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
$150
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 Extra Añejo
97 points
$180
Gold color. Inviting aromas of roasted nuts, candied cherries, vanilla bean, and sweet blossoms with a velvety, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a peppery, intriguing, very long ripe melons, toffee, and white pepper finish. A tantalizing melange of complex flavors that reward each sip.
1800 Milenio Extra Añejo Tequila
96 points
$250
Amber color. Aromas of toffee coated popcorn, peanuts, warm Madeira cake, and prunes with a satiny, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a graceful, elegant, very long allspice, mint tea, candied ginger, honey, and saffron finish. A richly flavored Extra Añejo Tequila with herbal complexity and fine balance that will keep you returning for more.
Alquimia Reserva de Oro 14 yr Organic Extra Añejo Tequila
96 points
$250
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
$250
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
$300
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 Añejo Tequila
95 points
$150
Straw yellow color. Savory aromas and flavors of olives, hard cheese, relish, pickled root vegetables and sweet peppers, and lemongrass chutney with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, thought-provoking, very long finish that exhibits shades of cherry cola float, spiced nuts, tropical fruits, and horchata creme brulée. A spectacularly flavorful and thrilling extra Añejo that invigorates the senses and the soul.
Jose Cuervo Reserva De La Familia Extra Añejo Tequila
95 points
$199
Amber color. Aromas of molasses, roasted figs, honey cake, green apples, pecan praline, and chocolate ganache with a slightly chewy, crisp, dryish medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long rye toast, ginger bread, caraway, and caramel finish. A robust and chewy Extra Añejo Tequila with dry and spicy style.
Alquimia Reserva de Don Adolfo Organic Extra Anejo Tequila
95 points
$135
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 Extra Anejo Tequila
93 points
$160
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of cola, cinnamon, sweet almond pastry, plum tart, chocolate covered toffee, and cassis preserves with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, complex, long finish that shows notes of mesquite, molasses, leather, and orange zest. An exceptionally smooth and mild Extra Añejo Tequila for slow sipping; great for Rum drinkers and cigar pairings.