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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.

Olmeca Reposado Tequila

70cl, 38%
Olmeca Tequila

Made using hand-harvested, hand-selected Agave, this reposado Tequila has rested in Oak barrels for over 1 year prior to release.  More info

Olmeca Reposado Tequila
$23.41

Casa Noble Anejo

70cl, 40%
Casa Noble

A handsome Anejo tequila from Casa Noble, aged in French white oak barrels for 2 years to develop the fruity agave, rich caramels and simmering spice notes.  More info

Casa Noble Anejo
$56.09

Don Alvaro Blanco Tequila

70cl, 40%
Don Alvaro

An organic tequila made to an old Cetto family recipe.  More info

Don Alvaro Blanco Tequila
$29.49

Fortaleza Blanco

70cl, 40%
Destileria La Fortaleza

Guillermo Sauza's family have a rich tequila-making history, with Don Cenobio a key figure in establishing tequila as we understand it today. When Guillermo was little, his grandfather sold the…  More info

Fortaleza Blanco
$65.61

La Cava Don Agustin Añejo Tequila

70cl, 38%
Tequila Supremo

A sleekly presented Añejo tequila from the Don Agustin range, produced in Jalisco using 100% agave. Having aged for at least 12 months, this Don Agustin expression has developed a depth of flavour…  More info

La Cava Don Agustin Añejo Tequila
1
$51.71

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
$60.13

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
$56.61

1800 Silver Tequila

70cl, 38%
1800

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

1800 Silver Tequila
$31.88

Jose Cuervo Tradicional Reposado

70cl, 38%
Jose Cuervo

100% agave tequila from Jose Cuervo tequila, aged shortly in white oak barrels. The peppery notes from the Silver Tradicional are dialled back in the Reposado, in their place, you'll find sweeter…  More info

Jose Cuervo Tradicional Reposado
2
$28.39

Don Angel Tequila Blanco

70cl, 38%
Don Angel

Blanco tequila from the Don Angel range, well suited to use in cocktails. Lively and vibrant with agave character, it's a simple, classically-styled unaged tequila.  More info

Don Angel Tequila Blanco
$20.74

Mejor Pink Tequila

75cl, 40%
Mejor Tequila Company

From the Mejor range comes Mejor Pink Tequila. They use their Blanco tequila and natural colouring to create this vibrant tipple. This ought to make some very brightly-coloured cocktails...  More info

Mejor Pink Tequila
$46.04

Sauza Tres Generaciones Plata Tequila

70cl, 38%
Sauza

A clean, fresh-tasting silver tequila from Sauza's premium Tres Generaciones range. This is 100% blue agave, triple distilled and very well balanced.  More info

Sauza Tres Generaciones Plata Tequila
1
$52.34

Don Fulano Reposado

70cl, 40%
Don Fulano

The Reposado tequila from artisan distillers Don Fulano is matured for 8 months in French oak barrels before it is bottled. Similar to the Blanco, it's rich and herbal, though the Reposado has…  More info

Don Fulano Reposado
$48.51

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
$36.69

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
$47.00

Herradura Directo de Alambique

70cl, 55%
Herradura

The fourth release from the Herradura Coleccion de la Casa range is the Directo de Alambique expression. This tequila has been made with 100% blue agave and fermented using natural yeast, which is…  More info

Herradura Directo de Alambique
$76.67

El Mayor Blanco Tequila

75cl, 40%
El Mayor

The El Mayor range is a selection of 100% Agave tequila from the Mexican highlands. The brand's Master Distiller is Rocolfo Gonzalez, a third generation tequila distiller. Also, the El Mayor bottles…  More info

El Mayor Blanco Tequila
$42.98

Kah Los Ultimos Dias Blanco Tequila

75cl, 55%
Fabrica de Tequilas Finos

A limited edition, higher strength Blanco Kah Tequila, bottled at 55% ABV. And when we say bottled, we of course mean it's in a bottle shaped like a FREAKIN' SKULL. The skull has been decorated with…  More info

Kah Los Ultimos Dias Blanco Tequila
$84.20

Don Julio Blanco Tequila

70cl, 38%
Don Julio

Citrussy and fresh, Don Julio's Blanco tequila was rated as "Classic" by Wine Enthusiast Magazine. This is their highest commendation, and it was awarded after their noted critic, F Paul Pacult after…  More info

Don Julio Blanco Tequila
2
$45.41

1800 Tequila Reposado

70cl, 38%
1800

After spending up to a year in oak casks, this 1800 Reposado Tequila is ready for Margaritas, Sunrises or even enjoyed neat. Beautiful golden hue to this, too.  More info

1800 Tequila Reposado
$33.74

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
$49.98

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
$32.49

Arette Gran Clase Extra Añejo

70cl, 38%
Arette

A well aged Añejo from Arette. This is aged for over 3 years in white oak and is bottled in individually numbered bottles (298 in total). They bottle this at the El Llano distillery, which has been…  More info

Arette Gran Clase Extra Añejo
$162.39

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
$54.35

Jose Cuervo Reserva de la Familia 2014

70cl, 38%
Jose Cuervo

Aged in American then French oak barrels for at least 3 years, Jose Cuervo Reserva de la Familia is a fine añejo tequila. Each year a different Mexican artist designs the presentation box and for…  More info

Jose Cuervo Reserva de la Familia 2014
$99.53

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