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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.

Montezuma White Tequila

70cl, 38%
Montezuma

Produced by the Montezuma company, this is a Blanco Tequila with a crisp tangy palate. It's great value for money and will work very nicely in cocktails.  More info

Montezuma White Tequila
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$17.50
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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
$18.59

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
$18.59

La Chica Tequila Blanco

70cl, 38%
La Chica

La Chica Blanco is a tasty silver tequila which works well in cocktails.  More info

La Chica Tequila Blanco
$19.20
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Maverick Tequila

70cl, 38%
La Cofradia

Produced in Jalisco, Mexico, this traditional double distilled tequila is best enjoyed by those who don't play by the rules (but by Christ they get results), either neat or in a cocktail. I once…  More info

Maverick Tequila
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$19.70
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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
$20.33
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Sauza Tequila Silver

70cl, 38%
Sauza

Unaged tequila, made from blue agave by Sauza, which was founded by Don Cenobio Sauza, one of the earliest distillers of tequila. He created the Sauza distillery all the way back in 1873. A clean,…  More info

Sauza Tequila Silver
$20.83

Maverick Reposado Tequila

70cl, 38%
La Cofradia

Oh look, it's a Reposado offering of tequila for the Maverick range, one of Jake's favourites (apparently he once enjoyed some Maverick Tequila in a pub in Darlington, which he enjoys telling us…  More info

Maverick Reposado Tequila
$21.09

Jose Cuervo Especial Gold

70cl, 38%
Jose Cuervo

Produced by the famous Jose Cuervo company, Especial Gold is a blend of reposado and unaged blanco Tequilas. It's a perfect choice for making Margarita cocktails, and has a mild agave flavour.  More info

Jose Cuervo Especial Gold
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$21.20
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Sierra Tequila Reposado (50cl)

50cl, 38%
Destilerias Sierra

This is a 50cl bottle of Sierra's Reposado - a good value-for-money tequila. It even comes with a tiny plastic sombrero. It's unlikely that it will fit you, but it might fit a budgie or leopard gecko.  More info

Sierra Tequila Reposado (50cl)
$21.88

Viva Mexico Reposado Tequila

70cl, 38%
Feliciano Vivanco

A good value-for-money reposado Tequila from the Viva Mexico range, produced by Feliciano Vivanco. Rather flavoursome stuff, and should give your cocktails a hearty whack of aged agave awesomeness.  More info

Viva Mexico Reposado Tequila
$21.88

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
$22.23
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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
$23.03

Jose Cuervo Especial Silver

70cl, 38%
Jose Cuervo

¡Ay, caramba! An unaged tequila from the most popular tequila brand in the world! Perfect in cocktails such as the famous Margarita!  More info

Jose Cuervo Especial Silver
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$23.19
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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
$23.48

Tequila Exquisito Blanco

70cl, 40%
Hacienda de Oro

Tequila Exquisito Blanco is an easy-going tequila, well suited for all your tequila-cocktail-making-needs. If you were wondering, yes, we do believe "Exquisito" translates to "exquisite" in English.  More info

Tequila Exquisito Blanco
$23.48
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Sauza Hornitos Reposado

70cl, 38%
Sauza

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

Sauza Hornitos Reposado
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$23.49
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Ocho Reposado Tequila 2016 (Puerta del Aire)

50cl, 40%
Ocho

Here's the Reposado tequila from Ocho's 2016 harvest, which took place at Rancho Puerta del Aire. Light, elegant and enjoyably zesty.  More info

Ocho Reposado Tequila 2016 (Puerta del Aire)
$24.00
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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
$24.08
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Viva Mexico Blanco Tequila

70cl, 38%
Feliciano Vivanco

The entry level expression from Feliciano Vivanco's Viva Mexico range. Tasty blanco Tequila, great for using in cocktails and the like.  More info

Viva Mexico Blanco Tequila
$24.08

Sauza Tequila Gold

70cl, 38%
Sauza

Perfect for tequila-based cocktails, Sauza Tequila Gold features bright, fresh notes of agave, cracked black pepper and a touch of citrus, with a little hint of caramel along the way. Don't forget to…  More info

Sauza Tequila Gold
$24.28
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El Jimador Blanco

70cl, 38%
El Jimador

A silver tequila from El Jimador, this is bottled immediately after distillation, the result is crisp, fruity and great in cocktails.  More info

El Jimador Blanco
$24.50
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El Jimador Reposado

70cl, 38%
El Jimador

Allow us to introduce Mexico's bestselling tequila… El Jimador Reposado is aged for 2 months in White Oak barrels before bottling. It is stunningly smooth with notes of cooked agave, vanilla and…  More info

El Jimador Reposado
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$24.64
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Casco Viejo Blanco Tequila

70cl, 38%
Casco Viejo

Blanco tequila from Casco Viejo, a family owned company which was started by Don Jose Agustin Camarena in 1938. Made with 100% agave. With classic peppery, fruity, herbal notes rippling through it,…  More info

Casco Viejo Blanco Tequila
$24.64
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Sierra Tequila Reposado

70cl, 38%
Destilerias Sierra

Reposado tequila from the immensely popular Sierra brand, complete with tiny gold-coloured plastic sombrero.  More info

Sierra Tequila Reposado
$25.02
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