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Tequila

Tequila is a distilled spirit from Mexico, produced from the cooked and fermented juice of the agave plant.  Famous for its bite, strength and role in many popular cocktails, many people are still in the dark about exactly what it is and where it comes from. We’re here to give you the lowdown on the spicy spirit of Mexico…

What is Tequila and how is it made?
Tequila is made from the agave, a plant native to Mexico, with a spiky appearance, much like a cactus, but which is, in fact, a member of the lily family. Although there are a few hundred varieties of agave, only one can be used to produce tequila. This is known as the Blue Weber Agave (named after a European botanist).
Once the agave has reached maturity – usually between 5 and 8 years after planting, depending on how ripe the distillers wish the fruit to be to create a unique flavor – harvesters called ‘jimadors’ use long handed knives to expose the pina, or the heart of the plant. And it’s this that’s used for the tequila production.
Tequila aficionados sip tequila from a special tequila glass or brandy snifter. That way, the agave flavors and aromas can be properly enjoyed.

The pinas are then cooked into ovens where they are steam baked for about 2 days, then cooled and crushed to release the juice. Traditionally, this process is completed in an ancient style of circular mill called a ‘Tahona’ using horses to pull the millstones and squeeze out the sugary sap.
Then, depending on which type of tequila is to be produced, cane or corn sugar is added along with yeast to kick-start fermentation. Distillation follows. Tequila must be distilled at least twice. Traditionally, copper pot stills are used for this process. The product, once it’s completed its second distillation is then legally allowed to be classed as tequila.

Maturation of the tequila happens when certain variants are being produced (such as anejo or reposado). Tequila is aged in oak casks. These can either be new or used, but most commonly used American whiskey casks are employed for this job.
Once this is complete, the tequila is filtered and in some cases, diluted with demineralised water to bring the spirit to bottling strength.
In the mid-20th century, tequila sales spiked after California residents thought it was a psychedelic. They were wrong, confusing mezcal with mescaline!

Types of Tequila

Silver
Silver tequila is the Blue Agave spirit in its purest form. It’s clear and typically un-aged spirit, showcasing the flavors and the intensity of the Agave at their highest, as well as its natural sweetness. Silver tequila can be bottled directly after distillation, or stored in stainless steel tanks to settle for up to a month. Frootbat recommends the following Silver tequilas to get you started: Milagro Select Barrel Reserve Silver Tequila, Patron Silver Tequila and Revolucion Silver Tequila 100 Proof.

Gold/ Mixto
Gold Tequila is typically a Mixto, where colorings and flavors are added just before bottling. Tis young and flavoured type of tequila tends to be less expensive and used in many bars and restaurants for cocktails ‘Gold’ or ‘Joven’ Tequila can, however, also be a blend of Silver Tequila with a Reposado or Añejo Tequila.

Reposado
Meaning ‘rested’, Reposado tequila is an aged variant, stored in American or French oak barrels for between 2 and 11 months. Golden in color it offers a pleasant balance between Anejo and Silver variants. Some beautiful examples of Reposado tequila are: Patron Reposado Tequila and Siete 7 Leguas Reposado Tequila

Anejo
Aged for a least a year in oak barrels, Anejo tequila is a darker variant with deeper and richer flavors gained from the chatacter of the barrels in which it has sat. These barrels can either be used or new, but mist be oak. Some anejo tequilas are aged in ex Bourbon, wine or cognac barrels to add an element of the previous spirits to their bouquet. Try Rey Sol Anejo Tequila  or  Riazul Anejo Tequila for your introduction to the aged version of this delicious spirit.

Extra Anejo
A classification only added in 2006, Extra Anejo, or ‘extra aged’ tequila sits in oak barrels for over 3 years before bottling. It is much darker than the other tequila variants and holds a great depth of flavour and aroma with a smoothness and complexity the other variants lack.  Qui Platinum Extra Anejo Tequila and San Matias Gran Reserva Extra Anejo Tequila are a couple of the Extra Anejo tequilas we know.
With over 1000 brands to choose from, it’s hard to know where to start with tequila. We hope that our recommendations help you on your way and into a thorough enjoyment of this beautiful Mexican spirit!
FROOTBAT HAS 649 Tequilas AVAILABLE TO SHIP TO United States
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Ultra Tequila
Clase Azul Ultra Tequila 750ml Bottle
$1,439.9711 buying options
Tequila Tower
Casino Azul Tequila Tower 750ml Bottle
$169.995 buying options
Pink Tequila
Mejor Pink Tequila 750ml Bottle
$27.996 buying options
Ultra Tequila
Clase Azul Ultra Tequila 1.75lt Bottle
$6,447.993 buying options
1942 Anejo Tequila
Don Julio 1942 Anejo Tequila 750ml Bottle
$107.9553 buying options
La Pinta Pomegranate Liqueur
Clase Azul La Pinta Pomegranate Liqueur 750ml Bottle
$26.9914 buying options
Reposado Tequila
Clase Azul Reposado Tequila 750ml Bottle
$72.9944 buying options
Plata Tequila
Clase Azul Plata Tequila 750ml Bottle
$59.9939 buying options
Silver Tequila
Arta Silver Tequila 750ml Bottle
$29.997 buying options
Blanco Tequila
Cazadores Blanco Tequila 750ml Bottle
$17.9930 buying options
Reposado Tequila
Patron Reposado Tequila 50ml Bottle
$2.9910 buying options
Ultra Anejo Tequila
Herradura Ultra Anejo Tequila 750ml Bottle
$45.9923 buying options
Anejo Tequila
Riazul Anejo Tequila 750ml Bottle
$46.7424 buying options
Blanco Tequila Revolver Gun
Hijos de Villa Blanco Tequila Revolver Gun 200ml Bottle
$24.994 buying options
Seleccion Suprema Tequila
Herradura Seleccion Suprema Tequila 750ml Bottle
$244.9921 buying options
Silver Tequila
Patron Silver Tequila 750ml Bottle
$27.0049 buying options
Blanco Tequila
Lunazul Blanco Tequila 1.75lt Bottle
$29.994 buying options
Gran Clase Extra Anejo Tequila
Arette Gran Clase Extra Anejo Tequila 750ml Bottle
$95.994 buying options
Anejo Tequila
Casa Noble Anejo Tequila 50ml Bottle
$3.971 buying option
Reserva Coconut Tequila
1800 Reserva Coconut Tequila 750ml Bottle
$22.9927 buying options
Reposado Tequila
Fortaleza Reposado Tequila 750ml Bottle
$48.9936 buying options
Select Barrel Reserve Silver Tequila
Milagro Select Barrel Reserve Silver Tequila 750ml Bottle
$36.9928 buying options
Select Barrel Reserve Anejo Tequila
Milagro Select Barrel Reserve Anejo Tequila 750ml Bottle
$79.9923 buying options
Artesanal Suave Anejo Tequila
Arette Artesanal Suave Anejo Tequila 750ml Bottle
$66.995 buying options
Tequila Blanco
Espolon Tequila Blanco 750ml Bottle
$17.9951 buying options
Gran Patron Platinum Silver Tequila
Patron Gran Patron Platinum Silver Tequila 750ml Bottle
$134.9937 buying options
Reposado
Tequila 30-30 Reposado 750ml Bottle
$23.995 buying options
Altos Plata Tequila
Olmeca Altos Plata Tequila 50ml Bottle
$2.992 buying options
Tequila Blanco
Kah Tequila Blanco 750ml Bottle
$199.991 buying option
Silver Tequila
Avion Silver Tequila 750ml Bottle
$28.9945 buying options
Tequila Reposado
Centinela Tequila Reposado 750ml Bottle
$35.997 buying options
Tequila Blanco
Centinela Tequila Blanco 750ml Bottle
$31.996 buying options
Blanco Tequila
Tromba Blanco Tequila 750ml Bottle
$30.996 buying options
Reposado Tequila
Cazadores Reposado Tequila 750ml Bottle
$17.9933 buying options
Plata Tequila
Clase Azul Plata Tequila 375ml Bottle
$39.973 buying options
Crystal Blanco Tequila
Casa Noble Crystal Blanco Tequila 750ml Bottle
$29.9928 buying options
Blanco Tequila
Don Julio Blanco Tequila 750ml Bottle
$4.9953 buying options
Gran Reserva Extra Anejo Tequila
San Matias Gran Reserva Extra Anejo Tequila 750ml Bottle
$49.998 buying options
Reposado Tequila
Corralejo Reposado Tequila 750ml Bottle
$24.9916 buying options
Los Arango Anejo Tequila
Corralejo Los Arango Anejo Tequila 750ml Bottle
$53.195 buying options
Reserva de la Familia Extra Anejo Tequila
Jose Cuervo Reserva de la Familia Extra Anejo Tequila 750ml Bottle
$114.9923 buying options
Silver Blanco Tequila
Herradura Silver Blanco Tequila 375ml Bottle
$19.998 buying options
Tequila Reserva Silver
1800 Tequila Reserva Silver 750ml Bottle
$19.9923 buying options
Reposado Tequila
Don Julio Reposado Tequila 750ml Bottle
$37.4944 buying options
Tradicional Reposado Tequila
Jose Cuervo Tradicional Reposado Tequila 750ml Bottle
$16.9918 buying options
Anejo Tequila
Corralejo Anejo Tequila 750ml Bottle
$23.997 buying options
Seleccion de 1146 Anejo Tequila
Tequila Artenom Seleccion de 1146 Anejo Tequila 750ml Bottle
$54.999 buying options
Select Barrel Reserve Reposado Tequila
Milagro Select Barrel Reserve Reposado Tequila 750ml Bottle
$42.9921 buying options
Anejo Tequila
Corazon de Agave Anejo Tequila 750ml Bottle
$32.993 buying options
Paradiso Extra Anejo Tequila
El Tesoro de Don Felipe Paradiso Extra Anejo Tequila 750ml Bottle
$94.9911 buying options
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