About Anejo Tequila

About Anejo Tequila
Añejo ("old") Tequila is aged in wooden barrels (usually old Bourbon barrels) for a minimum of 12 months. The best-quality añejos are aged 18 months to three years Beyond three years they can be called extra añejo.

Aging takes place in barrels formerly used to mature bourbon and rarely Cognac. Those aged in the latter vessels have more of a mellow edge, with aromas ranging from vanilla to tobacco, while those aged in former bourbon barrels often have notes of dill and coconut from the American oak. Añejo tequilas should be sipped neat, after dinner in a copita or snifter and perhaps enjoyed with a cigar.

Top Picks for Anejo Tequila

ArteNOM Seleccion de 1146 Añejo Tequila
95 points
$69.99
Amber color. Aromas of peanut brittle, ripe apple, flamed orange, cafe latte, leather, foraged mushrooms, and brown butter with a chewy, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, very complex, very long spiced peach chutney, luxury tobacco, and red tea finish. A flavor-packed, cognac-like Añejo tequila with delicate fruity nuance and big toasty brawn.
Awards: 2019 Best Añejo Tequila
95 points $69.99
El Tesoro Añejo Tequila
95 points
$54.99
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.
Awards: 2017 Best Añejo Tequila
95 points $54.99
Alquimia Organic Añejo Tequila
94 points
$65
Gold color. Aromas of toasted coconut, orchard fruit pastry, cinnamon swirl toast, turmeric, and palo santo with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry medium body and a peppery, complex, long incense, black tea, leather, and bay finish. A dry, spicy, exotic Tequila with a great sense of authenticity; distinctively herbal.
Excellia Añejo Tequila
94 points
$69
Light gold color. Fruity, floral aromas of grilled apple, pastry, honeydew melon, and bergamot with a round, lively, dryish light-to-medium body and a seamless, complex, medium-long vanilla bean, marzipan, tobacco, creme caramel, and canele pastry finish. A delicious, supple and floral Añejo tequila with delicate hints of caramel, fleshy fruit, and toast.
Casa Noble Tequila Añejo
94 points
$59.99
Golden amber color. Attractive aromas and flavors of butterscotch, dried figs, artichoke, peppered pastrami, vanilla, and croissant with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, intricate, medium-length finish with shades of apple-cinnamon compote, dried grapefruit, clay, chocolate shavings, and sea salt finish. An inviting tequila for dinner pairings or sipping with cigars.
94 points $59.99
Don Diego Santa Tequila Añejo
94 points
$46.95
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, long finish imparting notes of 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
KAH Tequila Añejo
94 points
$50.99
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, long finish with notes of peppery spices and creme brulee finish. A smooth and delicately spicy añejo that is sure to please.
94 points $50.99
Maracame Añejo Tequila
93 points
Brilliant gold color. Oaky aromas and flavors of straw, banana chips, pear sorbet with honey, caramel, praline, and toffee with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, medium-length finish that shows shades of limestone, dried pineapple, and buttercream frosting finish. A whiskey-like añejo that will appeal to highland scotch drinkers.
Cabo Wabo Añejo Tequila
93 points
$49.99
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
Centinela Añejo Tequila
93 points
$49.99
Light gold color. Toasty aromas and flavors of roasted nuts, neapolitan ice cream, pineapple-peach relish, and baking spices with a vibrant, fruity medium body and a warming, layered, long finish with touches of tropical fruit custard tart, floral honey, sassafras cherry float, and polished cedar finish. An excellent, elegant añejo sipper.
93 points $49.99