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Agave

Agave is the plant that is used to make Mezcal and Tequila. We'll talk about Sotol here as well, but technically the sotol plant is not agave.

 

These Mexican spirits are made by taking the heart of the desert plants, baking them, then fermenting and distilling the sugars in the shredded pulp. While some people tend to use these spirits for shots, they are a wonderfully complex drink, meant for sipping.

 

Mezcal uses around 30 varieties of agave plant. After maturing over 7 to 14 years, the agave leaves are stripped to reveal the piña. Several of these are then placed into an oven pit and covered with earth to bake. This converts starches in the plant into sugars for fermentation and distillation. This cooking process also imparts the deep smoky character into mezcal.

 

Tequila is a particular type of mezcal, which uses only Blue Agave. It can only be made in specific areas around the city of Tequila and in the Los Altos (highlands) region of Jalisco. The piñas are baked in a traditional oven, leaving out the smoky quality. Piñas grown in the highlands produce a sweeter spirit, while the lowland plants give a more herbaceous flavour.

 

Sotol employs the same basic process as tequila, using the Dasylirion, ‘Desert Spoon’ or ‘Sotol’ plant. However, these plants are more vulnerable to pests, and the average yield of spirit per plant is about 1 litre, making sotol a difficult commercial product that’s harder to find outside of Mexico.

 

Each of these can be released as young spirit (plata or silver), or can be aged in wood for several months to a year (reposado) or 1 to 4 years (añejo) to create a smoother and more complex spirit.

 

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1800 Tequila is named after the first year there is a reference of Tequila being made.
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1800
£34.95
A family owned, small batch tequila, produced using the finest Tequilana Webber agave plants, with a minimum age of 7 years growth for every plant.
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Ambar
£109.95
The Arette tequila is made using 100% blue agave and then aged for 14 to 18 months in American oak barrels.
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Arette
£39.95
This tequila is part of Arette's premium range, and is a sipping tequila. The fruit, floral notes and agave jump out, particularly as it is bottled at a lower strength.
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Arette
£54.95
Artisanal Mezcal made in the most traditional of ways. Tobasiche agave matures for thirteen years and has a thick cedar like quality to it which seeps into the flavour of the mezcal.
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Bozal
£62.95
Good quality needs time and people from CasAmigos know it very well, keeping their production process slow to make sure that their products taste well.
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CasAmigos
£56.95
A silver tequila made from 100% Tequilana Weber Blue Agave which is first slow cooked in brick ovens for 72 hours before fermentation and distillation.
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Clase Azul
£94.95
An interesting and, as far as we can find, unique tequila. This easy drinking spirit's noticeable colour comes from being rested in Napa Cabernet French White Oak barrels for one month, which have not ...
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Codigo
£52.95
A unique experiment between a top quality tequila producer and a top quality bourbon producer created a wonderful range of tequilas in 2013.
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Creyente Mezcal is a blend of mezcals from two unique and diverse regions of Oaxaca: Tlacolula and Yautepec.
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Creyente
£56.95
This blanco tequila from Curado was made with 100% Blue Weber agave and after distillation was infused with locally harvested espadín agave to give it unique and interesting flavour.
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Curado
£44.95
This Curado expression was made with 100% Blue Weber agave and infused with cooked Cupreata agave which gives the light golden colour to the blanco Tequila.
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Curado
£44.95
Despite the pale gold colour, this is in fact Tequila blanco infused with Blue Weber agave from Jalisco after distillation.
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Curado
£44.95
When you're the third largest owners of agave plantations in Mexico, you're in a fantastic position to make fantastic 100% agave tequila.
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Don Agustin
£34.95
Don Augustin tequila is made by the Camarena Brothers, the third largest owners of agave plantations in Mexico.
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Don Agustin
£31.95
Don Julio Gonzalez started distilling his tequila in 1942 and his dream was to create the first luxury tequila.
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Don Julio
£39.95
A small batch tequila named after founder Don Julio who began distilling tequila at the age of 17 in 1942.
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Don Julio
£136.95
El Jimador is the Spanish name for skilled Mexican farmers who harvest agave plants.
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El Jimador
£26.95
The number one selling Tequila in Mexico, and not without good reason. A very high quality tequila, with the agave used being 8-14 years old, slow natural fermentation and ageing in oak casks for more ...
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El Jimador
£26.95
Pechuga is a style of Mezcal not often seen outside of Mexico. It follows the same traditional production process with a few notable exceptions.
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El Jolgorio
£167.95
Reposados are aged in American white oak barrels for less than a year. This is due to the Mexican climate which will make sure that the tequila will quickly become heavily oaked once in barrel.
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Espolón
£29.95
A tequila with a huge amount of character, and we mean that when it comes to both in the flavour and in the production methods.
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Espolón
£26.95
Produced with agave sourced from the aptly named Tequila Valley, the Fortaleza is hailed as one of the best blancos on the planet.
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Fortaleza
£57.95
A highly unusual Mezcal, that won many new fans at Whisky Fringe in 2018. Much less smoky than many of its contemporaries, it is also the only mezcal which uses the Damiana herb, adding a unique fresh ...
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Gem & Bolt
£56.95
Tequila Herradura have been producing tequila since the 19th Century, it controls over 30% of Mexican tequila market and owns the bestselling tequila brand in Mexico - El Jimador.
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Herradura Tequila is one of most famous tequila producers in the world with its recognisable horseshoe logo (Herradura means 'horseshoe' is Spanish).
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Herradura
£37.95
Herradura have been a family business for over 100 years, and through all that time, they have been making 100% Agave, slow fermented and distilled tequila.
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Herradura
£54.95
Herradura Directo de Alambique is an unaged tequila from one of the largest tequila producers in the world (they also create El Jimador which is the most popular tequila in Mexico).
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Herradura
£79.95
Herradura have been making Tequila for over 130 years. This 100% Blue Agave tequila has been aged in oak casks for 4 months.
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Herradura
£31.95
Herradura's reputation as innovative tequila producers is evident in the Seleccion Suprema which is widely thought to have launched the 'extra anejo' category (i.e.
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Herradura
£289.95
Ilegal Mezcal was born in Guatemala in 2006 when bar owner John Rexer couldn't import his beloved spirit from Mexico (it wasn't possible before 2006), so he decided to smuggle it across the border (we ...
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Ilegal Mezcal
£48.95
Although 'Kah' means 'life' in the ancient Mayan language, this award wining tequila is dedicated to the famous south-american tradition of the “Day of the Dead”.
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Kah
£47.95
La Penca is the name given to the sword-like leaves which are stripped from the maguey plant in order to remove the pina (the heart, which is roasted over hot rocks to gain its smoky flavour).
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La Penca
£38.95
This mezcal has been made with estate grown San Martin agave and distilled by Basilio Pacheco in La Noria, Ejutla, Oazaca.
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Marca Negra
£78.95
Montelobos Mezcal is made in a sustainable way in order to make sure that the lives of the local people, who have produced mescal for generations, keep their quality of life.
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Montelobos
£43.95
An average of 8 years to harvest the Agave, their 8th attempt at this particular tequila recipe, and their 80th year of making tequila; it really made sense to call it Ocho.
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Ocho
£23.95
Tequila Ocho is unique in many points. Not only is it the first vintage tequila, stating the exact year of harvest, but also single estate, which means that the agave plants used for this spirit was h ...
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Ocho
Ocho Anejo 40% 70cl
£51.95
The Ocho philosophy is facinating, with a greater emphasis on where the agave is grown, and differing terroirs between the different agave estates they deal with.
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Ocho
£24.95
Olmeca Altos is 100% agave tequila from Olmeca family. Since its launch in 2009 it has already won multiple international spirits awards.
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Olmeca Altos
£39.95
Olmeca Altos is 100% Agave tequila from Los Altos highlands in Jalisco, the Mexican state famous for tequila making.
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Olmeca Altos
£34.95
The green hearts of the agave are taken out before being pressed when making Pasote Tequila to minimise the 'vegetal' flavours that they can cause.
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Pasote
£42.95
Pasote tequila is made to bring through the sweetness of the agave and showcase it front and centre.
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Pasote
£48.95
Patron is a premium tequila produced in famous Hacienda Patron distillery in Jalisco, Mexico.
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Patron
£56.95
QuiQuiRiQui Mezcal Matatlan is unaged (Joven) mezcal made from Espadin Agave. It is 100% hand made, small batch mezcal produced with cooperation with local families who have been producing traditional ...
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QuiQuiRiQui
£38.95
The Tapatio Blanco is rested in stainless steel tanks for two months after distillation before being bottled.
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Tapatio
£23.95
The name ‘Tapatio’ refers to a man from Guadalajara, a city in the state of Jalisco, Mexico.
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Tapatio
£179.95
The Tapatio Reposado tequila has been aged in ex-bourbon casks for four months, which is a full 2 months more than what is legally required.
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Tapatio
£24.95
Tapatio 110 is an overproof tequila that has been specially designed for cocktails.
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Tapatio
Tapatio 110 55% 50cl
£31.95
This super luxury tequila has been crafted using 100% blue agave and triple distilled for an extremely smooth, fresh character.
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A really great, crisp and herbal tequila from a small family producer. Only the finest Tequilana Webber agave plants are selected for distillation, with a minimum age of 7 years growth for every plant ...
Ambar
£39.95
The Cuixe agave plant is one of the most visually striking species that is used in the production of Mezcal.
Bozal
£64.95

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