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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 Altos Añejo

70cl, 40%
Olmeca Tequila

Olmeca launched their Altos Añejo Tequila in mid-2016, adding to the range's Plata and Resposado expressions. They age this tequila for 18 months in oak casks before bottling, making it well-suited…  More info

Olmeca Altos Añejo
1
$38.01

El Torito Tequila Gold

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

A simple gold tequila from the El Torito range, good for cocktails and mixed drinks. El Torito means "The Bull", and as such it's got a rather energetic-looking bull on the label.  More info

El Torito Tequila Gold
$18.47

Avión Añejo Tequila

70cl, 40%
Avión

Añejo tequila from the Avión range, founded by Ken Austin and made with the Lopez family in Jesus Maria - 100% of the agave used in Avión comes from Jesus Maria! The Añejo is matured for two years…  More info

Avión Añejo Tequila
$49.84

Villa Lobos Reposado

70cl, 40%
Villa Lobos

Villa Lobos Reposado tequila from Carlos Camarena, the mind behind other favourites like Tapatio and Ocho Tequila. The Villa Lobos range spend at least 6 months resting in tanks before being aged in…  More info

Villa Lobos Reposado
2
$36.34
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Padre Azul Añejo Tequila

70cl, 38%
Padre Azul

Here we have the Añejo expression from Padre Azul! The Tequila is double distilled from lowland Blue Weber agave, and left to mature in bourbon barrels for at least 18 months before bottling. The…  More info

Padre Azul Añejo Tequila
$111.04

1800 Silver Tequila

70cl, 38%
1800

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

1800 Silver Tequila
2
$33.25
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Rey Sol

70cl, 38%
San Matias

Rey Sol is a spectacular extra añejo Tequila from San Matias, made with agave plants that have aged for 7 to 10 years before being harvested. The Tequila itself is matured for 6 years, and presented…  More info

Rey Sol
1
$200.53

Pasote Blanco

75cl, 40%
Pasote Tequila

Made from pure blue agave, Pasote Blanco tequila is bottled immediately after distillation, and looks as good as it tastes. The steely silver spirit is showcased in a clear bottle and makes for some…  More info

Pasote Blanco
$43.20

Gran Centenario Reposado

70cl, 38%
Gran Centenario

Great reposado Tequila aged for around 6 months in white oak. It is well balanced, and made using agave from plants which were at least 10 years old.  More info

Gran Centenario Reposado
5
$35.83

Corralejo Blanco

70cl, 38%
Tequila Corralejo

Unaged tequila from Corralejo in Mexico. Bottled after it has come from their copper pot still, this Blanco is referred to as "The Truth" by Don Leonardo, founder of Corralejo as it truly captures…  More info

Corralejo Blanco
1
$27.51
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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
6
$22.58
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Casa Noble Reposado

70cl, 40%
Casa Noble

A reposado tequila from the Casa Noble range, aged for exactly 364 days - one more day and this would have been legally considered an anejo tequila. It matures in French white oak barrels, imparting…  More info

Casa Noble Reposado
1
$64.41
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Rooster Rojo Reposado Tequila

70cl, 38%
Rooster Rojo

Produced and distilled in the heart of Tequila, Mexico, by Fabrica de Tequilas, this reposado was made with blue agave that was cooked in autoclaves using steam for 10 hours. A special yeast is then…  More info

Rooster Rojo Reposado Tequila
$27.72

Padre Azul Reposado Tequila

70cl, 38%
Padre Azul

Padre Azul Reposado is distilled from agave which is cooked slowly at low temperatures, meaning that it keeps more of those sweeter notes. After a double distillation, it's matured in oak bourbon…  More info

Padre Azul Reposado Tequila
$93.55

Jose Cuervo Tradicional Silver

70cl, 38%
Jose Cuervo

A 100% agave, unaged tequila from the classic stable of Jose Cuervo. Excellent entry level stuff, great for cocktails but with enough character to enjoy neat.  More info

Jose Cuervo Tradicional Silver
1
$30.69
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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
2
$44.05
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Ocho Extra Añejo 2014 (La Magueyera)

70cl, 40%
Ocho

Well-aged tequila from the Ocho selection, produced using agave from the La Magueyera estate harvested back in 2014. Incredible stuff - definitely one for sipping slowly and enjoying.  More info

Ocho Extra Añejo 2014 (La Magueyera)
$86.90
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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
1
$30.17
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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
2
$52.60
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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
$34.60
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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
$28.43
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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
3
$30.81
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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
$33.11
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La Chica Tequila Gold

70cl, 38%
La Chica

A lovely Gold tequila from La Chica, made for cocktails, and itching to be shaken up into a tasty Margarita!  More info

La Chica Tequila Gold
$19.49
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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
3
$27.39
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