The Best 6 Tequilas That Are Aged in Bourbon Barrels
Tequila is a Mexican spirit made from the blue agave plant. It is typically clear, but it can also be amber-colored. Amber tequila is known as "reposado" and has been aged in oak barrels for at least two months. Aged tequila has a smoother flavor than reposado and is often compared to scotch or whiskey. One type of aged tequila is "añejo," which is aged in bourbon barrels for at least one year. Here are six of the best añejo tequilas that are aged in bourbon barrels.
1. Casa Noble Añejo Tequila
This añejo tequila from Casa Noble is aged for 14 months in American white oak bourbon barrels. It has aromas of citrus, vanilla, and wood, with flavors of cooked agave, oak, and honey. The finish is long and smooth.
2. Espolon Añejo Tequila
Espolon's añejo tequila is aged for 12 months in ex-bourbon barrels. It has aromas of oak and vanilla, with flavors of honeysuckle, cinnamon, and roasted agave. The finish is smooth and sweet.
3. Hornitos Añejo Tequila
Hornitos' añejo tequila is aged for 12 months in ex-bourbon barrels. It has aromas of caramel, vanilla, and oak, with flavors of butterscotch, chocolate, and spice. The finish is smooth with a touch of sweetness.
4. Jose Cuervo Reserva de la Familia Añejo Tequila
This añejo tequila from Jose Cuervo is aged for 3 years in French white oak bourbon barrels. It has aromas of oak and vanilla, with flavors of caramel, chocolate, and coffee. The finish is super smooth with just a touch of sweetness.
5. Patrón Añejo Tequila
Patrón's añejo tequila is aged for 12 months in ex-bourbon barrels from Kentucky and Tennessee. It has aromas of citrus, floral, woody spices, and cooked agave, with flavors of honey, vanilla bean, persimmon fruitiness, balanced by dried plum skin astringency similar to Cabernet Sauvignon wine tannins . The Aleppo pepper spiciness imparted by the barrel char flavor component are extracted during the repurposing process used to create the barrel staves, used to age this tequila expression profile.. The finish features subtle notes of ancho chili chocolate married together by residual cooked agave sugar,s plus hints of dried dark fruits emerging after the tequila’s initial minerality subsides on the palatal moisture content..
6. Próspero Añejo Special Reserve Small Batch Crafted Tequila
This small batch craft añejo tequila from Próspero is produced using only estate-grown blue weber agaves that are slow-roasted in stone ovens for 72 hours prior to crushing. It spends 18 months aging in newly charred American white oak bourbon barrels sourced from Kentucky where the spirit rests undisturbed until bottling which occurs without filtering or added colors or chemicals of any kind.. As a result this special reserve añejo expression exhibits lush citrusy fruit reminiscent of fresh Mandarin oranges dusted with Cocoa Powder on the nose.
Whether you're looking for a smooth sipping tequila to enjoy neat or on the rocks or you want to use it as a mixer in your favorite cocktail recipes these six artisanal high quality small batch añejos should all definitely be on your radar screen.
All have won multiple prestigious awards and accolades competed against some very well known established noses so rest assured you really can't go wrong with any one (or all) them.. In fact they're all so good it might just be impossible choose just one so you might just have try them all find out which suits your personal palate preferences best! Salud!