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.
AquaRiva Premium Reposado is another creation from the vivacious distillery of Cleo Rocos. Fresh agave and aged for nine months as a minimum, it’s a tequila with a complex and enticing character. Lime zest, fresh leather, white pepper and fresh dough come through in the nose and lead into a similar flavour with strong black pepper added in as well as the heat of cinnamon. An exceptional tequila which has rich depth to its peppery heat, befitting its premium title.
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.
Casco Viejo Reposado Tequila is a genuine Jalisco tequila, produced by a family owned company founded all the way back in 1938. As the 4th largest tequila distillery in Mexico the quality of the product is exceptional, with many professionals involved in its production and it’s that classic strong agave flavour that comes though clearest, with warm spicy notes of black pepper coming through at the end. Refreshing and enjoyable however you drink you tequila.
Cazadores Anejo is a delicately smooth yet oaky tequila which used 100% blue agave from Los Altos. The nose is a subtle when it comes to the agave notes but you’ll definitely pick up the intensity of the oak and also vanilla. The flavour is wonderfully mellow and a great introduction to premium tequila, with only a little spice, easing you in gently. It ends abruptly but it’s those oaky flavours that linger longer than most.
Two months of maturation ensures Cazadores Reposado has a touch of colour and a hint of oak to its flavour. An ideal choice for your classic tequila cocktails or even popped over ice as an enjoyable sipping drink. It’s a wonderful choice if you’re a fan of classic tequila and though the agave doesn’t come through on the nose, it certainly does when you taste. Teamed with a woody depth, the agave comes into its own and the short end note offers for a smooth, satisfying finish.
Del Maguey single-village mezcals are very rare and highly sought-after, having picked up the title of World's Best Mezcal at the World Spirits Competition every year from 1999-2002. This bottle of Chichicapa was made in the village of the same name, and scored a hugely impressive 94 points from WIne Enthusiast.
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 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 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 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.
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.
Produced in Oaxaca, Ilegal Joven is a young Mezcal which has the distinctive flavour of roasted agave and earthy tones which help it stand out from the crowd. Its aroma are fresh and youthful, with fresh flowers, peppermint and tobacco notes all coming through. It has a complex herbal character which is softened by caramel and raisin flavours and spiced up with black pepper heat. It ends with the floral notes at the forefront.
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.
Jose Cuervo Agavero is an exceptional tequila flavoured liqueur, displayed in an unusual, memorable bottle. Blue agave reposado and anejo tequilas are blended together with essence of Damian flower to create a flavour you won’t forget. Herbal and vegetal aromas are the most prominent with light woody notes, lime zest and even asparagus come through. The flavour is sweet and mellow as you first sip but it begins to heat up, with those familiar herbal notes coming through.
Jose Cuervo Anejo 1800 is an exceptional offering for one of our favourite tequila distilleries. Aged for over a year and selective French oak casks, each bottle of this tequila has been prepared to perfection. The aroma is rich in roasted coconut, toffee and a woody floral depth. This leads into a flavour which is equally woody, with the spice coming through in the form of cracked black pepper. The end note is dry yet immensely satisfying, wonderful for sipping at leisure.
Jose Cuervo Blanco 1800 is a 100% agave tequila which rests in ex-American whisky casks and benefits from the depths of both the oak and the whiskey flavours coming through. Chargrilled vegetables and celery notes come through in the nose which then leads into a flavour which allows the agave to take centre stage. Light and delicate, the agave is surrounded by the smokiness of the vegetable flavours and a light peppering of spice. Herbaceous and rounded to the final sip.