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Scotland produces first Speyside-aged tequila
Published:  23 November, 2017

Scotland’s first tequila company has launched the world’s first solely aged Speyside whisky cask tequila to the market.

UWA Tequila, which is headquartered in Aberdeen, Scotland, has released two out of three of its super premium 100% Blue Weber agave small batch craft tequilas.

The company released its super premium platinum blanco and its seven-month aged Speyside whisky cask reposado to the market for pre-orders for the first time this November.

Michael Ballantyne, co-founder of UWA Tequila, said: “Scotland has some of the finest food, drink, and tourism that the world has to offer, but tequila really hasn’t been a spirit that’s been focused on, partly because of the perception it’s had of being a cheap shot chased with salt and lime. We are here to change that perception.

“Our company is based on being able to express ourselves in a fun and creative way, so for us, tequila was the perfect fit. All of our tequilas are made from 100% rare Blue Weber agave and this is our chance to not only educate people on how great agave is, but to also promote responsible drinking as we’re very much focused on educating consumers about quality and not quantity.“

UWA Tequila exports Speyside whisky casks from Scotland to Tequila, Mexico, where the product is aged and bottled. 

With a core range of three products including its blanco and reposado, the company will launch its 14-month aged añejo to the market in spring next year.

Ross Davidson, co-founder and COO of UWA Tequila, said: “We make the tequila in the same way as anyone else does, but the fact we started out with an industry first using Single Malt Scotch whisky casks really does make our tequila stand out. 

“Traditionally companies use American bourbon casks for ageing tequila so we’ve taken a really innovative approach in doing something completely different to the norm.”

UWA Tequila specialises in aged agave spirits, and the company says that at 40% ABV, the products are perfect for mixing into premium cocktails or sipping.

The company plans to add numerous other products to its offering, including cask strength reposado and añejo at 53% ABV in the near future.

UWA Tequila’s small batch tequilas are now available to pre-order online at and will be accessible across the UK in the on-and-off trade.

The products retail from £55 and Scottish companies Gordon and MacPhail and Bootstrap Liquor will be leading the UK trade distribution.