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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.

Hijos de Villa Tequila Blanco Pistol

20cl, 40%
Licores Veracruz

You're thinking, did I have 5 Tequila Slammers, or 6? You gotta ask yourself one question: "Do I feel lucky?" Well do ya, punk?'This handsome set is the perfect gift for any tequila fan! It contains…  More info

Hijos de Villa Tequila Blanco Pistol
$36.38

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
$54.83

Tapatio Añejo Tequila

50cl, 38%
La Altena

A quality 100% blue agave Mexican tequila that's double distilled to the desired strength and then bottled without the need for any water to be added!  More info

Tapatio Añejo Tequila
$37.40

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
$32.02

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
$102.60

Don Julio Reposado Tequila

70cl, 38%
Don Julio

Smooth and balanced reposado tequila from Don Julio, aged for just under a year in bourbon barrels.  More info

Don Julio Reposado Tequila
3
$57.14

Bambarria Blanco Tequila

70cl, 38%
Bambarria

A hot, peppery tequila, made with 100% blue agave in Mexico. We love the bright, lively flavours and we also really love the label featuring an eagle flying, claws outstretched, towards a snake…  More info

Bambarria Blanco Tequila
$21.10

Tres Josés Tequila Reposado

70cl, 40%
Tierra de Agaves

A Reposado tequila from the Tres Josés range, created with agave from the Beckmann family estate and crafted by Master Distiller José Fernández.  More info

Tres Josés Tequila Reposado
$34.33

Sierra Milenario Tequila Extra Añejo

70cl, 41.50%
Destilerias Sierra

An extra añejo tequila from the Sierra Milenario range, made with 100% agave and aged for three years in durmast oak casks. Boundless notes of oak-y spice, rich fruit and roasted agave shine through…  More info

Sierra Milenario Tequila Extra Añejo
$67.33

El Torito Silver

70cl, 35%
Polini Group S.r.I

An unaged El Torito Tequila, which was made in Mexico. Perfect for a Paloma, just make sure you've got enough fresh grapefruit juice!  More info

El Torito Silver
$18.79

El Jimador Añejo

70cl, 38%
El Jimador

An Añejo tequila from bestselling Mexican brand El Jimador, this is aged for a year in toasted white oak barrels. It offers sweet vanilla and toffee flavours with plenty of spice. Delicious!  More info

El Jimador Añejo
$31.16

Gran Centenario Anejo

70cl, 38%
Gran Centenario

A beautiful añejo from Gran Centenario made with 100% Blue Agave. It is aged for 18 months in American oak barrels.  More info

Gran Centenario Anejo
1
$51.87

Patrón Silver

70cl, 40%
Patrón

A top quality silver tequila from Patrón, this is fresh, crisp and very well rounded, with a touch of oak in the palate. Each bottle is signed and numbered, as well as bottled by hand.  More info

Patrón Silver
3
$50.48

Clase Azul Reposado

70cl, 40%
Clase Azul

An unbelievably good Reposado tequila, made from Organic agaves which are grown for over 9 years before slow cooking in traditional ovens. The fermentation is done using the company's secret blend of…  More info

Clase Azul Reposado
3
$167.25

Cazcabel Blanco

70cl, 38%
Cazcabel

Cazcabel Blanco is a classically-styled tequila from Jalisco, Mexico, evidently named after a legendary medicine man known as Don Cazcabel. Rich in earthy roasted agave with citrus notes shining…  More info

Cazcabel Blanco
$29.35

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
$23.88

Don Angel Oro Tequila

70cl, 38%
Don Angel

Gold tequila from the Don Angel range, likely to be used in a number of tequila-based cocktails on summer evenings.  More info

Don Angel Oro Tequila
$23.19

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
$53.14

Sauza Añejo Conmemorativo

70cl, 40%
Sauza

Super-premium tequila without the super-premium price tag.  More info

Sauza Añejo Conmemorativo
$26.66

Tapatio 110 Blanco Tequila

50cl, 55%
La Altena

Tapatio Blanco Tequila - a back-bar stable, but not as you know it. This special edition of the classic tequila has been bottled at a higher strength of 110 proof (55% ABV), which has given it a…  More info

Tapatio 110 Blanco Tequila
3
$36.43

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
$29.94

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
$23.22

Tequila Chamucos Añejo

70cl, 40%
Tequila Chamucos

An aged Tequila from Chamucos, with arguably the best packaging we've ever seen for a Tequila! This stuff was rested in white oak for 18 months, and it has a sweet, smooth flavour with notes of…  More info

Tequila Chamucos Añejo
1
$71.50

Ocho Blanco Tequila 2014 (La Magueyera)

50cl, 40%
Ocho

Blanco tequila from the wonderful Ocho range, which gives light to the terroir of their agave, by sourcing it from a number of different 'ranchos'. This one comes from La Magueyera and was released…  More info

Ocho Blanco Tequila 2014 (La Magueyera)
$24.20

AquaRiva Blanco

70cl, 38%
AquaRiva

Produced with nothing but 100% Blue Weber Agave, AquaRiva's Blanco is a deliciously flavoursome silver tequila, made with agave and water from the Jalisco highlands. Try it in cocktails - it makes a…  More info

AquaRiva Blanco
$26.66

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