About Añejo Tequila

Serve in a Copita
Añejo ("old") Tequila is aged in wooden barrels (usually old Bourbon barrels) for a minimum of 12 months. The best-quality anejos are aged 18 months to three years for mixtos, and up to four years for 100% agaves. Aging Tequila for more than four years is a matter of controversy. Most Tequila producers oppose doing so because they feel that "excessive" oak aging will overwhelm the distinctive earthy and vegetal agave flavor notes.
Top Picks for Añejo Tequila
220151
El Tesoro de Don Felipe
Añejo Tequila
Pale golden green color. Attractive aromas of aloe vera, sweet orchard fruit, vanilla nougat, and singing minerality with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, intricate, very long citrus peels, earthy tomato and sage, dried white flowers, and sweet vanilla caramel with roasted sesame finish. Sip this añejo tequila neat or on the rocks and enjoy lush aromas and rich flavor with an outstanding, traveling finish.
95 points $54.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211484
Arrogante
Supreme Añejo Tequila
Brilliant clear gold color. Delicate, toasty, grassy aromas of toasted fruit cake, chocolate nuts, clay, and cola with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, elegant, medium-length dried fruits, exotic spice, and vanilla custard finish. A delicious, inviting añejo that begs for another sip.
95 points $119.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220335
Demetrio
Premium Tequila Añejo
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of oak and fresh cut grass, vanilla roasted nuts, underripe pineapple, and juicy pear with a creamy, crisp, sweet full body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length dried mint and dill, rich caramel, rose petal, and vanilla gelato finish. An agave alternative for bourbon drinkers.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220354
Alquimia
Organic Añejo Tequila
Gold color. Spicy aromas of cinnamon, clove, and kettle corn with a round, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, delightful, long speck, ginger and honey, roasted agave, and pistachio and white pepper finish. A great long finish welcomes the imbiber to another spicy sip.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215739
Don Diego Santa
Tequila Añejo
Brilliant light gold color. Sweet aromas and flavors of smores, coffee and coconut gelato, dark roasted hazelnuts, and dried fruits with a silky, bright, dryish medium body and a polished, interesting, roasted coconut milk, cedar, pepper dust, and minerals finish. A rock solid, creamy añejo that will be fun to mix with.
94 points $46.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215726
KAH
Tequila Añejo
Brilliant gold color. Spicy, perfumed aromas and flavors of sandalwood incense, roasted peppers and mango, sarsaparilla float, and fig chutney with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, captivating, peppery spices and creme brulee finish. A smooth and delicately spicy añejo that is sure to please.
94 points $50.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209738
Maracame
Añejo
Golden amber color. Lively aromas and flavors of dried stone fruits, suede, spiced nut brittle, and creme brulee with a satiny, lively, fruity medium-full body and an elegant finish that presents suggestions of figs and dates, vanilla cola, pepper, and chalk. An elegant and wonderfully nuanced añejo that will be great with cigars.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210077
Dos Armadillos
Tequila Añejo
Brilliant gold color. Bright, attractive, toasty aromas of roasted coconuts and nuts, white chocolate toffee, dried tropical fruits, and pencil shavings with a soft, bright, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, amusing, medium-long creme brulee and toffee finish. A delicious añejo with lots to offer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207304
IZKALI
Tequila Añejo
Light golden amber color. Attractive aromas of coconut cake, white chocolate nut fudge, and pickled stone fruits with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, medium length, anise cookie, vanilla nougat, peppered mango, and tobacco leaf finish with moderate oak. A tasty, flavorful añejo with super balance and sippability.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219020
Cabo Wabo
Añejo Tequila
Gold color. Vegetal, complex aromas of garden fresh green beans, eucalyptus, underripe pineapple, and smoked dark chocolate with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity full body and an effortless, very complex, medium-long miso caramel, salted butterscotch, clove, and frosting finish. A complex tequila to ponder; Rhum Agricole lovers will be fond of this.
93 points $49.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab