About Añejo Tequila

About Añejo Tequila
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

El Tesoro Añejo Tequila
95 points
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
Arrogante Supreme Añejo Tequila
95 points
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
Casa Noble Tequila Añejo
94 points
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 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
Demetrio Premium Tequila Añejo
94 points
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.
Alquimia Organic Añejo Tequila
94 points
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.
Don Diego Santa Tequila Añejo
94 points
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
KAH Tequila Añejo
94 points
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
Maracame Añejo
94 points
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.
Dos Armadillos Tequila Añejo
94 points
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.
IZKALI Tequila Añejo
94 points
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.