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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.

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
$29.44
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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
2
$25.64

Tapatio 110 Blanco Tequila

50cl, 55%
La Altena

Tapatio Blanco Tequila - a back-bar stable, but not as you know it. This special edition of the classic tequila has been bottled at a higher strength of 110 proof (55% ABV), which has given it a…  More info

Tapatio 110 Blanco Tequila
6
$37.59
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Ocho Single Barrel - Las Aguilas Añejo - 2017 Harvest

70cl, 54%
Ocho

This Añejo Tequila from Ocho was distilled in 2017, hailing from the Las Aguilas ranch, which translates as "The Eagles". This is pretty special seeing as it's only the second time that agave has…  More info

Ocho Single Barrel - Las Aguilas Añejo - 2017 Harvest
1
$103.84

Cenote Reposado Tequila

70cl, 40%
Cenote

Master distiller Arturo Fuentes and master blender Alejandro Garcia Páez create the Cenote Tequila range using blue agave which has matured for at least 6 years. Following distillation, the Reposado…  More info

Cenote Reposado Tequila
1
$48.12
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Sierra Antiguo Añejo Tequila

70cl, 40%
Destilerias Sierra

Añejo tequila from the Sierra Antiguo range, which is made using 100% blue agave and matured for 26 months in oak casks, which has imparted colour, character and complexity to the vibrant spirits. A…  More info

Sierra Antiguo Añejo Tequila
1
$47.36

Jose Cuervo Reserva de la Familia Platino

70cl, 40%
Jose Cuervo

From Cuervo's ultra-premium super-top-drawer line of fabulous Tequilas in equally fabulous wooden boxes (just check out the The Anejo, a spirit we like to refer to as "El Tigre", but not because it…  More info

Jose Cuervo Reserva de la Familia Platino
1
$62.05

Herradura Reposado Reserva 2016 - Port Cask Finish

70cl, 40%
Herradura

An updated version of Casa Herradura's original and successful reposado release from 2012, this Port Cask Finish Reposado was launched in November 2016. Produced in Amatitán, Jalisco - the process of…  More info

Herradura Reposado Reserva 2016 - Port Cask Finish
1
$77.20
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El Sueño Tequila Gold

70cl, 38%
El Sueño

El Sueño Tequila Gold is the result of five generations' Tequila producing know-how. Such traditional knowledge of Tequila production has been coupled with a more modern focus on sustainability,…  More info

El Sueño Tequila Gold
7
$22.29

Cazcabel Blanco

70cl, 38%
Cazcabel

Cazcabel Blanco is a classically-styled tequila from Jalisco, Mexico, evidently named after a legendary medicine man known as Don Cazcabel. Rich in earthy roasted agave with citrus notes shining…  More info

Cazcabel Blanco
7
$30.27

Herradura Plata

70cl, 40%
Herradura

Produced by Casa Herradura in the Sierre-Madre mountain range, this fine Plata Tequila is aged for forty days in oak barrels before bottling. It is distilled from nothing but 100% blue agave plants…  More info

Herradura Plata
1
$43.51
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Herradura Añejo

70cl, 40%
Herradura

A very good quality Añejo from Herradura. This was introduced in 1962, and was the first commercially available tequila of its type. It also won Golds at both the coveted International Wine and…  More info

Herradura Añejo
5
$58.79

Don Fulano Blanco Fuerte

70cl, 50%
Don Fulano

A higher strength edition of the Don Fulano Blanco tequila. Sitting at 50% ABV, it's an intense, spicy expression, though it remains rich in herbal and fruity notes throughout.  More info

Don Fulano Blanco Fuerte
2
$55.44
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Avión Silver Tequila

70cl, 40%
Avión

The entry level expression from the Avión tequila range. At the 2012 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, this tequila took home an impressive pair of awards - Best Silver Tequila and Best Unaged…  More info

Avión Silver Tequila
1
$46.74

Jose Cuervo Tradicional Reposado

70cl, 38%
Jose Cuervo

100% agave tequila from Jose Cuervo tequila, aged shortly in white oak barrels. The peppery notes from the Silver Tradicional are dialled back in the Reposado, in their place, you'll find sweeter…  More info

Jose Cuervo Tradicional Reposado
2
$37.31
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Terralta Reposado

75cl, 40%
Terralta

A reposado Tequila from Terralta, made with mineral-heavy water drawn from wells 450 feet down and 100% handpicked agave. It spends 8 months in #1 light toast new American oak barrels, giving it a…  More info

Terralta Reposado
2
$48.97

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
5
$30.09

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
2
$35.13
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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
2
$33.07
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Patrón Silver

70cl, 40%
Patrón

A top quality silver Tequila from Patrón, this is fresh, crisp and very well rounded, with a touch of oak in the palate. Each bottle is signed and numbered, as well as bottled by hand.  More info

Patrón Silver
8
$49.14
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Jose Cuervo Especial Silver

70cl, 38%
Jose Cuervo

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
6
$23.97

Patrón Añejo

70cl, 40%
Patrón

An aged tequila from perhaps the best-known quality producer in Mexico. The bottle itself is a hand-made piece of art, but the contents are truly sublime.  More info

Patrón Añejo
6
$67.01

UWA Reposado Tequila

70cl, 40%
UWA

This is a super premium, triple distilled, 100% blue weber agave reposado Tequila, which was diluted to 40% ABV using volcanic spring water. But none of that is what truly makes this beauty stand…  More info

UWA Reposado Tequila
8
$47.98
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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
2
$30.94
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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
1
$27.87

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