About Extra Añejo Tequila

Serve in a Copita
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
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Herradura
Seleccion Suprema Extra Añejo Tequila
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220192
Grand Mayan
Ultra-Aged Tequila
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.
96 points $89.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220355
Alquimia
Organic Extra Añejo Tequila
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216060
El Gran Jubileo
5 Year Extra Añejo Tequila
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215842
Alquimia
Reserva de Don Adolfo Organic Extra Añejo Tequila
Bright golden amber color. Spicy aromas and flavors of mango-cherry chutney, toasted meringue, leather books and chair, and marinated olives and peppers with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, intricate, pencil shavings, vanilla nuts, sarsaparilla and pepper, and coconut cream finish. A rich, spicy extra añejo with lots of pleasing wood tones that will appeal to bourbon fans.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219934
Titanium
Ultra Aged Tequila
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220152
El Tesoro de Don Felipe
Paradiso Tequila
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215796
Fuenteseca
7 Year Aged Extra Añejo Tequila
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215797
Fuenteseca
12 Year Aged Extra Añejo Tequila Reserva
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220247
El Mayor
Tequila Extra Añejo
Bright dark amber color. Candied aromas of rich caramel, vanilla pancake, hot cinnamon, and salt cured olive with a chewy, vibrant, fruity full body and an interesting, medium-long raspberry in dark chocolate, grilled agave and vanilla creme, walnut liqueur, and celery salt and pickling spices finish. A rich and nutty extra añejo tequila.
93 points $99.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab