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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.

Sierra Antiguo Añejo Tequila

70cl, 40%
Destilerias Sierra

Añejo tequila from the Sierra Antiguo range, which is made using 100% blue agave and matured for 26 months in oak casks, which has imparted colour, character and complexity to the vibrant spirits. A…  More info

Sierra Antiguo Añejo Tequila
$34.97

Sierra Milenario Tequila Reposado

70cl, 41.50%
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
$57.42

Cazadores Reposado Tequila

70cl, 40%
Cazadores

Cazadores Reposado is made with hand selected agaves, which are between 10 and 12 years of age at the time of picking, grown in the Loa Altos region in Jalisco. Aged in Kentucky oak barrels.  More info

Cazadores Reposado Tequila
$42.62

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
$38.14

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
$54.69

Centinela 3 Year Old

75cl, 38%
Tequila Centinela SA

The oldest tequila in the Centinela range is the 3 Year Old, made with 100% agave, matured in barrels for 3 years and bottled at 38% ABV. Handsomely packaged, as many Extra Anejo tequilas are wont to…  More info

Centinela 3 Year Old
$125.86

Centinela Anejo

70cl, 38%
Tequila Centinela SA

The Centinela Anejo tequila is made with 100% agave and is aged for around 30 months in barrels previously used for maturing bourbon, before it is bottled. Well suited to sipping neat and being…  More info

Centinela Anejo
$62.53

Maracame Añejo Tequila

70cl, 38%
Maracame

Spending 18 months ageing in oak casks, this Añejo Tequila from Maracame has taken on a wealth of rich, evocative notes of baked agave, caramel, coconut and cinnamon. A top-quality Añejo from a very…  More info

Maracame Añejo Tequila
$73.96

Jose Cuervo Tradicional (50cl)

50cl, 38%
Jose Cuervo

A less well known tequila from Cuervo, Tradicional is a reposado, matured in white oak barrels.  More info

Jose Cuervo Tradicional (50cl)
2
$22.23

AquaRiva Reposado

70cl, 38%
AquaRiva

Produced by the AquaRiva company, this is a stunning Reposado Tequila. It is made with pure spring water and 100% Blue Weber Agave plants sourced from the Mexican Jalisco Highlands.  More info

AquaRiva Reposado
$27.10

La Chica Tequila Blanco

70cl, 38%
La Chica

La Chica Blanco is a tasty silver tequila which works well in cocktails.  More info

La Chica Tequila Blanco
$16.65

Gran Maracame Platino Tequila

70cl, 38%
Maracame

A super-premium release from the Maracame brand of tequila, all of which are adorned by a beaded decoration made by the Huichol community. The Gran Maracame Platino expression is a fine blend of aged…  More info

Gran Maracame Platino Tequila
$171.14

Tequila XQ Blanco

70cl, 40%
Casa Tequila XQ

An unaged, 100% blue agave tequila from the Tequila XQ brand, presented in a particularly funky bottle. This Blanco expression is bright with agave, fruit and subtle white pepper notes. Please…  More info

Tequila XQ Blanco
$35.23

Gran Patrón Piedra Extra Añejo

70cl, 40%
Patrón

The first extra añejo tequila produced by Patrón - Piedra. It's made from 100% blue weber agave from the highlands of Jalisco. To mature this well-aged expression, they use both American and French…  More info

Gran Patrón Piedra Extra Añejo
$267.19

Sierra Milenario Tequila Blanco

70cl, 41.50%
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
$53.59

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
$51.55

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
$48.99

Arette Reposado

70cl, 38%
Arette

This corking reposado is aged for between 4 and 6 months in white oak. It is made 100% blue agave from Jalisco, and it is blended with water from Tequila mountain. This is a superb premium tequila…  More info

Arette Reposado
$28.61

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
$91.67

Arette Blanco

70cl, 38%
Arette

A silver tequila from Arette, this was launched in 2007 and is made at the El Llano distillery, which has been owned by the Orendain family since the early 20th century. This is bottled on site in…  More info

Arette Blanco
$26.75

Sauza Hornitos Añejo

70cl, 38%
Sauza

100% Blue Agave tequila aged for between 12 and 36 months in ex-Bourbon casks. Superb in a Margherita, but more than at home as a sipping tequila.  More info

Sauza Hornitos Añejo
1
$38.35

Tequila Cabeza

70cl, 43%
El Ranchito

Tequila Cabeza is distilled at the El Ranchito distillery by the Vivanco family, who have been growing agave for five generations and making tequila at their distillery for three generations. For…  More info

Tequila Cabeza
$39.36

Jose Cuervo Especial Gold

70cl, 38%
Jose Cuervo

Produced by the famous Jose Cuervo company, Especial Gold is a blend of reposado and unaged blanco Tequilas. It's a perfect choice for making Margarita cocktails, and has a mild agave flavour.  More info

Jose Cuervo Especial Gold
4
$23.52

Siete Leguas Añejo Tequila

70cl, 38%
Siete Leguas

A full bodied añejo tequila from Casa Siete (Spanish for House 7), this offers lovely agave notes and wonderful oaky flavours from 18 months of oak ageing.  More info

Siete Leguas Añejo Tequila
$56.81

Herencia Mexicana Añejo

70cl, 40%
Destileria La Fortuna

A richly well flavoured Añejo tequila from Destilería La Fortuna, made from 100% blue agave which is double distilled and matured for 3 years in ex-bourbon barrels.  More info

Herencia Mexicana Añejo
$53.02

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