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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
9
$16.31
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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
1
$17.34

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
2
$17.89

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
$18.36

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
$19.66

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
$21.88

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
5
$22.32

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
5
$22.44
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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
$23.31
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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
1
$23.47

Cantinero Blanco

70cl, 38%
Cantinero

A 100% agave blanco tequila produced as part of the Cantinero range. Of course, this will make for some smashing cocktails, we reckon.  More info

Cantinero Blanco
2
$23.47

El Jimador Blanco

70cl, 38%
El Jimador

A silver tequila from El Jimador, made in Jalisco from 100% agave which is bottled immediately after distillation. It boasts a classic Lowland Tequila flavour profile, crisp and fruity, and versatile…  More info

El Jimador Blanco
1
$23.66
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Cantinero Reposado

70cl, 38%
Cantinero

Reposado tequila from the Cantinero range, produced using 100% agave and matured for at least six months in American oak barrels before bottling. Rich in caramel and sweet fruit notes.  More info

Cantinero Reposado
$24.37

Ocho Reposado Tequila 2018 (El Bajio)

50cl, 40%
Ocho

Yet another single estate Tequila from the Ocho range - this time using agave from Rancho El Bajio. This one is a reposado, so expect a helping of earthy, vanilla-rich oak among the vegetal agave…  More info

Ocho Reposado Tequila 2018 (El Bajio)
$24.49

Rooster Rojo Blanco Tequila

70cl, 38%
Rooster Rojo

Fabrica de Tequilas produced and distilled this blanco Tequila using agave cooked for 10 hours in steam-powered autoclaves. After the addition of special yeast, the batch was then fermented and moved…  More info

Rooster Rojo Blanco Tequila
1
$24.49

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
5
$24.49
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Tapatio Blanco Tequila

50cl, 40%
La Altena

The Tapatio Blanco Tequila is a silver tequila that's as good as gold! (We'd like to make it clear that we're using "good as gold" as an expression, not comparing it to Joven/gold tequila. That would…  More info

Tapatio Blanco Tequila
7
$25.01
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Cazcabel Reposado

70cl, 38%
Cazcabel

Reposado tequila from the Cazcabel range, matured in American oak barrels for at least 9 months before bottling. Suitable for enjoying in cocktails and well as simply sipping neat (if this tickles…  More info

Cazcabel Reposado
3
$27.83
$25.04
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El Espolòn Blanco Tequila

70cl, 40%
Destiladora San Nicolas

Blanco tequila from Destilladora San Nicolas in Los Altos, made with 100% blue agave and bottled without ageing. The name "Espolòn" comes from the spur of the rooster's foot, an important bird in…  More info

El Espolòn Blanco Tequila
3
$25.45
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Tequila Tasting Set

15cl, 39.2%
Drinks by the Dram

Tequila, from Mexico, is a spirit produced from blue agave near the city of Tequila and surrounding areas such as the Jalisco highlands. This tasting set contains five fantastic 3cl samples of this…  More info

Tequila Tasting Set
$25.51

Pueblo Viejo Blanco

70cl, 38%
San Matias

This blanco Tequila from Pueblo Viejo is made with 100% agave at San Matias, one of the oldest distilleries in Jalisco, Mexico, over 130 years old. Bottled straight from the still, the unaged Tequila…  More info

Pueblo Viejo Blanco
1
$25.51

Batanga Tequila Blanco

70cl, 38%
Casa Orendain

Batanga blanco Tequila is produced at the Casa Orendain, which was founded all the way back in 1926! It's distilled using 100% agave, harvested from the Orendain plantation and fermented with yeast…  More info

Batanga Tequila Blanco
$25.51
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Batanga Tequila Reposado

70cl, 38%
Casa Orendain

Reposado Tequila produced as part of Casa Orendain's Batanga range. Made exclusively with agave grown on the Orendain plantation, which are then cooked in brick ovens and fermented with a…  More info

Batanga Tequila Reposado
$25.51
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Tapatio Reposado Tequila

50cl, 38%
La Altena

Kept in casks that previously held bourbon for four months, Tapatio Reposado Tequila works fantastically in cocktails and by itself.  More info

Tapatio Reposado Tequila
1
$26.21
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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
$26.59

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