Are you wondering how tequila came to be a renewed spirit in the liquor world? We hope you are, because we’re going to share with you some of the most interesting facts and secrets about the best tequila.
The origin story of the first tequila is fascinating. It dates back to 250-300 A.D. and the Aztec Indians. They were the first that fermented the juice of the agave to produce the ceremonial wine called “pulque”. The agave plant was used as a personification, or as a deity of the goddess of fertility, Mayahuel.
Once the conquistadors, with Cortes at the helm, conquered Mexico, the tequila was born. The Spanish brought cooper still heads and distillation to Mexico, and within a decade of experimenting with the native agave plant, they made the spirit we know today as tequila. Also, there’s a whole town called Tequila in Mexico’s western state of Jalisco, which is famous for the production of this spirit.
Tequila is to Mexico, what rum is to Cuba, and in almost every distillery, some long-standing traditions and methods dictate the way the spirit is made. For an agave plant to reach full maturity and thus to be ripe for usage, it has to grow for almost five years. There are 166 species of agave, and 125 of them are found in Mexico, but legally, only one is used for producing tequila, the Agave Tequilana Weber Azul.
Once the agave is harvested and cooked, which is not an easy task, the fermentation process begins. Yeast is used to convert the sugar in the agave juice into alcohol. The type/s of yeast and other botanicals and ingredients used in the fermentation process are the ones that determine the taste of the tequila. This process lasts from 24 to 96 hours.
Once that process is finished, the distillation can begin. In order to make tequila, the “mosto” has to be distilled twice a day. The best tequilas, however, have an additional process after this phase, which is called maturation. Even though maturation is optional, it’s best to let the spirit mellow down and develop other tastes and notes for at least two months.
The tequila brands we feature at our store
In our online liquor and spirits store, you can find some of the finest tequila brands in the country. This is the list of current tequila bottles we have on stock:
Fortaleza Blanco Tequila made in Tequila, Jalisco, Mexico, with a distinctive citrus aroma
- Fortaleza Reposado Tequila made in Tequila, Jalisco, Mexico, with smooth caramel and butter flavours
- Fortaleza Anejo Tequila made in Tequila, Jalisco, Mexico, with butterscotch and vanilla notes
- ArteNOM 1549 Blanco Tequila made in La Arenal, Los Altos, México
- ArteNOM 1414 Reposado Tequila made in La Arenal, Los Altos, Mexico, by the Vivanco family, which are famous agave growers and distillers that use traditional methods
- ArteNOM 1146 Anejo Tequila made in La Arenal, Los Altos, México
- Don Fulano Blanco made in Alta, Jalisco, Mexico from 10-year-old agave
- Don Fulano Blanco Fuerte made in Alta, Jalisco, Mexico, with spicy flavour
- Don Fulano Reposado made in Alta, Jalisco, Mexico, by Enrique Fonseca
- Don Fulano Anejo made in Alta, Jalisco, Mexico, by Enrique Fonseca
- Don Fulano Imperial made in Alta, Jalisco, Mexico; it’s the oldest and finest bottle in the label, aged in French oak for five years
- Fuenteseca 7 Year Tequila made in Jalisco, Mexico, by Enrique Fonseca.
- Fuenteseca 9 Year Tequila made in Jalisco, Mexico, by Enrique Fonseca
- Fuenteseca 12 Year Tequila made in Jalisco, Mexico, by Enrique Fonseca
- Fuenteseca 18 Year Tequila made in Jalisco, Mexico, by Enrique Fonseca
- Tequila Cabeza made in Arandas, Jalisco, Mexico, by the 86 Company
- Purasangre Blanco Tequila made in Los Altos, Jalisco, Mexico, produced by the Tequileña Distillery
- Cimarron Blanco Tequila made in Atotonilco, Jalisco, Mexico, with a spicy, vegetable character
Purasangre Reposado Tequila made in Los Altos, Jalisco, Mexico, produced by the Tequileña Distillery
- Purasangre Añejo Tequila made in Los Altos, Jalisco, Mexico, and is made entirely from Enrique’s blue agave grown at 5,200 feet
- Purasangre Extra Añejo Tequila made in Los Altos, Jalisco, Mexico, aged for five years
- Ocho Blanco Tequila made in Los Altos, Mexico, and it’s produced traditionally by Carlos Camarena
- Ocho Reposado Tequila made in Los Altos, Mexico, and it’s produced traditionally by Carlos Camarena
As you can see from above, we have over 25 brands of tequila in our store, and they are all imported from Mexico. We’re very proud of our tequila selection, and we’re sure you can find a bottle that fits your criteria.
Buy tequila in Singapore online
The easiest way to stock up your home bar is to buy tequila in Singapore online — mostly because you won’t have to go through the hassle of leaving your house, or searching for a particular bottle of tequila in store shelves around the city. In our assortment, the best tequila brand is the Fuenteseca 18 Year Tequila, and that’s because the spirit has been naturally and slowly aging for 18 years.
Another amazing fact about tequilas is that you can combine them with so many other spirits and ingredients and get incredibly delicious cocktails. Some of the more popular ones are Margarita, Garra De Tigre, Italian Paloma, Tequila Sunrise (the Rolling Stones and the Eagles have praised this cocktail so much, there are songs written for it), El Niño, Mexican Negroni, Tequila Sour and so many others.
The tequila prices in the EC Proof store
The tequila prices in the EC Proof store range from $85 to $896, so you can purchase a bottle for any budget. Our best tequila bottle is the Fuenteseca 18 Year Tequila. Each of the labels we feature in our store has a long-standing tradition in producing high-quality spirits in Mexico. We’re making sure that you’re buying the best imports in Singapore. We’re confident you can find a cool bottle for the 24th of July, the National Tequila Day.