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

1800 Milenio Extra Añejo Tequila
97 points
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of cherry herring, ripe and medicinal cherry, highland scotch finished in sherry barrels, honeyed pastry dough, bread pudding, pecan pie, and cocoa butter with a round, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, long finish with notes of dark honey, dried grass, mixed honey roasted nuts, pears, grilled pineapple, and payday candy bar. A beautiful expression of an extra añejo sure to be a special sipper for any agave fan.
El Tesoro Paradiso Tequila Extra Añejo
97 points
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.
Awards: 2021 Best Tequila
Alquimia Reserva De Oro XIV Organic Extra Añejo Tequila
96 points
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of spiced nuts and dried fruits, cherry cola, praline, and pepper and coriander with a supple, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a warming, layered, very long finish conveying nuances of spiced grilled pineapple, guava and yellow peppers, horchata, and milk and honey. A robust powerhouse of an extra añejo that bursts with flavor and begs for attention; try with a few drops of water and cigars.
Jose Cuervo Reserva De La Familia Extra Añejo Tequila
95 points
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of incense, cola float, caramel-berry cobbler, and propolis with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity fat body and an effortless, elegant, long finish with notes of cocoa, chalk, brown butter, green and black pepper, and carob. A rich and nicely poised extra añejo that will be very versatile.
El Tesoro Extra Añejo Tequila
95 points
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.
Gran Centenario Leyenda Extra Añejo Tequila
94 points
Golden amber color. Meaty, mature, herbal, green, fruity aromas of smoky, sweet, savory, chocolate covered bacon, herb crusted salmon on cedar plank, cedar, pine tar, rye whiskey, and overwhelming barrel with a round, full body and a long burned sugars, coffee bean, bbq, and banana finish. A smoky, sweet, and savory Extra Aged Tequila that shines whether on its own or front and center in a cocktail.
Alquimia Reserva De Don Adolfo 6 yr Extra Añejo Tequila
94 points
Gold color. Aromas of cola and sassafras floats, white chocolate cherry nut fudge, exotic spiced chai, and seared cedar and sandalwood with a silky, bright, fruity medium-full body and a sleek, complex, long horchata, dried fruits, spumoni, and chocolate nuts finish. A well-balanced extra Añejo with great drinkability and complexity.
Alquimia Reserva De Don Adolfo VI Organic Extra Añejo Tequila
93 points
Golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of shoe polish, new leather, play doh, silly putty, solventy whisky, malted grains, leather, cocoa, and dusty grains with a glycerous, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, intricate, medium-long finish with overtones of dates, dark honey, banana bread, mole sauce, flavored tobacco, caramel, aged too long, plums, cognac, kit kat bars, and cayenne pepper. A special occasion extra añejo sipper with rich aromas and flavors.
Lobos 1707 Extra Añejo Tequila
93 points
Clear gold color. Nutty, sweet, toasty, creamy aromas and flavors of dill, marjoram, orange peel, creme brulee, and cherry cola with a round, shy, moderately sweet medium body and a peppery, interesting, medium-length finish conveying touches of creme brulee, dried cherry, and cola. A wonderfully rich and creamy extra añejo sipper that will be great with cigars too.
Veneno Single Estate Extra Anejo Tequila
93 points
Golden amber color. Inviting aromas and flavors of spiced melon and guava, sassafras, nougat, and vanilla-cherry candle with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and an even, appealing, medium-long finish that exhibits shades of cola nut, sweet and peppery spice melange, rum-soaked coconut cake, tobacco, and berry tea. A delightfully balanced, nuanced, and inviting oak-forward Extra Añejo sipper that is sure to please.