About Extra Añejo Tequila

About Extra Añejo Tequila
An extra añejo tequila must be aged for at least three years in oak barrels that have a maximum capacity of 160 gallons (600 liters). These are dark-colored tequilas - deep amber or copper - that have a spicy oak-influenced flavor with notes such as dark chocolate, tobacco and Asian spices. They typically have a long, refined finish.

Extra añejo tequilas can display great style, depth of flavor, and finesse and are meant exclusively for after dinner sipping.

It should be noted that among tequila producers, aging tequila for more than four years is a matter of controversy. Many tequila producers oppose doing so because they feel that "excessive" oak aging will overwhelm distinctive and delicate earthy, fruity, and vegetal agave flavor notes.

Top Picks for Extra Añejo Tequila

Tequila Tapatío Excelencia Extra Añejo
98 points
$150
Bronze color. Aromas of fresh lumber, luxury tobacco, caramel, prune, eucalyptus, and vanilla-scented black tea with a fat body and a very long cherry-almond, dark roasted agave, sandalwood, baking spices, and rootbeer finish. A superlative sipping tequila that combines elegant wood with rustic, authentic agave flavors; an outstanding spirit.
Awards: 2018 Best Extra Añejo Tequila
Herradura Seleccion Suprema Extra Añejo Tequila
97 points
$350
Golden amber color. Lively, attractive aromas of bananas foster, vanilla toffee, dried fruits, and sweet spices with a satiny, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, very long honey roasted nuts, sandalwood, sassafras, and exotic spices finish. A monumental tequila with endless waves of flavor; a perfect sipper for the tequila connoisseur.
Grand Mayan Ultra-Aged Tequila
96 points
$89.99
Medium copper color. Sweet, oaky aromas of cinnamon rice pudding and black tea, jamaica drink, honey cake, and leather with a lightly tannic, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, compelling, medium-long chicory coffee, cinnamon-honey, jalepeno, and cola finish. A rich, honeyed and nectar-llke tequila.
Awards: 2017 Best Tequila, 2017 Best Extra Añejo Tequila
96 points $89.99
Alquimia Reserva de Don Adolfo Organic Extra Anejo Tequila
95 points
$125
Brilliant gold color. Grainy aromas and flavors of caramel corn, dried cherries, crisp lettuce, kentucky bourbon, and cream of wheat with a slightly chewy, crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a peppery, delightful, medium-long leather, rackhouse, and menthol finish. A grainy spirit with huge bourbon barrel influence; this is how you convince your whiskey-drinking friends to sip Tequila.
Alquimia Organic Extra Añejo Tequila
95 points
$135
Bright amber color. Interesting, complex aromas of fresh artichoke, honey, geranium, and mexican hot chocolate with a round, vibrant, fruity sweet full body and a warming, epic, long macadamia nut brittle, dill, lime spritzed mango, and cumin and garbanzo bean finish. A tequila that displays gorgeous mature barrel notes; crafted with great finesse.
El Gran Jubileo 5 Year Extra Añejo Tequila
95 points
$89.99
Brilliant gold color. Herbal aromas and flavors of caramelized nuts and fruits, toasted herbs, pickled peppers, and bbq rub and chocolate with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity body and a tingling, complex, spiced honeyed dried fruits, horchata gelato, leather, and pepper dust finish. A lively and engaging extra añejo with surprising flexibility and agave freshness.
95 points $89.99
Titanium Ultra Aged Tequila
94 points
$50
Bright dark amber color. Elegant, mature aromas and flavors of asian pear, chrysanthemum, chamomile tea, and menthol mint with a lightly tannic, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a distinctive, long candied pecan, dried herbs, baking spice, and clay and black pepper finish. An intensely herbal tequila.
El Tesoro Paradiso Tequila
94 points
$99.99
Pale straw yellow color. Floral aromas of butterscotch and orgeat, oregano and mustard seed, lily, and conversation hearts with a round, lively, fruity medium body and a peppery, interesting, medium-length orange cream and tomatillo, roasted poblano and corn, green peppercorn, cilantro, and mint, and guanabana and nopales finish. A fresh style of extra añejo tequila with snappy acidity.
94 points $99.99
Fuenteseca 7 Year Aged Extra Añejo Tequila
94 points
$159.99
Brilliant golden amber color. Attractive aromas and flavors of roasted coconut cream pie, spiced tropical fruits, delicate blossoms, and sassafras with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, epic, spiced nuts, cedar cigar box, cola nut, and leather and minerals finish. A robust extra añejo that delivers vibrant agave flavors supported by spicy oak nuances.
94 points $159.99
Fuenteseca 12 Year Aged Extra Añejo Tequila Reserva
94 points
$299
Brilliant gold color. Spicy aromas of exotic peppercorns, pencil shavings, and mango chutney with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, captivating, roasted pepper, sweet potato and pecan pie, cola float, and rye barrel finish. A vibrant and nuanced extra añejo that will be great with cigars.