About Extra Anejo Tequila

About Extra Anejo 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 Anejo Tequila

Tequila Tapatío Excelencia Extra Añejo
98 points
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 root beer finish. A superlative sipping tequila that combines elegant wood with rustic, authentic agave flavors; an outstanding spirit.
Awards: 2018 Best Extra Añejo Tequila
El Tesoro Paradiso Tequila
97 points
Gold color. Attractive aromas of cedar, caramel, crushed pineapple, eucalyptus-vanilla, and fine tea with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, complex, very long allspice, lime leaf, dried mango, smoke, and sea salt finish. Exotic aromas and superb integration make this the Cognac or Single Malt-lovers Tequila; a must-try.
Awards: 2019 Best Extra Añejo Tequila
97 points $129.99
Alquimia Reserva de Oro 14 Years Barrel Strength Organic Extra Añejo Tequila
96 points
Amber color. Spicy aromas and flavors of dark caramel on rye, cedar plank, galangal, nutmeg, dark chocolate, cinnamon, cardamom, and toasted almonds with a slightly chewy, lively, fruity medium-full body and a warming, complex, very long finish evoking notes of flamed orange, toffee, flan, and dark roasted agave finish. A rich and decadent Extra Añejo Tequila with excellent intensity of flavor and memorable style.
Olamendi’s Ultra Premium Organic Extra Añejo Tequila
96 points
Brilliant golden amber color. Savory, rustic aromas and flavors of peppered prosciutto, smoked pear, bread and butter pickles, marinated artichoke hearts, grilled pineapple and sweet peppers, chocolate dipped orange peel, and cherry wood with a round, vibrant, fruity medium body and a warming, very complex, very long finish that exhibits notes of oregano, elotes, fine tobacco, and desert grasses finish. A wildly attractive and complex Extra Añejo with authentic style and a smoky edge; sip with respect.
Grand Mayan Ultra-Aged Tequila
96 points
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
Golden amber color. Aromas of caramel, honeysuckle, sassafras, thyme, and orgeat with a velvety, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, medium-length creamy caramel, nougat, and milk chocolate finish. A decadent, creamy candy bar of an Añejo; sip with pleasure; bourbon-lovers need apply.
Alquimia Organic Extra Añejo Tequila
95 points
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 Tesoro Extra Añejo Tequila
94 points
Light gold color. Aromas and flavors of toasty lemon meringue pie, apricot danish, whipped honey, parsley, and lavender with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, complex, very long finish with accents of tangerine zest, heather, sweet agave, and minerals finish. An exceptionally concentrated tequila with plush texture, palate-lifting brightness, and pure, unadulterated agave flavor.
94 points $99.99
Titanium Ultra Aged Tequila
94 points
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 finish revealing suggestions of candied pecan, dried herbs, baking spice, and clay and black pepper finish. An intensely herbal tequila.
El Mayor Tequila Extra Añejo
93 points
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