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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.

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

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$25.80

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
$25.80
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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
$25.80
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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
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$26.51
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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
$26.90

Reserva del Señor Blanco

70cl, 38%
Reserva del Señor

It's a blanco Tequila from Reserva del Señor, a range of agave-based deliciousness that dates all the way back to the 1940s. Interestingly, despite being a blanco expression, it was allowed to rest…  More info

Reserva del Señor Blanco
$27.39

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
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$27.66
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La Cava de Don Agustin Blanco Tequila

70cl, 38%
Tequila Supremo

Unaged tequila from the Don Agustin range, produced in Jalisco. Made from 100% agave and not even shown a barrel before it was bottled, this tequila would feel right at home at the centre of your…  More info

La Cava de Don Agustin Blanco Tequila
$27.66
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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
$27.88

Cabrito Tequila Blanco (40%)

70cl, 40%
Tequila Cabrito

Blanco tequila produced in Arandas in the Jalisco region, made using 100% agave. There's a goat on the label. It's looking at you expectantly.  More info

Cabrito Tequila Blanco (40%)
$28.45

Ollitas Blanco

70cl, 38%
Ollitas

A great value-for-money tequila from the Ollitas range, made with 100% agave. Will work very well in cocktails and mixed drinks, but it is quite enjoyably simply sipped neat too!  More info

Ollitas Blanco
$28.57

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
$28.58
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Cabrito Tequila Reposado (40%)

70cl, 40%
Tequila Cabrito

The Reposado expression from Cabrito Tequila, bottled at 40% ABV. The goat on the label seems pretty chill, which is nice. Sweet beard, too.  More info

Cabrito Tequila Reposado (40%)
$28.97
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Lunazul Blanco

75cl, 40%
Lunazul

Lunazul Blanco is a simple, great-quality Tequila. It is double distilled in stills once used in Cognac production.  More info

Lunazul Blanco
$32.32
$29.09
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El Jimador Añejo

70cl, 38%
El Jimador

A wonderful Añejo tequila from bestselling Mexican brand El Jimador, produced at Casa Herradura in the valley of Jalisco. It’s made from 100% Blue Weber agave, and is then aged for a year in toasted…  More info

El Jimador Añejo
$29.09
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Lunazul Reposado

70cl, 40%
Lunazul

Lunazul's Reposado is made at the Tierre de Agaves distillery. It is distilled from 100% blue agave.  More info

Lunazul Reposado
$32.84
$29.56
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Ollitas Reposado

70cl, 38%
Ollitas

The Reposado expression from the Ollitas tequila range spends at least six months maturing in American white oak barrels before being bottled. Made with 100% agave using traditional methods, this…  More info

Ollitas Reposado
$29.82

Tequila 30-30 Blanco

70cl, 40%
30-30

This blanco tequila from 30-30 was double-distilled using 100% agave in the picturesque Capilla de Guadalupe situated in the highlands of Jalisco, Mexico.  More info

Tequila 30-30 Blanco
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$29.82

Rooster Rojo Añejo Tequila

70cl, 38%
Rooster Rojo

This añejo Tequila was made with blue agave, using the Fabrica de Tequilas method of cooking the piña with steam in autoclaves for 10 hours. A special yeast is added to the agave juices prior to…  More info

Rooster Rojo Añejo Tequila
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$29.95

Salitos Silver

70cl, 38%
Salitos

Here we have the unaged Silver expression from Salitos! The fresh, grassy Tequila is produced from Blue Weber agave after they've grown to maturity at eight years old, which is then fermented and…  More info

Salitos Silver
$29.95

Tres Sombreros Blanco

70cl, 38%
Tres Sombreros

Tres Sombreros, the tequila with three sombreros on the bottle.  More info

Tres Sombreros Blanco
$30.13
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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
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$30.33
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Arette Reposado

70cl, 38%
Arette

This corking reposado is aged for between 4 and 6 months in white oak. It is made 100% blue agave from Jalisco, and it is blended with water from Tequila mountain. This is a superb premium tequila…  More info

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$30.33
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VIVIR Tequila Blanco

70cl, 40%
VIVIR

Made with 100% Blue Weber agave at the distillery in Jalisco, VIVIR's Blanco Tequila is double distilled and blended with local water from a volcanic spring. A wonderfully smooth Tequila that would…  More info

VIVIR Tequila Blanco
5
$36.15
$30.73

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
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$30.85
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