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Best Añejo and Extra Añejo Tequila

There are well over 1500 different tequilas currently being produced in Mexico. Since our last añejo tasting, 100% blue agave tequila’s popularity has exploded with new brands, the ever-increasing awareness of premium reposados and añejos, and the development of a "new" expression of extra añejo.

All tequilas start out as Blanco, with portions set aside for aging. Añejo must be barreled in wood for at least one year, up to three years. Each distillery has its own preference for the type of barrel used in aging – made mostly from French oak or white oak. The newest classification, Extra-Añejo, are aged for three years or more. Añejo and Extra Añejo tequilas take time to produce, so they are best enjoyed straight up and sipped slowly.

 

The Fifty Best Añejo Tequila Tasting

 

The Tasting:
The Fifty Best held a “blind” tasting of 20 premium añejo and extra añejo tequilas with 18 pre-qualified judges. Strict tasting rules were applied. The order of service was established beforehand by lottery. Each of the tequilas were poured into fresh glasses from new sealed bottles, and served at slightly above room temperature. Only ice water and neutral unsalted chips and crackers were available to cleanse the palate.

The añejos and extra añejos were tasted and scored separately in groupings, with medals awarded on the basis of the judging panels’ rating of all tequilas from that group. The judges wrote down their impressions of each product on score sheets. The scoring was done on a 5-point system, with 5 as the best. Double-Gold and Gold medals were awarded according to a set range of final point scores received from the judges. This tasting was exceptionally competitive and the scores were high overall. There were no Silver or Bronze medals awarded in this tasting.

The tasting notes that follow are summaries of the judges’ opinions, with all replicated commentary eliminated. The municipalities of origin are identified for each brand.

 

AÑEJO TEQUILA TASTING RESULTS:

 

Loma Azul Gran Reserva Añejo Tequila

DOUBLE-GOLD MEDAL WINNERS:

Loma Azul Gran Reserva
(Arandas, Alto Sur)

Nose: Creamy, butter, caramel, honey, vanilla, toasted marshmallow, citrus, melon, agave, dried herbs, floral.
Palate: Brown sugar, honey, buttery, caramel, creamy, roasted melon, dried fruit, tropical fruit, lemon peel, fried plantain, agave, carnation, floral, black pepper, oaky, smoke, well rounded, well balanced, superb.
Finish: Almond, toasted corn, raisins, spicy, soft, rich.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal



Suerte
(Atotonilco El Alto)

Nose: Candied yam, mango, black cherry, cocoa, vanilla, almond, tea, some mint, subtle herbal, smoke, maritime.
Palate: Brown sugar, molasses, passion fruit, melon, dried fruit, sweet corn, creamy, chocolate, almond, herbs, complex mint, spice, well balanced.
Finish: Caramel, brown sugar, cocoa, toffee, wheat, tobacco, mint, spice, smooth, oak.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal



Suerte Añejo Tequila


Calavera Añejo Tequila

Calavera
(Tequila)

Nose: Toffee, vanilla, honey, raisin, lemon. verbena, chardonnay, coffee, bell pepper, agave, tree bark, leather.
Palate: Coconut, sweet fruit, raisin, dried fruit, cotton cake, creamy, honey, brown sugar, sweet pepper, agave, garam masala, spice, hay.
Finish: Caramel, toffee, hint of vanilla, dried fruit, lemon, tobacco, oak, smoke.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal


Mar Azul
(Amatitán, Lowlands)

Nose: Maple, cooked agave, corn, raisins, clover, herb, light musk, sweet leather notes.
Palate: Honey, molasses, caramel, toffee, dried fruit, raisin, corn, palm, melon, barley, eucalyptus, agave, hint of tobacco, cinnamon, spice, smoke, oak, earthy back palate, very complex, a pleasure.
Finish: Sweet corn, creamy, honey, herb, spice, cinnamon, cigar box.


Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal



Mar Azul Añejo Tequila


Crótalo Añejo Tequila



GOLD MEDAL WINNERS:

Crótalo
(Arandas, Alto Sur)

Nose: Caramel, sweet butter, honey, melon, star fruit, herbs, spice.
Palate: Toffee, butterscotch, caramel, honey, vanilla, creamy, banana, raisins, agave, herbs, grass, wheat, wood, oak.
Finish: Fried plantain, hazelnut, agave, dried chili notes, spice, smoke, wood, oak, beautiful.

Gold Medal
Gold medal




El Jimador
(Amatitán, Lowlands)

Nose: Dried agave, sweet grass, flower bouquet, floral, Lipton tea, herbal, honey, tropical fruit.
Palate: Toffee, caramel, brown sugar, honey, peach, tropical fruit, dried fruit, raisins, pine, eucalyptus, herb, spicy, well balanced.
Finish: Caramel, star fruit, roasted almonds, herbs, spicy, peppery.

Gold Medal
Gold medal



El Jimador Añejo Tequila


El Tequileño 50th Anniversary Añejo Tequila




El Tequileño 50th Anniversary
(Tequila)

Nose: Caramel, brown sugar, butterscotch, vanilla, cotton candy, toast, agave, dandelion, meadow.
Palate: Dried fruit, vanilla, creamy, silky, citrus, herb, grassy, floral, spicy, smoky, musk, oak, woody, wood bark.
Finish: Creamy, vanilla, lemon, dried fruit, awesome spice, wood notes, oak.

Gold Medal
Gold medal



Herradura
(Amatitán, Lowlands)

Nose: Caramel, toffee, light brown sugar, dried fruit, citrus, pineapple, raisins, agave, grass, mint, slight menthol, licorice, herbs, spice, earth, oak, balanced.
Finish: Vanilla, dried fruit, raisins, citrus, floral, palm tree fiber, nutty.

Gold Medal
Gold medal



Herradura Añejo Tequila


Corralejo 99,000 Horas Edicion Conmemorativa Añejo Tequila



Corralejo 99,000 Horas Edicion Conmemorativa
(Penjamo, Guanajuato)

Nose: Dried fruit, tropical fruit, green plantains, roasted agave, butter, honeysuckle, flowers, oak.
Palate: Butterscotch, caramel, toffee, molasses, honey, star fruit, banana leaf, tropical fruit, grape, slight citrus, floral, herbs, dry sake, light wood.
Finish: Banana, dried fruit, fruity, brown sugar, caramel, herbs, herbaceous, spice, mineral.

Gold Medal
Gold medal



Capote
(Arandas, Alto Sur)

Nose: Vanilla, honey, butterscotch, butter, cream, sweet melon, citrus, floral, agave, wood.
Palate: Tropical fruit, papaya, melon, lemon, dried fruit, honey, butterscotch, toffee, light vanilla, grass, creamy coffee, tobacco, spicy, wood, oak.
Finish: Creamy, agave, bell pepper, herbs, spice, earthy, mild smoke.

Gold Medal
Gold medal



Capote Añejo Tequila


Don Felix Añejo Tequila



Don Felix
(Arandas, Alto Sur)

Nose: Dried fruit, dried pineapple, honey, almond, cucumber, grass, herbal, dusty, oak.
Palate: Pineapple, lemon, orange, bell pepper, agave, dried fruit, brown sugar, honey, vanilla, creamy, cereal, oats, barley, herbal, carnation, grass, anise, cinnamon.
Finish: Herbs, spice, pepper, grapefruit, light smoke.

Gold Medal
Gold medal



Bracero Añejo Tequila



Bracero
(El Arenal, Highlands)

Nose: Butterscotch, honey, coconut, rosewater, floral, herbal, tanned leather, pine, dusty, cigar box.
Palate: Toffee, honey, vanilla, dried fruits, tobacco, herbs, mineral, sage, spice, tree bark, pine, old oak, wood, smoke, balanced, well rounded.
Finish: Dried fruit, raisins, nutty, smoky.

Gold Medal
Gold medal





Centinela
(Arandas, Alto Sur)

Nose: Toffee, butterscotch, vanilla, coffee, star fruit, pineapple, tropical fruit, agave, clove, nutmeg.
Palate: Passion fruit, dried fruit, caramel, brown sugar, bell pepper, pepper, spice, hint of nuts, wood, silky.
Finish: Citrus, toasted palm, grassy, spice, oaky, clean, smooth.

Gold Medal
Gold medal



Centinela Añejo Tequila


Amate Añejo Tequila



Amate
(Tesistán, Zapopan)

Nose: Caramel, honey, vanilla, cream, butter rum, apricot, fruity, touch of citrus, floral, spice, hay, leather, wood.
Palate: Butterscotch, brown sugar, creamy, raisin, honey dew, melon, musk, spice, almond, oak, woody, mellow.
Finish: Dried fruit, raisins, spice, peppery, earthy, light smoke.

Gold Medal
Gold medal



Dulce Vida Organic Lone Star Edition II
(Arandas, Alto Sur)

Nose: Nuts, amaretto, cotton candy, citrus, agave, herbal, touch of wood barrel.
Palate: Anise, mint, agave, grass, herbal, dried herbs, spice, spicy, pepper, tobacco, wood, full, rich.
Finish: Lemon, mint, spice, toffee, tobacco, smoke.

Gold Medal
Gold medal



Dulce Vida Organic Lone Star Edition II Añejo Tequila




EXTRA AÑEJO TEQUILA TASTING RESULTS:

 


Barón Extra Añejo Tequila


DOUBLE-GOLD MEDAL WINNERS:

Barón

(Tequila)

Nose: Toffee, light caramel, cane sugar, tropical, kiwi, grapefruit, grape, dried orange peel, spicy.
Palate: Butterscotch, caramel, honey, dried fruit, raisins, coffee, herbal notes, cloves, cactus, light smoke, balanced, beautiful.
Finish: Rose hips, toast, clean, rich, super smooth, gentle, beautiful, lovely.


Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal



Pura Vida
(Arandas, Alto Sur)

Nose: Caramel, toffee, butterscotch, vanilla, honey, brown sugar, raw chocolate, caramelized banana, Twizzler, fresh star fruit, melon, floral, oak.
Palate: Vanilla, honey, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, velvet character, pecan, banana, tropical fruit, dried fruit, agave, herbs, eucalyptus, whiskey, light wood, oak, earth, very smooth.
Finish: Herbal, white pepper, spicy, tobacco, oak, earth, mellow.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal



Pura Vida Extra Añejo Tequila



Centinela 3 Años Añejo Tequila



GOLD MEDAL WINNERS:

Centinela 3 Años
(Arandas, Alto Sur)

Nose: Honey, butterscotch, brown sugar, some vanilla, fruit, caramelized plantain, platanos, maple, flowers, tobacco, fresh forest.
Palate: Brown sugar, vanilla, honey, caramel, maple, tropical fruit, citrus, apple, agave, baked waffle, toast, coffee, faint wood, oak.
Finish: Beautiful corn cake, buttery, fried plantain, herbs, spice, pepper, coffee, oak.

Gold Medal
Gold medal



Dulce Vida Organic Aged 5 Years
(Arandas, Alto Sur)

Nose: Brown sugar, caramel, cream, molasses, honeysuckle, maple, cantaloupe, mandarin orange, green apple, dried fruit, aged rum, earth, wood.
Palate: Caramel, sugar cane, molasses, banana, corn, almond, palm, herbs, dried dark fruit, burnt coffee, bourbon-like, brine, spice, peppery, white pepper, earthy.
Finish: Toasted almonds, yellow star fruit, honey, spicy.


Gold Medal
Gold medal



Dulce Vida Organic Extra Añejo Aged 5 Years



Number JUAN Extra Añejo Tequila



Number JUAN
(Amatitán, Lowlands)

Nose: Toasted coconut, vanilla, butter, butterscotch, cola, watermelon candy, agave, subtle bark, smoky.
Palate: Pineapple, citrus, agave, honey, caramel, anise, herbs, spice, moss, toast, light tobacco.
Finish: Subtle spice, peppery, tobacco, cigar ash, wood, mellow.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

 

 

 

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