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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.

VIVIR Tequila Añejo

70cl, 40%
VIVIR

VIVIR Tequila Añejo is made with double distilled 100% Blue Weber agave, harvested at around 12 years of age. The Tequila is then blended with local volcanic spring water and aged in bourbon casks…  More info

VIVIR Tequila Añejo
29
$48.77
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El Rayo Reposado

70cl, 40%
El Rayo

This is the Reposado expression from Tequila El Rayo, which distils 100% Blue Weber agave in 105 year old copper stills and matured for seven months in casks that previously held whiskey before being…  More info

El Rayo Reposado
9
$40.12

VIVIR Tequila Reposado

70cl, 40%
VIVIR

VIVIR Tequila Reposado is made with 100% blue weber agave, and allowed to mature in in bourbon oak casks for at least 6 months before making its way into the handsome bottles. Suitable for enjoying…  More info

VIVIR Tequila Reposado
18
$39.82
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Kah Anejo Tequila

70cl, 40%
Fabrica de Tequilas Finos

Kah Anejo Tequila is matured for 2 years in American white oak casks, before being placed into these Dia de los Muertos-inspired bottles, shaped like skulls. This one even has more skulls painted…  More info

Kah Anejo Tequila
1
$72.07

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
14
$38.79
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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
$216.31
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Kah Blanco Tequila

70cl, 40%
Fabrica de Tequilas Finos

Presented in a charming bottle inspired by the traditional Calaveras used in Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebrations in Mexico, Kah Blanco Tequila would make a haunting handsome addition to…  More info

Kah Blanco Tequila
1
$50.98

Pancho Datos Reposado Tequila

70cl, 40%
Pancho Datos

This 100% agave reposado Tequila from Pancho Datos was rested for six months in white oak barrels previously used to mature bourbon whiskey. The agave itself is allowed to age for at least six years,…  More info

Pancho Datos Reposado Tequila
29
$55.43

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
2
$29.29

1800 Silver Tequila

70cl, 38%
1800

A fabulous silver Tequila here from the 1800 range, made with 100% blue weber agave, which are harvested after ageing between eight and 12 years. The spirit is double distilled, and blended with a…  More info

1800 Silver Tequila
2
$38.84

Fortaleza Blanco Still Strength

70cl, 46%
Destileria La Fortaleza

A higher-strength variation of Fortaleza excellent Blanco Tequila. Ought to stand out very well in cocktails and mixed drinks...  More info

Fortaleza Blanco Still Strength
1
$73.95

Pancho Datos Plata Tequila

70cl, 40%
Pancho Datos

This 100% agave tequila was born out of a desire to revive the work of the great historian and poet of the Mexican Revolution, Ricardo Grijalva de León and a character he created in 1947, Pancho…  More info

Pancho Datos Plata Tequila
22
$48.21

Villa Lobos Blanco Distillation Strength

70cl, 55%
Villa Lobos

It's not all that common at all to see a Tequila bottled up at 55% ABV, but the folks from Villa Lobos have gone and done just that with Villa Lobos Blanco Distillation Strength. After distillation,…  More info

Villa Lobos Blanco Distillation Strength
2
$54.31

Sauza Tres Generaciones Reposado Tequila

70cl, 38%
Sauza

Sauza's Reposado Tequila from their premium Tres Generaciones range is a sweet, spicy spirit, triple-distilled from 100% blue agave and aged in American oak barrels for at least four months.  More info

Sauza Tres Generaciones Reposado Tequila
1
$58.76
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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
1
$29.90

Agave Thieves Tequila Añejo

50cl, 40%
Agave Thieves

Añejo Tequila from the Agave Thieves range, which interestingly is made with some Mexican botanicals to help bolster the flavour profile of the spirit. It was created with bartenders in mind, so it…  More info

Agave Thieves Tequila Añejo
3
$49.88

Código 1530 Rosa 1L

100cl, 35%
Código 1530

This is a 1 litre bottling of the fab Código 1530 Rosa Tequila, which is allowed to spend a month maturing in Napa Cabernet wine barrels. This rest imparts a subtle fruitiness to the brill Mexican…  More info

Código 1530 Rosa 1L
1
$55.43

Gran Centenario Plata

70cl, 38%
Gran Centenario

A great silver tequila, Gran Centenario is made with 10 year old agave plants which are cooked in stone ovens. This is slowly distilled and aged in oak.  More info

Gran Centenario Plata
1
$35.44
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Maestro Dobel Diamante Tequila

70cl, 40%
Maestro Dobel

A handsome premium white tequila from Maestro Dobel. This is blended from reposado, anejo and extra anejo 100% blue agave tequilas, and it is then filtered to remove the colour, whilst retaining a…  More info

Maestro Dobel Diamante Tequila
2
$54.82

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
1
$51.43

Calle 23 Reposado

70cl, 40%
Calle 23

The Reposado expression from the Calle 23 range. A 100% agave tequila which spends up to 8 months maturing in ex-bourbon casks to take on a touch of those warming, vanilla-y, subtly oak-y notes that…  More info

Calle 23 Reposado
3
$43.27

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
$43.50

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
1
$26.63

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%)
1
$32.37

Código 1530 Rosa

70cl, 35%
Código 1530

A step up from the Código 1530 Blanco, the Rosa spends a month resting in barrels that previously held Napa Cabernet wine. The result is an earthy tequila with light though bright hint of red fruit…  More info

Código 1530 Rosa
1
$55.43

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