Because añejo and extra añejo tequilas are very expensive styles of tequilas to produce and therefore buy, they represent the most premium bottles of tequila available.
All of the large premium brands, including Patrón, Don Julio, and 1800 have their own bottles of well aged tequila, which possess a variety of complex flavours.
Patrón’s standard añejo, which is aged for over 12 months, is golden amber in colour, imparts flavours of oak, honey, vanilla, and raisins, and is known for its smoky finish.
Their bottle of extra añejo, however, builds upon these flavours and shares more oak and vanilla notes, backed by a light agave sweetness and a finish of dried fruits.
Don Julio, on the other hand, ages their bottle of standard añejo for 18 months in American white oak barrels, allowing it to reflect flavours of agave, honey, and butterscotch, followed by a gentle peppery finish.
Remaining in the upper echelon of aged tequilas, 1800 age their standard bottle of añejo for 14 months in French oak, which shares flavours of peppery spice, oak, butterscotch, and vanilla.
If looking for bottles of well aged tequila outside of the premium price point, El Jimador and Espolon both produce quality examples of 100% blue agave añejo that can still easily be enjoyed on their own.
With these representing the biggest brands in aged tequila, the bottles above are all made to be of the highest quality and complexity, making it easy to savour them on their own.
For other bottle options in this category of spirit, explore the products mentioned in this article.
How to Drink Añejo & Extra Añejo Tequila
Being the most complex and well crafted bottles of tequila on the market, the well aged añejo and extra añejo styles are made to be consumed on their own either neat or over ice.
Often containing delicate flavours of oak, honey, butterscotch, light pepper, smoke, and agave, blending these products into cocktails or other mixed drinks is likely to mask many of these subtle flavours and ruin the tasting experience.
If choosing to use these bottles of tequila as the basis for cocktails, be sure to use them in those that allow for the true expression of the base spirit to remain at the forefront of the tasting experience.
With this in mind, common examples include the tequila old fashioned, en rosa, or añejo spicy margarita, as these will allow the complex flavours in the aged spirit to shine through.
Pairing Food with Añejo & Extra Añejo Tequila