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 Anejo Tequila
95 points
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of durian, legumes, roasted carrots, and caramelized brussels sprouts with a glycerous, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, nuanced, medium-long finish that shows nuances of dried pears, cinnamon toast, and prosciutto wrapped cantaloupe. An authentic, agave-forward Tequila that blooms with great balance, complexity, and length.
95 points $54.99
ArteNOM Seleccion de 1146 Añejo Tequila
95 points
Amber color. Aromas of peanut brittle, ripe apple, flamed orange, cafe latte, leather, foraged mushrooms, and brown butter with a chewy, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, very complex, very long spiced peach chutney, luxury tobacco, and red tea finish. A flavor-packed, cognac-like Añejo tequila with delicate fruity nuance and big toasty brawn.
Awards: 2019 Best Añejo Tequila
95 points $69.99
Cazcanes No. 7 Anejo Tequila
94 points
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
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
Alquimia Organic Añejo Tequila
94 points
Gold color. Aromas of toasted coconut, orchard fruit pastry, cinnamon swirl toast, turmeric, and palo santo with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry medium body and a peppery, complex, long incense, black tea, leather, and bay finish. A dry, spicy, exotic Tequila with a great sense of authenticity; distinctively herbal.
Excellia Añejo Tequila
94 points
Light gold color. Fruity, floral aromas of grilled apple, pastry, honeydew melon, and bergamot with a round, lively, dryish light-to-medium body and a seamless, complex, medium-long vanilla bean, marzipan, tobacco, creme caramel, and canele pastry finish. A delicious, supple and floral Añejo tequila with delicate hints of caramel, fleshy fruit, and toast.
Maracame Añejo Tequila
93 points
Brilliant gold color. Oaky aromas and flavors of straw, banana chips, pear sorbet with honey, caramel, praline, and toffee with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, medium-length finish that shows shades of limestone, dried pineapple, and buttercream frosting finish. A whiskey-like añejo that will appeal to highland scotch drinkers.
Cenote™ Añejo Tequila
92 points
Golden amber color. Fruity aromas and flavors of caramelized tropical fruits, chocolate and vanilla almond fudge, peach chutney, and sassafras float with a supple, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, complex, medium-long finish with notes of tres leche cake, latte with coconut milk, dried apricot, and spices finish. A delicious and inviting añejo tequila with lots of ripe agave notes in harmony with spicy oak.
92 points $64.99
Hornitos Black Barrel Añejo Tequila
92 points
Golden amber color. Aromas of roasted sweet corn, caramel-drizzled cherries, chocolate soft-serve, and banana bread with a slightly chewy, crisp, fruity medium body and a warming, charming, medium-long bananas foster, smoky tobacco, and cigar box finish. Assertive barrel-use has made for a decadent oak-focused Añejo tequila that offers a welcoming choice for bourbon drinkers.
92 points $29.99
Rooster Rojo Añejo Tequila
92 points
Golden amber color. Aromas of cantaloupe, chocolate-orange, cajeta, nutmeg, and sweet corn with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, medium-length creamy caramel, sweet tea with cream and honey, and alfalfa sprouts finish. A charming Añejo tequila with lots of fruity character.
92 points $29.99