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

El Tesoro Añejo Tequila
96 points
$85
Straw color. Inviting aromas and flavors of honey-drizzled grapefruit, sweet apple compote, toffee, and sweet chamomile tea with a round, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a peppery, elegant, medium-long finish with notes of pink peppercorns, ginger, and graphite. A stylish, peppery Tequila with a true sense of self.
Awards: 2021 Best Añejo Tequila
Don Fulano Añejo Tequila
95 points
$79.98
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate toffee and raisins, roasted almonds, herbed yams, and roasted yellow peppers with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, refreshing, medium-long finish with accents of mocha latte, spiced nuts, sassafras float, and pepper. A rich, spicy, yet balanced añejo for sipping, cigars, or high-end cocktails.
95 points $79.98
Gran Centenario Añejo Tequila
94 points
$35
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of rubber, matchsticks, candied pecans, polished wood, parchment paper, barrel cured tobacco, saffron, cognac, and sun dried tomato with a round, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, complex, medium-length finish revealing notes of dried red fruits, christmas cake, tart cherries, carob, leather, cured meats, savory, sage, and pine. A unique, complex, and daring añejo with hints of tobacco and pecans.
Cazcanes No. 7 Anejo Tequila
94 points
$129
Medium gold color. Aromas and flavors of toasted cashews and almonds, spiced cider, orange zest, paprika, green olives, popcorn, and spiced pumpkin with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an even, nuanced, medium-long finish with notes of za’atar-spiced croutons, cocoa butter, and roasted pistachio. A sophisticated, spicy Añejo that delivers all-natural vibes and old-school Tequila style.
Kirkland Signature Tequila Añejo
94 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Pale amber color. Rich coconut and banana cream pie, cherry bonbon, and baking spice aromas. Soft and supple with a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body. Lingering butterscotch, sandalwood, and fig gelato notes on the drying finish. A delicious dessert style añejo that has confection, but is not too sweet.
94 points $19.99 Best Buy
Espolón Añejo Tequila
93 points
$37
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of werther’s original butterscotch candies, cassis leaves, blond tobacco, coconut oil, and american oak with a round, fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, subtle, medium-long finish revealing touches of honey comb, white florals, caramelized sugars, ripe pineapple, savory pepper, vanilla, cocoa, leather, mint, sweet tobacco, chinese 5 spice, and scorched honey. A complex, earthy, and creamy expression of an Añejo Tequila that is sure to delight fans of the style.
Masuave Añejo Tequila
93 points
$50
Golden amber color. Roasted aromas of coffee grounds, cacao nibs, wooden torch, and suede with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length chocolate espresso bean, salty caramelized roasted pecans, horchata, and angel food cake with creme anglaise finish. A rock solid wood-forward añejo with lovely toasty, nutty notes.
Baluarte 15 Months Aged Añejo Tequila
93 points
$63
Golden amber color. Interesting aromas and flavors of sassafras and latte, vanilla yogurt and spumoni with molasses cake, spicy toffee and teriyaki jerky, and polished wood with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, layered, long finish conveying notes of root beer float, cinnamon flan with papaya, and pepper. A delightfully spicy and tingling añejo that intrigues the palate with every sip.
Alquimia Single Estate Añejo Tequila
93 points
$65
Golden straw color. Aromas of fresh apples, orange peel, milk chocolate, spiced pumpkin, and mexican hot chocolate with a supple, dryish light body and a tingling, charming, medium-long nut skins and hints of eucalyptus finish. A complex and appealing Añejo Tequila with restrained oak.
1800 Añejo Tequila
92 points
$39
Clear golden amber color. Creamy, nutty, baked aromas and flavors of creme brulee, pecan, apricot, and cherry chocolate candy with a supple, shy, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length finish that presents notes of caramel, mocha cream, and brown sugar. A mellow, round, wood-accented añejo for contemplative sipping.