Top Rated Extra Añejo Tequilas

Extra Añejo Tequilas must be aged for a minimum of 3 years before making their way into the world for our consumption. These are some of the Tasting Table's favorites!
Aug 17, 2016
  • 10
    10 Fuenteseca Reserva Extra Añejo Tequila 12 Años
    94
    Rich
    The 12 year old Fuenteseca Añejo is produced from two types of stills and aged in two types of barrels.The spirit was distilled in June 2001. 80% of the distillate comes from alembic copper pot stills and 20% comes from copper double-column stills. 90% of the spirit went into American white oak barrels previously used to age red wine from California, and 10% went into used dark French oak barrels. These barrels were aged for twelve years at 3,800' elevation in cool-climate conditions, and the spirit is bottled at 45% ABV.
  • 9
    9 Avión Reserva 44 Extra Añejo
    94
    Rich & Spicy
    This extra añejo tequila uses agaves matured from 7-10 years harvested from Los Altos in Jalisco. The agaves are roasted for 72 hours in brick ovens before crushing, fermenting, and distilling. Uniquely, after distillation, the spirit goes through Avión's proprietary ultra-slow filtration method before it enters the barrel. It's aged a total of 44 months--43 months in large oak barrels and the final month in specially selected "petite barrels", which are rotated daily. Each bottle is hand-numbered and signed by Avión founder, Ken Austin.
  • 8
    8 123 Organic Extra Añejo Diablito Tequila
    95
    Sweet & Rich
    "Diablito" translates to "the little devil," a play here on the phrase "the devil is in the details." The agave used in this tequila is grown using certified organic methods at 6,000 feet above sea level, in the Tierra Roja soils of the Amatitan region of Jalisco. The spirit is aged for 3 years and four months in new, lightly-charred French oak. Released annually in limited quantities.
  • 7
    7 Don Pilar Extra Añejo Tequila
    95
    Rich & Sweet
    Don Pilar Extra Añejo is tequila distilled from 100% blue agave grown in the Los Altos (Highlands) region of Jalisco, on five ranches owned by the distillery near the town of San José de Gracia. This Extra Añejo ages for 3 years in American white oak before it finishes an additional 4 months in French Limousin oak. Each bottle is hand-signed by distiller Don José Pilar Contreras Marquez and packaged in wooden gift boxes.
  • 6
    6 Fuenteseca Reserva Extra Añejo Tequila 21 Años
    95
    Sweet
    Master distiller Enrique Fonseca crafted this spirit with the goal of producing the world's longest-aged tequila. Unlike most other releases in the 2015 line, which incorporate at least some tequila produced in pot stills, the 21 year old is produced exclusively in copper double-column stills. Most of the spirit was placed into barrels used to age Canadian rye whiskey, along with one barrel previously used to age California white wine. These spent ten years in Atotonilco el Alto before being moved to Chapingo for an additional eleven years. It is bottled at 43.5% ABV.
  • 5
    5 Arta Tequila Extra Añejo
    96
    Rich & Sweet
    Arta Tequila is a family-owned brand located in the Tequila Valley region of El Arenal, Jalisco. They pride themselves on their sustainable practices and while they are not certified organic, grow their agave without the use of pesticides. This Extra Añejo is aged a whopping 5 years, with 3 of those years spent in American white oak (ex-Heaven Hill bourbon barrels) and a 50/50 split for the remaining two years in a combination of ex-Cognac and ex-sherry barrels.
  • 4
    4 Tears of Llorona Extra Añejo Tequila
    96
    Rich & Spicy
    Germán González puts his tears and his heart into a distinctive, etched bottle with the classic Llorona legend on the back. Extra-mature agaves are selected and a proprietary yeast strain is used in a slow fermentation. Oak barrels which aged Scotch, sherry and cognac are used for maturation and aged for around five years. The blend is made with the goal of achieving a cognac or single-malt level of complexity. While most tequila is aged at 80 proof, this is bottled at 86 proof. The release will always be limited, according to González.
  • 3
    3 Dulce Vida Extra Añejo Tequila
    97
    Rich & Spicy
    The extra añejo is aged over five years in used merlot and cabernet savuignon wine barrels from Napa Valley's Rombauer yielding a dark amber color with glints of ruby. Their agaves are 100% organic and like all of their releases, is 100 proof.
  • 2
    2 Tequila Tapatio Excelencia Gran Reserva Lot 1
    97
    Rich & Sweet
    Tapatio is the partnership between Marko Karakasevic of Charbay Distillery in northern California with Master Distiller Carlos Camarena at La Alteña distillery in Jalisco. Excelencia Gran Reserva Lot 1 was distilled in 1996 and aged in char no. 4 new American oak for four years. Here's where it gets crazy - then it was rested in 5 liter glass vessels before bottling in 2013. Spirits can't evolve in glass, you say? Well, agave breaks all the rules.
  • 1
    1 Fuenteseca Reserva Extra Añejo Tequila 9 Años
    98
    Fruity & Rich
    Enrique Fonseca's massive Tequileña distillery is a veritable laboratory of tequila production and the experimental lots of extra añejo that comprise the Fuenteseca project were never intended for commercial sale. These barrels were laid down in a subterranean cellar, where the cool environment was intended to allow them to age for years beyond what was otherwise considered desirable. This single-harvest tequila is a blend of column- and pot-distilled products which were vatted together before being aged in American oak ex-red wine barrels (85%) and used French oak (15%). This is the youngest batch of Fuenteseca but is still eons older than almost anything else on the market.