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
ArteNOM Seleccion de 1146 Añejo Tequila
95 points
$69.99
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
Gran Centenario Añejo Tequila
94 points
$31
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of spiced dried citrus, flan, smoked nuts, and pea pods with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, delightful, long finish with notes of horchata, pink pepper, minerals, and pipe tobacco in a leather pouch. A spry and lightly smoky Añejo for cocktails or on-the-rocks sipping.
Tequila Ocho Tequila Añejo El Bajío
94 points
$59
Pale straw color. Aromas of dandelion, parsley, baked sweet plantain, tarragon, and hints of ginger and clove with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, complex, relaxed buttermilk, flan, and roasted agave finish. A delicately oaked Añejo Tequila with elegant flavors that showcase its thoughtful production methods.
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
Alquimia Organic Añejo Tequila
94 points
$65
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
$69
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.
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.
Alquimia Single Estate Añejo Tequila
93 points
$65
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of fresh apples, orange peel, milk chocolate, spiced pumpkin, and mexican hot chocolate with a supple, dryish light body and a tingling, appealing, medium-long finish that shows impressions of nut skins and hints of eucalyptus. A complex and appealing Añejo Tequila with restrained oak.