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WHERE?
The Tequila Society works closely with its partners and suppliers to bring you the most up to date information about where to buy and enjoy tequila in your neighbourhood. The restaurants, bars, shops, and retailer lists on this site are constantly reviewed to ensure accuracy. Contact www.sohowine.co.uk, www.gerrys.uk.com, www.thedrinkshop.com http://www.retailtherapyshopping.com or www.chetanwholesale.com for on-line purchase or pick up in London.

Most tequilas are produced by small family businesses and The Tequila Society works directly with these tequileros to bring their quality boutique products to the UK. When you buy directly from us you are allowing us to continue to expand the range of tequilas available in the UK. Buying directly from this website has no additional or hidden charges to you.

WHAT SHOULD I bE DRINKING?
For a beginners palate we recommend starting with a reposado 100% agave tequila. Remember to always sip and not gulp tequila. Tasting tequila is the same as with a wine. Stimulate the tequila in the glass by gently swirling it around this will release the flavours. First notice the colour, legs and aroma present in the glass. Swirl the first taste around in your mouth, it will taste strong and a bit fiery. Your palate will now be awake and ready. With the second sip you will be able to begin to taste the flavours and texture of the tequila. The taste will continue to evolve and mellow with each sip.

HOW MUCH DO I SPEND?
Don't always use the price as an accurate gauge of what is a good tequila. You could be paying more for the bottle, packaging and expensive advertising campaigns than for the tequila itself. A clever advertising campaign selling brands for £80 or more is not necessarily a better buy than an inexpensive 100% agave brand at £25. Everyone has their favourite tequila so your taste will dictate what is right for you. There are however numerous fine tequilas which are legitimately more expensive and worth the price.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE IN TASTE?
This chart may help you gauge what your palate is tasting so you can compare tequila flavours. Taste is personal and can change with what you eat, how you feel, or the time of day. Some people prefer the fiery edge of the young blanco tequilas with a more distinct agave flavour.

Others like the more mellow but still sharp flavour of a reposado and some may like the mellow full body that anejo tequilas offer. There are many choices, everyone has their favourites, but we suggest for the beginner palate some of the following premium tequilas:


THE PERFECT MARGARITA
Julio Bermejo the Tequila Ambassador to the USA and San Francisco restauranteur created a drink for his diabetic customers. He substituted triple sec the orange liqueur normally used to sweeten margaritas with Agave Nectar or syrup as it is sometimes called. Agave Nectar is a slow release carbohydrate with a low hypoglycemic level and is suitable for diabetics to use in cooking and baking as well. Agave nectar is 3 times sweeter than table sugar.

An additional benefit by removing the triple sec you are lowering the alcohol content of this margarita. The is a much healthier margarita.

Ingredients
Lime wedge
Finely crushed sea salt (optional)
Lots of Ice cubes
2 ounces (50 mils) of blanco or reposado 100% agave tequila
1 to 1.5 limes (35mils) freshly squeezed juice
1/2 ounce (15mils) of agave nectar (this is normally diluted 3:1 with water but depends on how sweet you like your margarita)

Directions
Moisten the outer rim of a glass with the lime wedge and coat lightly with salt (optional). Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the tequila, lime juice and agave nectar, shake hard and fast for 3 seconds and strain into the glass with ice.


Organic Agave Syrup
Agave Syrup is recommended as part of diets in patients with obesity and cardiovascular problems, due to its low caloric value. Agave syrup has only 4 calories per gram and is three times sweeter than other natural sweeteners.

Amongst its properties, Agave syrup stimulates the intestinal flora, especially the bifidus, which generates a prebiotic effect. This effect promotes better absorption of minerals such as iron, calcium, potassium and magnesium. In addition, Agave syrup is highly beneficial to children because unlike other sweeteners it does not cause cavities.

Another great advantage is that Agave syrup does not need preservatives and has a shelf life of more than 24 months without creating a crystallization effect common in other syrups. Agave syrup is a versatile product that can be used to make jams, syrups, pastries, cakes, nectars, sweets, ice cream, glazed fruit and yogurt among an infinite range of recipes.

Standard Light: from 70 a 77% of fructose, light amber colour.

Buy from www.gerrys.uk.com or www.sohowine.co.uk

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