About Añejo Mezcal

Serve in a Copita
Añejo (literally "old") Mezcal has been aged for a legal minimum of twelve months in barrels. The finest examples however are usually aged from three to five years. Añejo mezcal can be either light, with a golden straw color or have an amber or golden yellow appearance.

The aging in barrels gives añejo mezcals flavors of roasted nuts, grilled fruits, pepper and tobacco. There is often a sublte smoky minerality in the finish; serve these neat in a crystal copita with cigars.

Mezcal is often confused with tequila, as both are made from agave. But while tequila must be made from one specific blue agave, mezcal can be produced from eighteen different types of agave (maguey). There are two types of mezcal, those made exclusively from maguey and those made from at least 80% maguey mixed with other ingredients. Mezcal has similar aging terms as tequila, such as reposado and añejo, but generally mezcal is more of an artisanal product, so examples of mezcal vary more than tequila.

Most are double-distilled, while some are triple-distilled and then aged for several years in oak barrels. Flavors range from smoked herbs and pepper to tobacco and charred fruits.
Top Picks for Añejo Mezcal
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El Rey Zapoteco
Mezcal Añejo
Gold color. Aromas of oak chest in the attic, wet straw mat, and brazil nut brittle with a supple, petillant, fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, involved, cork bark, honey roasted soy, peppered melon rind, and lit incense finish with light oak. Complex and different.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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Miel de Tierra
Mezcal Artesanal Añejo
Clear gold color. Creamy, tropical aromas of honey, hibiscus, coconut cream, and marzipan with a supple, soft, fruity medium body and a seamless, charming, breezy caramelized pineapple, honey roasted macadamia nut, and dried papaya finish. A rum-like mezcal that could serve as a nice entry to the category.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab