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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.

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
$16.71

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
$16.86

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
1
$17.53

Bambarria Blanco Tequila

70cl, 38%
Bambarria

A hot, peppery tequila, made with 100% blue agave in Mexico. We love the bright, lively flavours and we also really love the label featuring an eagle flying, claws outstretched, towards a snake…  More info

Bambarria Blanco Tequila
$18.93

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
2
$19.73

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
$20.18

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
$20.37

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
3
$20.43

Tequila San José Silver

70cl, 35%
Tequila San José

San Jose is a city in California, although presumably this spirit is named after San José del Cabo in Mexico. It's bottled at 35% abv.  More info

Tequila San José Silver
$20.54

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
$20.80

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
$20.83

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
$20.83

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
$20.88

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
$21.13

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
$21.38

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
$21.42

Ocho Blanco Tequila 2015 (La Latilla)

50cl, 40%
Ocho

A blanco single estate tequila produced for Ocho's selection, using agave plants which were grown at Rancho La Latilla. The resulting tequila is richly herbaceous, with touches of roasted fruit and…  More info

Ocho Blanco Tequila 2015 (La Latilla)
1
$21.71

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
$21.83

Climax Joven Tequila

70cl, 38%
Hacienda de Oro

A bottle of Climax Joven tequila, presented in a fairly snazzy bottle. Should work well in cocktails and wouldn't look out of place in a trendy bar.  More info

Climax Joven Tequila
$21.83

Ocho Reposado Tequila 2012 (El Refugio)

50cl, 40%
Ocho

Rested in oak casks for a number of months, this is a single estate tequila from El Refugio.  More info

Ocho Reposado Tequila 2012 (El Refugio)
$21.92

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
$22.29

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
$22.31

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 bottles. It is stunningly smooth with notes of cooked agave, vanilla and…  More info

El Jimador Reposado
$22.31

Jose Cuervo Tradicional (50cl)

50cl, 38%
Jose Cuervo

A less well known tequila from Cuervo, Tradicional is a reposado, matured in white oak barrels.  More info

Jose Cuervo Tradicional (50cl)
2
$22.32

Casco Viejo Reposado Tequila

70cl, 38%
Casco Viejo

The Casco Viejo Reposado Tequila is made in Jalisco by a family owned company, started by Don Jose Agustin Camarena in 1938. The company has been passed down through the family, ensuring respect for…  More info

Casco Viejo Reposado Tequila
$22.41

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