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Technically speaking, Tequila is actually a type of Mezcal. The specific difference with tequila is that it is distilled purely from the blue agave plant, primarily in a region surrounding the Mexican city of Tequila in the north west of the country.
Tequila, despite its association with American college students and drinking parties is actually a premium alcohol in comparison to its parent drink, mezcal. Examples of very well aged tequilas ranging upwards into the hundreds of pounds are more common than you would expect with companies such as Patron producing very high-end tequila.
The legend of the worm is often associated with tequila however in reality, the worm (beetle larva) is actually only found in certain mezcals and began as a marketing gimmick in the early 20th century.
Much like with rum, there are different types of tequilas as listed below;
Blanco (White) or Plata (Silver) - This is white spirit that can be bottled immediately after distillation or aged less than two months in stainless steel or neutral oak barrels. It is unaged.
Joven (Young) or Oro (Gold) - This variety is unaged, blanco tequila that has had the additional ingredients of colouring and caramel flavouring added.
Resposado (Rested) - This variety is aged in oak barrels with no capacity limit for a minimum of two and maximum of 12 months.
Añejo ("Aged" or "Vintage") - Starting to delve towards the realm of premium tequila now, this variety is aged for a minimum of one year and maximum of three in oak barrels with a capacity of 600 litres.
Extra Añejo (Exta-Aged) - This variety is the most premium one and is exclusive to tequilas aged for at least three years in oak barrels with no maximum age restraint.
Swedish - 70cl / 40%
Mackmyra Lab + Distillery Organic Swedish Gin. Lab Distillery Organic Gin is a modern, artisan-produced gin with a classic taste incorporating Swedish flavours and carefully selected organic ingredients distilled in the traditional copper pot-still at Mackmyra Bruk. Flavours - Juniper, coriander, …
Gin - 70cl / 43%
Makar Oak Aged Gin Gin from Glasgow! Why not? Makar Oak Aged Gin adds complexity to an already intriguing spirit, aged for 10 weeks in Oak wood casks. The result is a beautiful marriage of the classic Makar with smokiness from the oak casks. 100% natural colour and flavour. Nose: Fres…
Gin - 50cl / 40%
Makar Cherry Gin Gin from Glasgow! Why not? Makar Cherry was awarded "World's Best Flavoured Gin" at the 2019 World Gin Awards. 100% Natural flavour and no added colouring. Nose: Dried cherries and autumnal spice followed by juniper and hints of citrus and vanilla. Palate: Ripe cherry and …
Gin - 70cl / 43%
Makar Old Tom Gin Gin from Glasgow! Why not? Makar Old Tom re-creates a sweeter style of gin compared to a London dry style - which until recently had lost popularity. Nose: Juniper, floral notes, sweet honey and coriander Palate: Liquorice, honey almond marzipan balanced by coriander and …
Gin - 70cl / 43%
Makar Mulberry Aged Gin Gin from Glasgow! Why not? Makar Mulberry Aged Gin adds another level of wonderful complexity to the Original Makar; this has been aged for 10 weeds in bespoke mulberry wood casks. The result is a smooth, soft gin. It boasts a sweet palate and woody nose, with lemon, thy…
Gin - 5cl
Glaswegin Gin. An Artisan Gin from you know where... Tasting notes: Strong juniper and lime notes provide freshness with delicate orange flower notes for complexity. Locally sourced milk thistle and pink peppercorns round out the spirit for a finish so smooth that can be drunk with or without garn…
Gin - 5cl / 37.5%
Glaswegin Raspberry and Rhubarb Gin An Artisan Gin from you know where... For their first ever flavour, the Glaswegin team have added raspberry and rhubarb to their signature 8 botanical blend for an exceptionally fruity flavour. Tasting notes include raspberry jam and candied rhubarb. It's …
Island - 70cl / 43.3%
Tobermory Limited Edition Mountain Gin This gin takes inspiration from the landscape of Mull, where it is distilled. The palate has a rich, creamy mouthfeel, with lemon infused rosehip, balanced with Rowan berry, floral heather and ginger spice.