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For those who have only tried the shiny white and honeyed reposados, anjo tequilas can be a revelation. Aged between one and three years, the añejos are particularly rich and complex. Time in the barrel yields plenty of vanilla, dried fruit and spice flavors, all meant to slow down and savor. Think of them as sipping tequilas.
And that’s just the starting point. Producers are also experimenting with aging tequila in barrels that previously held other liquids, some for the full duration of the aging process, others for shorter times as a new finish. Wine aficionados in particular will want to look to producers like Don Fulano, working with French wine barrels, while bourbon aficionados might be interested in the ongoing experimental line of Sazerac’s Corazón Expresiones series, which rests its añejo in rare Stagg and Weller bourbon casks, among others. Although these casks bring their own unique character, the undertones of the agave still shine through, a sign of a well-made añejo.
Think of them as sipping tequilas.
For those looking for something a little more extreme, there is always an extra añejo, aged three or more. Often these are available in limited quantities and aimed at the luxury market. Additional time on oak can develop deep notes of caramel and cocoa, similar to some cognacs or older whiskeys.
It should be noted that these reviews also include a selection of crystalline, an emerging category in the Tequila space. Cristalino, which means crystalline in Spanish, is an oak-aged tequila filtered with charcoal for clarity. In keeping with the añejo theme, we have focused on añejo crystalline, although reposado crystalline also exist.
Designed to be smooth and easy to sip, many have a slight sweetness, accompanied by subtle honey, almond or coconut tones. Much like their traditional tawny-hued brethren, Añejos Cristalino are ideal for sipping and savoring.
Bribon Tequila Anejo; $30. Buy on Drizly. Light, fresh aromas reminiscent of honeysuckle and a hint of pear… SEE NOTE AND FULL REVIEW
Tequila Casa Komos Añejo Cristalino; $120. Buy on Drizly. This Tequila was aged in French oak barrels for white wine, filtered for clarity, then aerated in clay amphoras… SEE THE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW
Corazón Expressions George T. Stagg Añejo Tequila; $80. Buy on Total Wine & More. This tequila was aged 22 months in casks that previously contained George T. Stagg bourbon, resulting in a pale straw hue and aromas of coconut and almond… SEE THE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW
Don Fulano Añejo Tequila; $80. Buy on Drizly. Aged in a blend of barrels that previously held Burgundy, Bordeaux and Loire wines, this complex Tequila is one to savour… SEE THE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW
El Diamante Del Cielo Tequila Añejo; $60. Buy on Wine-Searcher. Aged for up to four years in small oak barrels, this tequila delivers candy-like aromas and flavors… SEE THE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW
Tequila El Tequileño Añejo Gran Reserva, $90. Buy on Drizly. This tequila has a golden, shiny appearance and aromas of butter and toast… SEE THE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW
Familia Camarena Añejo Tequila, $30. Buy on Drizly. Look for a shiny, golden appearance and light aromas that blend coconut and fresh jalapeño… SEE THE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW
Tequila Pasote Extra Añejo, $190. Buy on Drizly. Crisp, bright aromas of tropical fruit and honey seduce… SEE THE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW
Patrón Sherry Cask Aged Añejo Tequila, $80. Buy on Drizly. This is a limited production Tequila matured for over two years in oloroso Sherry casks… SEE THE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW
Partida Roble Fino Añejo Tequila; $125. Buy on Total Wine & More. This is completed for five months in casks that previously held single malt whiskey, and Sherry before that… SEE THE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW
Tequila Severo Añejo Cristalino, $80. Buy on Total Wine & More. Some crystallines seem designed to eliminate the character of Tequila; this one honors its roots… SEE THE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW
Tepozan Añejo Tequila, $65. Buy on Drizly. The bold aroma blends jalapeño and agave nectar, plus a hint of weed… SEE THE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW
Tequila Teremana Añejo, $40. Buy on ReserveBar. The new expression of the brand supported by Dwayne Johnson offers tangy aromas of jalapeño and vanilla… SEE THE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW
Tequila Enemigo 00 Extra Añejo, $170. Buy on Drizly. This burnished golden tequila opens with aromas of allspice and cinnamon… SEE THE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW
Tequila Ocho Añejo, $70. Buy on Drizly. A particularly light and vegetal version of the añejo. Look for a pale straw hue and sweet, peppery aromas, plus a hint of gunflint… SEE THE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW
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Posted on March 23, 2022