Tequila is a type of Mezcal that is made from the heart of the blue agave plant. To be classed as Tequila, it must be within the state of Jalisco and limited regions in the states of Guanajuato, Michoacan, Nayarit and Tampualipas, anything distilled out of these regions are classed as Mezcal.
AquaRiva Blanco is a crystal clear nectar packed full with the warm, sharp flavour of a classic tequila. The brand is owned and promoted by the once household name Cleo Rocos and is a sweetly spiced yet punchy offering. On opening you’re hit with a bouquet of flavours from fresh leather to salt to spicy pepper and sage. On tasting the salty flavour remains and is supported by a faint nuttiness, lime zest and overall, that peppery spice coming through strong. This is one hot tamale, as tequilas go.
Maturing in white oak barrels for up to 18 months gives Arette Anejo its recognisable flavour. Luminously golden, each glass of Arette Anejo is steeped in sweetness and smoothness which makes it enjoyable whether youmix it or enjoy it neat. Aromatic and awash with the wonderful sweetness of 100% blue agave, Arette Anejo has pepperiness which keeps you sipping and deliciously light vanilla notes tempting you to have just one more glass.
Arette Blanco is a premium silver tequila, launched in 2007 and highly thought of on the drinks scene. Bottled on site in Jalisco and made of 100% agave, Arette Blanco is an exceptional silver tequila full of fresh flavours, spicy hints and a cheeky character in which you can pick out each single flavour note. Great body and wonderful for sipping or mixing into a wide range of different cocktails and long drinks.
The Añejo is aged for 14 months. It is refined and complex, with flavours of soft caramel and vanilla. A perfect balance of sweetness from the blue weber agaves, with subtle spice from the oak barrel ageing and a long, smooth finish.
Tequila inspired by the beauty of Mexico's Yucatan peninsula. Cenote's Blanco is a fresh, citrusy tequila with notes of fresh fruits, pepper, green vegetables, cooked agave and a hint of wood. This is a smooth sipper and a great cocktail ingredient.
Cenote's citrusy, peppery tequila gets delicious vanilla notes in this Reposado, thanks to its three month spell in American oak barrels. This range of tequila is inspired by the spectacular underground freshwater pools in Mexico's Yucatan peninsula, known as Cenotes, which were regarded as sacred by the ancient Mayan people.
An unbelievably good Reposado tequila, made from Organic agaves which are grown for over 9 years before slow cooking in traditional ovens. The fermentation is done using the company's secret blend of yeasts, and then comes distillation followed by triple filtration. It is aged in very fine oak barrels, and is bottled in these tall, handsome decanters which are hand-painted and numbered by local artisans. Clase Azul's incredible Reposado has been awarded Gold medals by the Beverage Testing Institute and the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
Don Fulano Anejo tequila is free of added sugar, colours or any additional ingredients. It’s a pure and intense agave based flavour that simply allows its warm spicy character to come from its terroir. Subtle fudge notes with hints of chocolate are paired with warmed banana and coffee beans. It’s dry compared to other tequilas but ultimately enjoyable and a wonderful choice for sipping and enjoying after dinner. An ageing experience of nearly three years helps ensure depth in this Don Fulano offering.
Don Fulano tequilas are stylish, contemporary in design and more than deserving of a spot in your drinks cabinet. Fruitful in style and character, this is a light and elegant tequila which hides many wonderful flavours in its crystal clear appearance. Cooked agave is fully released with notes of creamy butterscotch and sharp, bitter olives. The spicing is balanced against fresh citrus and the creamy notes, ensuring an elegant and wonderfully crafted silver tequila.
Don Fulano Reposado is another stylish offering from the distillery who do things a little differently. It has similar characteristics to the blanco with rich, herbal freshness. However, the time spent developing means this reposado has notes of bitter dark chocolate and warming maple added into the mix. A sharp boost of peppery spice also lifts this tequila, though it still remains wonderfully fruity and intensely herbal.
Don Julio Anejo 1942 spends up to two and half year ageing, nearly enough to be classed as extra anejo. It’s stilled in a single pot still and has the wonderful spiced aromas of cinnamon, sweet agave, vanilla and interesting Turkish delight. The taste is deep with cinder toffee notes, the continual flavour of the agave and bursts of sweet, zesty citrus. Dry and nutty the finish is long with notes of smoke.
Don Julio Anejo is another exceptional offering from the recognisable tequila distillery. This product spends up to 2 years in former bourbon casks, giving it a deep golden appearance. The flavour is rich with zest, both grapefruit and lime coming through strongly in the nose with lighter hints of marzipan and tea. The flavour is candy sweet with a honey-like viscosity and a reappearance of those tea flavours, now paired with that classic tequila flavour of charred vegetables. Tannins with a tea-like edge end the drink in memorable style.
Don Julio Reposado Tequila is a 100% agave offering which spends eight months maturing in bourbon casks. It has a depth of flavour which is largely down to this maturation process and both almond and coconut notes come through alongside subtle spice and creamy vanilla in the nose. On tasting you’ll enjoy a biscuity depth with notes of sweet orchard fruits, cinnamon and white pepper which hangs around until the end.
Bottled straight from distillation, El Jimador is a crystal clear blanco tequila and named for the skilled men who select and harvest the agave that gives it its flavour. First introduced in 1994, El Jimador Blanco is a sweet vegetal smelling tequila which also offers up notes of fresh balsa wood. These aromas merge into flavours of pine freshness, sweet agave and notes of citrus. The peppery heat comes through in the finish and reminds you it’s a genuine Mexican tequila you’re drinking.
El Jimador Reposado is made from mature blue agave and spends two months resting in American oak barrels. Golden hues escape from the bottle thanks to this process and the flavour mellow yet rich with toasted agave at the forefront. Almond, vanilla and baking spices create an aroma to draw you in and then they also prop up the agave flavour with additional sweetness. Smokiness comes through at the end and is a welcome addition to the sweetness.
Cristalino is a relatively new innovation in Tequila. Effectively it's similar in method to aged white rum, where aged spirit is filtered to remove the colour. Aged for a year in American oak, this añejo is rich in flavours of vanilla and coconut. .
Produced by a fourth-generation master distiller in Oaxaca, this mescal, uniquely, has damiana added to it. Damiana is a Mexican herb, once revered by the Aztecs, which has a (scientifically unproven) reputation for its mood-elevating and aphrodisiac properties.
Less smoky than standard mescal, this is a sweet, floral spirit with an undercurrent of bitter herb and savoury notes.
Gran Centenario Anejo spends 18 months maturing in American oak barrels and despite a light flavour you’ll definitely be able to pick out those toasty wood notes. Wonderfully enjoyed over ice or as a shooter, Gran Centenario Anejo allows the taste of cooked agave to take centre stage. An earthy depth and cinnamon spice add to the character of this tequila and the flavour builds to a hot, spicy end which is intensely satisfying.
It’s a 10 year ageing process which ensures Gran Centenario Plata is a silver tequila with depth and standout characteristics which make it memorable. It’s the ageing which gives this tequila a stand out oakiness to its character, enjoyable and different. It’s slightly viscous on the palate but enjoyable so and has just a small hint of welcome peppery spice. Perfectly paired with herbal liqueurs and delicate cocktails. Smoother than your average silver tequila.
Gran Centenario Reposado is one of a range of classic and enjoyable tequilas from the top distillery. Sweet and floral on the nose with a little spice, the agave comes through in the flavour with warming hints of caramel and cinnamon. It’s classic in its flavour and any fan of tequila will enjoy mixing, sipping or slamming Gran Centenario Reposado. Spice lingers on after you’ve finished drinking, making this a particularly memorable tequila.
This 100% agave Herradura Anejo is one of the first and most popular anejo tequilas that Mexico has to offer. 24-25 months of ageing ensure the depth of colour and adds a hint of oak to the flavour. The nose is typical of a quality tequila, rich in stewed vegetables, leather and vanilla. The spice comes through in the flavour which is wonderfully balanced, allowing the vanilla and oak to marry with cinnamon spice and light notes of black pepper.
Herradura Blanco is a smooth silver tequila, aged for just 45 days and offering up a welcome cleanliness on the palate. The ageing means that there’s a hint of oak in the flavour but its key note are refreshing agave which is enhanced by tangy citrus. The strength of the agave flavour makes this a fantastic choice for your next margarita and the light heat underlying the key flavours is a wonderful reminder of the quality of this tequila.
Herradura Reposado was launched in 1974 and the recipe has stayed the same ever since. One of the world’s first commercial reposado tequilas, the flavour benefits from 11 months ageing in oak casks. The aroma has an enticing note of cider, sweet apples, vanilla and cinnamon. This heady concoction is built upon as you sip with full bodied caramel, chocolate, nutty almonds and black pepper coming through. It’s the nutty notes that linger until the end.
Believed to be one of the first extra anejo tequilas invented Herradura Suprema spends 49 month maturing in American oak casks. This gives it notably different flavours and characteristics when compared to other anejos. A mellow vanilla floods the nose and has other sweet notes including chocolate, honeyed apple and hot cinnamon spice. The flavour is rich in vanilla too with the apple notes remaining and toffee coming through, leading to a long bitter finish.
Ilegal Anejo spends time in both French and American oak casks, delivering a unique flavour profile which you’ll definitely enjoy. A truly premium tequila, maple, clove and bittersweet orange come through in the aroma and lead to roasted sweet agave and chocolate on the palate. Very rounded, full-bodied and rich for a tequila, this is one you will want to sip and savour.
Ilegal Reposado is a 100% agave mezcal-style tequila which has the rich, sweet flavour of roasted agave. The aroma is thick with smoke and woody notes, peppered with notes of chilli and a flavour which is massively hot and spicy yet somehow creamy in the mouth. Buttery notes meld with vegetal sweetness to offer a combination you wouldn’t expect to work, but it does! That smoky flavour never fades and enhances every other flavour.