Review: Tonala Tequila Añejo

Patron enthusiasts, you’re on notice: There’s better stuff out there… but yes, it will cost you.

Tonala is a pottery town in the state of Jalisco… and they also turn out a mighty fine tequila, too. Tonala’s Añejo is a subtle, not-overly-oaky golden amber sipper, as smooth a tequila as I can remember.

With just two to three years of age on it, the woodiness in many añejos is almost absent here. Instead, you get that telltale agave flavor, with a quite sweet finish: Caramel is even evident on the aroma, and it’s almost too the point where it’s too strong. Some cinnamon and allspice are also present.

You could make some killer cocktails with Tonala if it wasn’t so pricey. Most will probably want to just sip it straight… which I highly recommend.

The ceramic bottle is also tres chic.

A / $48

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3 Responses

  1. yoon January 22, 2008 / 11:51 am


    Better than patron? I’ll try it out this weekend.

    Thanks for the rec.

  2. TUERTO DE DURANGO June 23, 2009 / 7:39 am

    Tried this while in Guadalajara some time ago. So far have not found any better at any price.The only distributor I found stateside was at THE BEVERAGE WAREHOUSE in WestLA close to the marina. ASK FOR RICK !!

  3. Mark January 16, 2011 / 11:53 am

    It’s at CostCo now! Big 1.75ml bottle too… $50… cheap!

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