, 38%
Feliciano Vivanco

One of the best mixto tequilas we've come across, made with 80% agave by Feliciano Vivanco. perfect for all your tequila cocktail needs.  More info

Viviana Blanco
$30.63
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