About Extra Anejo Tequila

About Extra Anejo Tequila
An extra añejo tequila must be aged for at least three years in oak barrels that have a maximum capacity of 160 gallons (600 liters). These are dark-colored tequilas - deep amber or copper - that have a spicy oak-influenced flavor with notes such as dark chocolate, tobacco and Asian spices. They typically have a long, refined finish.

Extra añejo tequilas can display great style, depth of flavor, and finesse and are meant exclusively for after dinner sipping.

It should be noted that among tequila producers, aging tequila for more than four years is a matter of controversy. Many tequila producers oppose doing so because they feel that "excessive" oak aging will overwhelm distinctive and delicate earthy, fruity, and vegetal agave flavor notes.

Top Picks for Extra Anejo Tequila

Tequila Tapatío Excelencia Extra Añejo
98 points
Bronze color. Aromas of fresh lumber, luxury tobacco, caramel, prune, eucalyptus, and vanilla-scented black tea with a fat body and a very long cherry-almond, dark roasted agave, sandalwood, baking spices, and root beer finish. A superlative sipping tequila that combines elegant wood with rustic, authentic agave flavors; an outstanding spirit.
Awards: 2018 Best Extra Añejo Tequila
El Tesoro Paradiso Tequila
97 points
Gold color. Attractive aromas of cedar, caramel, crushed pineapple, eucalyptus-vanilla, and fine tea with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, complex, very long allspice, lime leaf, dried mango, smoke, and sea salt finish. Exotic aromas and superb integration make this the Cognac or Single Malt-lovers Tequila; a must-try.
Awards: 2019 Best Extra Añejo Tequila
97 points $129.99
Alquimia Reserva de Oro 14 yr Organic Extra Añejo Tequila
96 points
Golden amber color. Aromas of cream puff, toasted panettone, bananas foster, and polished fine furniture with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry medium body and a warming, complex, medium-long honey-roasted nuts, peppered crackers, spiced tea, and sweet corn finish. A pastry shop of creamy flavors and well-integrated oak awaits the contemplative sipper; dry and balanced
Alquimia Reserva de Oro 14 Years Barrel Strength Organic Extra Añejo Tequila
96 points
Amber color. Spicy aromas and flavors of dark caramel on rye, cedar plank, galangal, nutmeg, dark chocolate, cinnamon, cardamom, and toasted almonds with a slightly chewy, lively, fruity medium-full body and a warming, complex, very long finish evoking notes of flamed orange, toffee, flan, and dark roasted agave finish. A rich and decadent Extra Añejo Tequila with excellent intensity of flavor and memorable style.
Olamendi’s Ultra Premium Organic Extra Añejo Tequila
96 points
Brilliant golden amber color. Savory, rustic aromas and flavors of peppered prosciutto, smoked pear, bread and butter pickles, marinated artichoke hearts, grilled pineapple and sweet peppers, chocolate dipped orange peel, and cherry wood with a round, vibrant, fruity medium body and a warming, very complex, very long finish that exhibits notes of oregano, elotes, fine tobacco, and desert grasses finish. A wildly attractive and complex Extra Añejo with authentic style and a smoky edge; sip with respect.
El Tesoro Extra Anejo Tequila
95 points
Straw yellow color. Aromas and flavors of golden carrot, sassafras, chamomile tea, milk and honey, turmeric, and spice cabinet with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a warming, complex, medium-long finish revealing accents of orange mint cream. A cheerful, floral Extra Añejo that offers restrained use of oak and agave-forward flavor; atypically fresh and youthful.
95 points $99.99
Alquimia Reserva de Don Adolfo Organic Extra Anejo Tequila
95 points
Golden amber color. Aromas of caramel, honeysuckle, sassafras, thyme, and orgeat with a velvety, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, medium-length creamy caramel, nougat, and milk chocolate finish. A decadent, creamy candy bar of an Añejo; sip with pleasure; bourbon-lovers need apply.
Gran Centenario Leyenda Tequila Extra Añejo
93 points
Amber color. Aromas of spiced apricot chutney, parmesan, toasted rye with butter and sugar, and onion jam with a round, crisp, fruity medium body and a polished, layered, long cedar, tobacco, praline, creme brulee, coffee gelato, and molasses cookies finish. A delicious, lengthy Extra Añejo Tequila that offers layers and layers of complex flavors; try this.
93 points $138.99
Alquimia Reserva de Don Adolfo VI Organic Extra Añejo Tequila
92 points
Light gold color. Aromas of graham cracker, caramel-drizzled pear tart, bourbon barrel, sugar daddy candies, and honey with a slightly chewy, crisp, dryish light body and a tingling, medium-length vanilla shortbread and oats with brown sugar and cinnamon finish. A chewy Extra Añejo that will shine in cocktails, neat, and on the rocks.
Jose Cuervo Reserva de la Familia Tequila Extra Añejo
91 points
Copper color. Oaky aromas and flavors of toasted croissant with sour cream and honey, leather, spice cake, and apple tart with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, distinctive, medium-long finish with notes of sweet plantain, flan, and cinnamon swirl toast with butter finish. A delicious, lengthy tequila that will please most any Añejo Tequila lover; try with cigars.
91 points $165.99