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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.

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
$23.56

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
$22.88

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
$52.57

Sauza Añejo Conmemorativo

70cl, 40%
Sauza

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

Sauza Añejo Conmemorativo
$26.30

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
$35.95

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
$29.54

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
$31.80

Lunazul Blanco Tequila

75cl, 40%
Lunazul

Lunazul Blanco is a simple, great-quality Tequila. It is double distilled in stills once used in Cognac production. This was awarded the awards at the 2008 and 2009 San Francisco World Spirits…  More info

Lunazul Blanco Tequila
$34.51

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
$38.02

Villa Lobos Añejo

70cl, 40%
Villa Lobos

Before the Villa Lobos Añejo spends 2 years maturing in oak casks, it is rested in steel tanks for at least 6 months, an undertaking that master distiller Carlos Camarena says gives the tequila a…  More info

Villa Lobos Añejo
1
$40.53

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
$26.30

Patrón Añejo

70cl, 40%
Patrón

An aged tequila from perhaps the best-known quality producer in Mexico. The bottle itself is a hand-made piece of art, but the contents are truly sublime.  More info

Patrón Añejo
6
$60.19

Maracame Plata Tequila

70cl, 38%
Maracame

Silver artisan Tequila made in Los Altos, featuring delicate, exotic notes of coconut and mango with classic peppery hints. The name, Maracame, is inspired by the ancient wizard or shaman of the…  More info

Maracame Plata Tequila
$56.20

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
$43.46

Casa Noble Blanco

70cl, 40%
Casa Noble

This is Casa Noble's Blanco tequila, bottled at 40% ABV. Well received by tequila fans, Casa Noble Blanco shows off plenty of earthy, roasted agave notes on the nose and palate.  More info

Casa Noble Blanco
$48.29

Lunazul Reposado

75cl, 40%
Lunazul

A Reposado tequila made with 100% agave, this is made at the Tierra de Agaves Distillery.  More info

Lunazul Reposado
$34.37

Siete Leguas Reposado Tequila

70cl, 38%
Siete Leguas

From Casa Siete, they age this reposado for 8 months in white oak barrels. With an aromatic oak on the nose, with plenty of toasty agave.  More info

Siete Leguas Reposado Tequila
$61.23

Herradura Seleccion Suprema Extra Añejo Edicion Limitada

70cl, 40%
Herradura

A super premium tequila from Herradura. Seleccion Suprema is a limited edition tequila aged in oak for 49 months.  More info

Herradura Seleccion Suprema Extra Añejo Edicion Limitada
1
$265.90

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
$69.55

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
$58.55

Herencia Mexicana Blanco Tequila

70cl, 40%
Destileria La Fortuna

Herencia Mexicana Tequila comes from the Positos Ranch in Jalisco, Mexico. It is made with 100% blue agave which have been harvested only when they have reached their peak of ripeness. Their Blanco…  More info

Herencia Mexicana Blanco Tequila
1
$54.40

1800 Silver Tequila

70cl, 38%
1800

This is a premium 100% blue agave silver Tequila from 1800.  More info

1800 Silver Tequila
$35.37

Don Julio Añejo Tequila

70cl, 38%
Don Julio

An 18 month aged tequila from Don Julio. This is aged in American white oak barrels and the result is a citrussy, fruity tequila.  More info

Don Julio Añejo Tequila
6
$60.25

Patrón Silver Limited Edition

70cl, 40%
Patrón

A limited edition presentation of the much-loved Patrón Silver, a fantastic tequila for sipping neat or enjoying in a cocktail. Comes with a rather jazzy box, this one.  More info

Patrón Silver Limited Edition
$51.92

Calle 23 Reposado

70cl, 40%
Calle 23

The Reposado expression from the Calle 23 range. A 100% agave tequila which spends up to 8 months maturing in ex-bourbon casks to take on a touch of those warming, vanilla-y, subtly oak-y notes that…  More info

Calle 23 Reposado
2
$34.86

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