Top Rated Añejo Tequila Gift Ideas

Have a tequila aficionado on your gift list? These top rated añejo tequilas would be a great find under the Christmas tree.
Dec 14, 2016
  • 10
    10 Casamigos Añejo Tequila
    90
    Spicy
    Produced at the Productos Finos de Agave (NOM 1416), this tequila is produced from agaves from the Highlands of Jalisco. This añejo tequila has been aged for 14 months in reconditioned whiskey barrels. And yes, this is George Clooney's tequila.
  • 9
    9 Milagro Select Barrel Reserve Añejo Tequila
    90
    Sweet
    Milagro uses 100% blue weber agave from the Highlands of Jalisco to produce their tequilas. It is triple rather than double distilled, the latter of which is more common in tequila production. Milagro Select Barrel Reserve Añejo Tequila is aged from 12-24 months in a combination of French and American oak. Individually handcrafted bottles are created by glass artisans, each one hand numbered with a beautiful hand-blown agave plant inside.
  • 8
    8 Villa Lobos Añejo Tequila
    92
    Rich & Sweet
    Originally created for the UK market, the latest offering from legend Carlos Camarena is now also available in the US. Carlos Camarena is synonymous with integrity and quality in the agave world so when he has a new offering, agave aficionados take note. Sourced from the Camarena family plantations in Los Altos, Jalisco, the agaves used are matured to maximum ripeness. Their añejo expression is then aged for 24 months in American oak cask and rested in stainless-steel tanks for another six months.
  • 7
    7 123 Organic Añejo (Tres) Tequila
    93
    Rich & Spicy
    Uno Dos Tres is an Organic tequila brand created by David Ravandi. The añejo (also called “Tres” or 3) is aged for 18 months in white oak. The tequila is sourced from the Tequila Valley (aka Lowlands) and is certified organic by the USDA and the EU.
  • 6
    6 Tequila ArteNOM Selección de 1146 Añejo
    94
    Rich & Sweet
    It’s a unique approach utilizing former cabernet franc wine casks sourced from the Loire Valley in France for the maturation of this tequila. Enrique Fonseca, master mezcalero (distiller), uses these wine casks to age 60% of this tequila for 2 years and the remaining 40% for 3 years. He then ages them together for an additional year in American white oak barrels. ArteNOM is a project that “Las Joyas del Agave” has created to bring you special expressions from the some of the best distilleries or “NOMs” in Jalisco. The number 1146 represents the NOM where this tequila is distilled.
  • 5
    5 t1 Tequila Añejo Estelar
    94
    Sweet & Earthy
    This is a 100% Highland blue agave tequila created by Master Distiller Germán González. HIs father created the Chinaco brand back in the 1970’s and Germán follows suit by creating his own brand. Autoclaves (industrial pressure cookers) are used for cooking the agaves which are cooked for 20 hours before double distillation. The añejo is aged between 20-24 months in used Scotch barrels and is bottled in a distinctive, Aladdin-shaped bottle.
  • 4
    4 Tequila Tapatio Añejo
    94
    Rich & Sweet
    Tapatio is produced at La Alteña distillery in Jalisco, where generations of the Camarena family have been making tequila, mostly for local consumption. This a joint project between Carlos Camarena and Marko Karakasevic of Charbay Winery & Distillery in Napa. The 100% estate-grown blue agave is roasted for 4 days and fermented with a proprietary yeast culture that dates back 75 years. It's double-distilled in copper pot stills, aged 18 months in ex-bourbon barrels and undiluted to retain natural flavors.
  • 3
    3 Dulce Vida Añejo 100 Proof Tequila
    95
    Rich & Spicy
    The tequila uses organic agaves from the Los Altos region near Nayarit. The piñas are autoclaved for 20 hours, fermented with proprietary yeast, and triple-distilled. The añejo is aged 18 months in used bourbon barrels, yielding a dark straw color. This is bottled at 100 proof.
  • 2
    2 Don Julio Añejo Tequila
    95
    Rich & Spicy
    The añejo from Don Julio is aged for 18 months in American oak from agaves sourced in the Highlands of Jalisco. Don Julio is named for its founder, Don Julio González Estrada who founded the distillery in 1942.
  • 1
    1 Chinaco Añejo Tequila
    96
    Rich & Oily
    Chinaco is the only brand of tequila made in the northern state of Tamaulipas, and in fact the owner of the distillery had to fight to have it included in the designated area for tequila production. These tequilas are distilled from Tamaulipas-grown agave both from the highlands and near the coast, as well as a small amount harvested from Jalisco. The añejo is aged two and a half years in casks formerly used to mature Glenlivet single malt (90%) and ex-Bourbon barrels (10%).