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Avion Tequila Anejo 750ml

Rated 94 - Delicate mix of cooked tree and tropical fruit, vanilla and toasted coconut, with a dusting of light brown sugar and sweet baking...
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Blue Nectar Tequila Anejo Founder's Blend 750ml

Rated 95 - Rich oak, brown sugar, cherry liqueur, and black pepper notes augment the natural agave herbaceous qualities in a pleasing way. Silky...
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Blue Nectar Tequila Reposado Extra Blend 750ml

Rated 93 - Warm tones of roasted vanilla and milk chocolate intertwine with the agave’s flavors of roasted red and black pepper for an extremely...
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Blue Nectar Tequila Silver 750ml

Rated 92 - It manages to be both incredibly fruity and intensely vegetal on entry. On the palate, it’s clean and linear with a good dose of...
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Cabo Wabo Tequila Anejo 750ml

Rated 90 - The oak influence has drawn intense flavors of cedar and cherry sap from the intensely earthy base tequila. The juicy, fruit-driven...
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Cabo Wabo Tequila Blanco 750ml

Rated 90 - Bouquet offers aromas of salty brine, fennel and green peppercorn; in time, a dried-sage aroma takes command, with assistance from burnt...
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Tequila

Tequila is probably Mexico’s greatest gift to the world of fine spirits, and is also possibly one of the most underestimated and misunderstood drinks in the world. Widely used for shots and slammers, and more often than not associated with parties and hangovers, Tequila is in fact a wonderful drink full of subtleties and expression of terroir, that is highly rewarding for those who look into its finer points.

One of the special things about Tequila is the fact that it is capable of expressing the fine nuances and subtle notes of its raw material, far more so than other, similar spirits. That raw material is, of course, the Blue Agave - not a cactus, as is commonly believed, but rather a succulent quite like a lily, which grows in the deserts of Mexico mainly around the province of Jalisco. The Blue Agave takes a decade to mature, and during those ten years, it takes in many of the features of its surroundings, just like a grapevine would. This is why Tequila varies in flavor and aroma from region to region, from the earthier Tequilas of the lowlands, to the more delicate and floral examples from areas of a higher altitude.

The picking and peeling of the spiky Agave, and the distillation process of Tequila is a complicated one, and one which is carried out with enormous skill by the jimadors and master craftsmen who produce the spirit. Steam cooking of the body of the plant is followed by crushing, then fermentation and distillation completes the process. The end product is categorized according to whether or not it is made with pure (‘puro’) agave, or blended with other sugars, and according to how long the spirit is aged for.