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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.

Casamigos Añejo Tequila

70cl, 40%
Casamigos

From the Casamigos range (which we believe means 'house of friends') comes an Añejo tequila, which has spent 14 months ageing in American white oak casks. This maturation has resulted in a tequila…  More info

Casamigos Añejo Tequila
1
$71.71

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
$22.33

Calle 23 Añejo

70cl, 40%
Calle 23

Calle 23 Añejo is distilled in the Los Altos region of Jalisco, using 100% agave, and spends 16 months resting in ex-bourbon barrels. The result is well-flavoured, with plenty of the vanilla…  More info

Calle 23 Añejo
1
$37.91

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
$28.36

Gran Patrón Burdeos Añejo

70cl, 40%
Patrón

'Burdeos' is the Spanish for Bordeaux, as this handcrafted super-premium tequila is aged in Bordeaux casks. Prior to the final distillation however, it has already spent a year in American and Frenck…  More info

Gran Patrón Burdeos Añejo
3
$541.28

Hijos de Villa Tequila Reposado Pistol

20cl, 38%
Licores Veracruz

Dun da-da-da-da dun dun dun dun, dun da-da-da-da dun dun dun… It's James Bond, and he's roaring drunk! Wait a second, that's not a real gun!This set contains a pistol-shaped 20cl bottle of beautiful…  More info

Hijos de Villa Tequila Reposado Pistol
$31.70

Tapatio Excelencia Gran Reserva Extra Añejo

100cl, 40%
La Altena

Holy smokes! This Tapatio tequila is incredible! The Tapatio Excelencia Gran Reserva Extra Añejo is matured for around four years. A combination of casks are used, depending on the batch, including…  More info

Tapatio Excelencia Gran Reserva Extra Añejo
2
$186.44

Cabrito Tequila Blanco

70cl, 38%
Tequila Cabrito

A great mixing tequila, made from 100% agave. Cabrito Blanco is slightly sweet with hints of green tea and caramel. This is produced in Arandas in the Jalisco region.  More info

Cabrito Tequila Blanco
$32.37

Tequila XQ Reposado

70cl, 40%
Hacienda de Oro

Tequila XQ Reposado comes in a curiously-shaped bottle, the likes of which we're not sure we've seen before. Not only that, Tequila XQ Reposado is triple distilled and matured in not one, not two but…  More info

Tequila XQ Reposado
$41.64

Cabrito Tequila Reposado

70cl, 38%
Tequila Cabrito

A 100% agave tequila from Arandas, Jalisco, which is aged before it's bottled to impart subtle touches of oak and caramel. A good choice for flavoursome margaritas.  More info

Cabrito Tequila Reposado
$33.76

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
$42.22

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
$144.95

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
$43.33

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
$68.84

Sauza Hornitos Reposado

70cl, 38%
Sauza

100% agave tequila from one of the most consistent producers in Mexico.  More info

Sauza Hornitos Reposado
2
$29.16

Herradura Reposado

70cl, 40%
Herradura

This delectable Reposado Tequila is aged for 11 months. It was introduced in 1974, and is the first commercially available reposado tequila. It even won a Double Gold at the 2006 San Francisco World…  More info

Herradura Reposado
4
$45.60

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
$25.30

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
$23.81

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
$52.41

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
$53.93

Bambarria Reposado Tequila

70cl, 38%
Bambarria

This is the Reposado tequila from the Bambarria brand, made with 100% agave. A good value tequila, with a rather striking bottle that features not only an eagle with its claws outstretched, but also…  More info

Bambarria Reposado Tequila
$23.49

Casamigos Reposado Tequila

70cl, 40%
Casamigos

This is a Reposado Tequila from the Casamigos range, created by George Clooney (off of the movies) and Rande Gerber. After spending 7 months in American white oak casks, this tequila has taken on…  More info

Casamigos Reposado Tequila
1
$64.82

Sauza Tres Generaciones Reposado Tequila

70cl, 38%
Sauza

Sauza's Reposado Tequila from their premium Tres Generaciones range is a sweet, spicy spirit, triple-distilled from 100% blue agave and aged in American oak barrels for at least four months.  More info

Sauza Tres Generaciones Reposado Tequila
2
$60.30

Sierra Tequila Silver

70cl, 38%
Destilerias Sierra

A well-loved tequila brand, Sierra Tequila is just the ticket for Margaritas and other classic tequila serves. It even comes with its own tiny sombrero.  More info

Sierra Tequila Silver
$22.84

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
2
$65.85

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