It’s hard to find an extra anejo tequila that isn’t any good, and Don Elias proves that you can make a really solid one — even if you don’t charge an arm and a leg.
At just $75 a bottle, Don Elias Extra Anejo is the least expensive Extra I’ve ever tried, and yet the quality is right up there with pricier brands.
The mild agave on the nose lets you know you’re drinking tequila, but the body is lush, sweet, and full of whiskey flavors. The mind-meld with the agave nose is enticing: Don Elias has an earthy and herbal edge, balanced with sweet flavors of honey, caramel, and vanilla. Some extra anejos can go a bit too far, drowning out the agave altogether, but Don Elias keeps those barrel flavors in check.
What Don Elias lacks in complexity and depth it makes up for in simple enjoyment. At this price, it’s hard not to be taken in.
By the way, that bottle stopper is not actually a shot glass: It’s permanently filled halfway with a tequila-like liquid, lending the decanter an intriguing optical effect.
80 proof, 100 percent agave.
A- / $75