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
Gold color. Smoky, medicinal, complex aromas and flavors of smoked nuts and gusano, chocolate halva, hint of iodine tincture, and prairie fire embers and rubber with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, very long finish displaying notes of grilled citrus, smoked peppers, and mesquite honey finish. A delicious and satisfying añejo mezcal that coats the palate with lingering warmth and smokiness.
Xicala Anejo Mezcal
94 points
Brilliant gold color. Aromas and flavors of mocha flan and nougat, raisins and dates in vanilla cream, grilled coconut and tropical fruits, and smoked cheese with a silky, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, long finish evoking notes of spiced and smoked almonds, white cigar ash, pink and white pepper, and minerals. 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
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of quince preserves, fig jam, hints of toffee, brown sugar, and roasted veggies with a satiny, bright, dry medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish that shows suggestions of nutmeg. A dry and chewy Mezcal that will work well as a cigar pairing.
Zignum Espadin Añejo Mezcal
88 points
Clear golden amber color. Baked, boozy, toasty, sweet aromas and flavors of allspice, creme brulee, honey, and dates with a round, soft, dryish medium body and a warming, refreshing, breezy finish imparting impressions of caramel, creme brulee, green mango, strawberry, and dates. An oak-forward Añejo Tequila with notes of vanilla that will appeal to Rum fans as well.
Se Busca Añejo Mezcal Artesanal
82 points
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate espresso beans and berries, doused barn embers, singed hay and whole nuts, and burnt coffee pot with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, medium-length finish conveying notes of ashtray, chocolate rice bar, and wet paper finish. A very smoky and somewhat lean añejo mezcal for cocktails.
82 points $49.99