About Anejo Mezcal

About Anejo Mezcal
Añejo (literally "old") Mezcal has been aged for a legal minimum of twelve months in barrels. The finest examples however are usually aged from three to five years. Añejo mezcal can be either light, with a golden straw color or have an amber or golden yellow appearance.

The aging in barrels gives añejo mezcals flavors of roasted nuts, grilled fruits, pepper and tobacco. There is often a sublte smoky minerality in the finish; serve these neat in a crystal copita with cigars.

Mezcal is often confused with tequila, as both are made from agave. But while tequila must be made from one specific blue agave, mezcal can be produced from eighteen different types of agave (maguey). There are two types of mezcal, those made exclusively from maguey and those made from at least 80% maguey mixed with other ingredients. Mezcal has similar aging terms as tequila, such as reposado and añejo, but generally mezcal is more of an artisanal product, so examples of mezcal vary more than tequila.

Most are double-distilled, while some are triple-distilled and then aged for several years in oak barrels. Flavors range from smoked herbs and pepper to tobacco and charred fruits.

Top Picks for Anejo Mezcal

Los Amantes Añejo Mezcal
96 points
$80
A delicious and satisfying añejo mezcal that coats the palate with lingering warmth and smokiness.
Xicala Anejo Mezcal
94 points
$59.99
A gently smoky Añejo Mezcal with very appealing creamy, fruity agave; this will appeal to sipping rum drinkers as well as agave aficionados.
94 points $59.99
Nucano Mezcal Añejo
89 points
$47
A dry and chewy Mezcal that will work well as a cigar pairing.
Zignum Espadin Añejo Mezcal
88 points
$59
An oak-forward Añejo Tequila with notes of vanilla that will appeal to Rum fans as well.
Se Busca Añejo Mezcal Artesanal
82 points
$49.99
A very smoky and somewhat lean añejo mezcal for cocktails.
82 points $49.99