Review: El Mayor Tequila Extra Anejo – Bourbon Barrel Aged

Review: El Mayor Tequila Extra Anejo – Bourbon Barrel Aged

Each year we have the treat of seeing a special edition from the tequila pros at El Mayor. This year is no exception, and it’s even more special since the company is celebrating its 25th anniversary. To mark the occasion, the company has dropped another Extra Anejo bottling, aged for 39 months in surprisingly traditional bourbon barrels, no funky finishing applied thereafter.

“We wanted to do something special for this year’s limited-edition offering to showcase the craft of great tequila making, while paying homage to the brand’s 25th anniversary,” said Graciela Gonzalez, fourth-generation distiller and daughter of Rodolfo Gonzalez, master distiller at Destiladora Gonzalez Lux. “My father carefully hand-selected 25 barrels of some of El Mayor’s oldest stock to create our 25th Anniversary Extra Añejo Tequila. The result is a smooth and well-balanced tequila with hints of oak, dried fruit and baking spices on the nose and palate. It’s a spectacular expression that is sure to entice and impress bourbon and tequila drinkers alike.”

6000 bottles were produced (which is normal for the brand). Let’s see how it fares in the glass.

For an extra anejo, this is traditionally bold and immersive, coming across like a classic anejo that’s pungent with peppers both black and green, propped against a rich layer of vanilla, coffee, and milk chocolate that hits the nose like the best Carajillo you’ve ever had. It’s a little more blunt on the palate, featuring more sweetness than expected, layered with strawberries and cream, additional lashings of milk chocolate, and a pinch of cinnamon. Classic, charred wood notes come into focus with time in glass, though these pair well with the cinnamon and darker sugar characteristics inherent in the tequila. The finish is sweet and balanced, fully quaffable over a lengthy drinking session.

Ultimately this turns out to be a very straightforward XA tequila expression that doesn’t really do much to change expectations — and that’s perhaps to be expected given its straightforward barrel treatment. But hey, sometimes that’s what the doctor ordered, right? No complaints here.

80 proof. NOM 1603. 6000 bottles produced.

A- / $100 / 

El Mayor Tequila Extra Anejo - Bourbon Barrel Aged




Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.

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