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#1 Attilio_Bettega

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Posted 05 February 2007 - 01:28 AM

OK, in the "top five" tradition, I thought it would be fun to list anejos. I started my tequila passion with them thinking they would be the best seeing how other spirits are often better aged. They have since fallen out of my favor for many reasons. First off the ageing makes most of them taste like bourbon or brandy, which can be had just as well or better for much cheaper. The other factor is price. I am not exactly destitute, but my ceiling is ~40, maybe on a splurging day 50 dollars a bottle and I am getting the feeling few truly great anejos fall into the category (ETA does just fine!).

I think I should probably put a price cap of about ~200 dollars (HSS/DJR territory). If anyone tried that 300,000 dollar bottle of tequila I'd be curious to hear about it, but to keep in on the level for mere mortals like me I think +/-200 bucks is more than enough.

Here goes:

1. Sauza Tres Generaciones Anejo (I catch lots of flak, but for me smoothness is paramount and unlike many other anejos 3GA has it in spades)
2. El Tesoro de Don Felipe Anejo (wonderful agave flavor considering age, but a tad hot to be reached for all the time)
3. Don Julio Anejo (nice flavor but it tastes a a bit young/rough for what it should be and the price)
4. Tonala 4yr (could be #1 by a landslide if eaten after a heavy meal, but unlike these others I can only enjoy it then)
5. Herradura Anejo (tastes like whiskey with an agave kick, but it's good for what it is and what it costs)

Other runners up were Corazon (very nice, but tastes like a less fragrant ETA knockoff) and 1800 (I catch flak for this one too, but I can still enjoy this one if it's around)

#2 Morpheus

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Posted 05 February 2007 - 03:49 AM

1. Chinaco Anejo
2. El Tesoro de Don Felipe Anejo
3. Herradura Anejo
4. Herencia Anejo - a good value
5. Don Julio Anejo

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Posted 05 February 2007 - 04:09 AM

Centinela
Pure Sangre 4
JCRF 1
Don Valente
Casa Noble 3
Tonala regular
Oro Azul 5
LA
DJ 1942
Porfidio single barrel 2

These are just the ones that I've come back to.Many more that I'm not remembering or I have not tried.

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Posted 05 February 2007 - 10:41 AM

1. HSS
2. JCRF
3. 1800 Milenio
4. Tonala 4yr.
5. Herencia De Plata

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Posted 05 February 2007 - 10:59 AM

Centinela 3 anos
Casa Noble
Don Julio 1942
Paradiso
Seleccion Suprema

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Posted 05 February 2007 - 11:24 AM

In no particular order:

Paradiso
DJ1942
HSS
JCRF
DFI

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Posted 05 February 2007 - 11:40 AM

this should really have 2 sections
heavy weights
Porfidio $90-150 i have had none better
Paradiso $90-110 the taste is awesome
HSS $165-350 it just belongs
JCRF $70-125 imo the best bang for the buck here
daily use i can afford
ETA $50 aprox simply great
tonala 4 year $50 aprox i can drink this all night imo best bang for the buck
chinaco $50 aprox i go thru a lot of this
FE $34 at w&l depot great buy
1800 milernio $40-75

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Posted 05 February 2007 - 11:41 AM

Don Fulano Imperial
Porfidio SBA
Tapatio
Casa Noble
Paradiso

HSS and Tonala would probably be right after those.

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Posted 05 February 2007 - 12:18 PM

I'm not a big anejo drinker, but I think Tapatio XA is the best aged tequila I have ever had.

(so far) :>

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Posted 05 February 2007 - 03:48 PM

JCRF
DJ 1942
El Tesoro
Tonala Suprema
Espolon (gotta throw in a bargain bottle)

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Posted 05 February 2007 - 07:25 PM

OK, I didn't include premiums. So here goes:

1)HSS
2)JCRF
3)Rey Sol
4)DJ 1942
5)Herencia Historico

... I have the Emperador and Negro, but haven't had the chance to try them yet. Also, I'd like to try the Fulano Imperial.

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Posted 06 February 2007 - 12:16 AM

Under $200:

1) Don Fulano/Imperial
2) JCRF
3) ET Paradiso
4) Porfidio Single Barrel
5) DJ 1942

Under $50:

1) El Tesoro
2) Tonala Suprema Reserva
3) Jimador
4) Don Viejo
5) Corazon

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Posted 06 February 2007 - 10:11 AM

The tally thus far!! (jiboo, if you condense your list to 5 I'll add your votes too)
I only included ones with 3 or more votes.

JCRF (6)
Paradiso (6)
HSS (5)
ETA (5)
TRS (4)
DJ1942 (4)
PSBA (3)
DFI (3)

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Posted 06 February 2007 - 11:36 AM

You guys know I am NOT a fan of anejos. Interesting lists...all of them. I find it a bit odd that nobody mentioned (so far) some very nice tasting anejos I can remember, because of the nice and robust agave notes present:

Chinaco Anejo.
Fina Estampa
Esperanto Anejo (fancy bottle, yet nice agave notes abound...)
Milagro Reserva Barrica Selecta
Hacienda de la Flor (superb!)
Don Tacho Gran Reserva
Cofradia Reserva Especial (also delicious!)
Tapatio Anejo (basic but so pure tasting...)
7 Leguas D'antano (probably the ONLY anejo I would drink frequently...so pure tasting!)

shame on you guys... ;)

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Posted 06 February 2007 - 02:23 PM

Milagro Reserva Barrica Selecta

Milagro? Just mentioning this tarnishes your reputation! :P

That said, I agree Tapatio anejo is a great one for those who like intense amounts of agave.

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Posted 06 February 2007 - 02:49 PM

Milagro Reserva Barrica Selecta

Milagro? Just mentioning this tarnishes your reputation! :P

That said, I agree Tapatio anejo is a great one for those who like intense amounts of agave.


The word "tarnished" and "reputation" in my case is redundant :blink: but I sampled this MRBS a few weeks ago (around Xmas...) and it tasted much better that HSS and other ultra-woody favorites also mentioned here. At least it tasted like agave... :lmao: and several people I trust have said positive things about this anejo lately also. Then again, Im NOT an anejo guy.... :P

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Posted 06 February 2007 - 02:51 PM

I didn't like the Barrell Select Milagro, personally.

Additionally, JCRF officially fell out of my top 5 with the 2006 line which tasted very funky to me. Granted, I only had two bottles that year, but I was very disappointed.

I had considered the Fina anejo, but it's the FE product I'm the least familiar with. I would need another bottle to really decide for sure where it stacks up. The Repo and Blanco products are in my top 5s in there classes and I'm pretty sure Fina's anejo would probably be close to the top 5, but might not crack the list itself.

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Posted 06 February 2007 - 02:57 PM

You guys know I am NOT a fan of anejos. Interesting lists...all of them. I find it a bit odd that nobody mentioned (so far) some very nice tasting anejos I can remember, because of the nice and robust agave notes present:

Chinaco Anejo.
Fina Estampa
Esperanto Anejo (fancy bottle, yet nice agave notes abound...)
Milagro Reserva Barrica Selecta
Hacienda de la Flor (superb!)
Don Tacho Gran Reserva
Cofradia Reserva Especial (also delicious!)
Tapatio Anejo (basic but so pure tasting...)
7 Leguas D'antano (probably the ONLY anejo I would drink frequently...so pure tasting!)

shame on you guys... ;)


Lirubis, I don't have that much experience like some people here, but especially with Anejos for the reasons I mentioned my interest seems to have fallen off, especially when the cost is considered.

One of the above that I did try, Chinaco, was definately not to my liking. I tried it on several different occasions over the last few months. Though others always speak well of it, especially people who aren't tequil afficionados, I didn't care for it. Especially for the money it was hot, rough and a difficult swallow overall. The flavor wasn't even that good. Again, this may be because I am not an anejo kind of guy, but as far as anejos go Chinaco was disappointing, especially given the pricetag.

Nothing wrong with liking it, but I am surprised that someone who values agave flavor so much would like it.

And Milagro.... well, it is kind of crappy but considering it costs only marginally more than many mixtos it's not bad. I'd take Cuervo Tradicional over the Milagros but for the money I would like to defend it. I certainly liked Milagro Blanco better than Chinaco Anejo and there is a BIG price difference there!

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Posted 06 February 2007 - 03:13 PM

One of the above that I did try, Chinaco, was definately not to my liking. I tried it on several different occasions over the last few months. Though others always speak well of it, especially people who aren't tequil afficionados, I didn't care for it. Especially for the money it was hot, rough and a difficult swallow overall. The flavor wasn't even that good. Again, this may be because I am not an anejo kind of guy, but as far as anejos go Chinaco was disappointing, especially given the pricetag.

Nothing wrong with liking it, but I am surprised that someone who values agave flavor so much would like it.

And Milagro.... well, it is kind of crappy but considering it costs only marginally more than many mixtos it's not bad. I'd take Cuervo Tradicional over the Milagros but for the money I would like to defend it. I certainly liked Milagro Blanco better than Chinaco Anejo and there is a BIG price difference there!


The Chinaco Anejo I tried was what...6, 7 years ago? And I remember LIKING it a lot because of its strong character and agave presence, but I have to admit that I have not tried it lately. Perhaps its time for a re-test, but it is NOT easily available down here in MX...

#20 Tequila Dave

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Posted 06 February 2007 - 08:36 PM

This is a no brainer.....but I have to go 10!

Chinaco...for the daily, everyday anejo
Casa Noble...if the band's in town
Corralejo...if I'm trying to turn on a special lady!
Jose Cuervo Reserva...perfect for the Brazilian nanny
El Mayor...hard to find but when you do, a pleasent surprise
Purasangre...great head and for some strange reason people still go crazy for the bottle
XQ Reserva...I don't know, for what it's worth, I got wasted
Espolon...I love this tequila!
Don Julio 1942...just to be lame
Partida...just 'cause Sofia's hot! But over all good everyday tequila

#21 Mike Morales

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Posted 06 February 2007 - 09:56 PM

Corralejo...if I'm trying to turn on a special lady!


Agree with you here! Tried the same thing this past weekend with favorable results! :t_up:

El Mayor...hard to find but when you do, a pleasent surprise


I've had the reposado and was not impressed. Is the añejo that good?

Espolon...I love this tequila!


Agreed! I still say highly underrated! :t_up:

Partida...just 'cause Sofia's hot! But over all good everyday tequila


I'll agree with the HOT! part. :wub:

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Posted 07 February 2007 - 12:25 AM

The tally thus far!! (jiboo, if you condense your list to 5 I'll add your votes too)
I only included ones with 3 or more votes.

JCRF (6)
Paradiso (6)
HSS (5)
ETA (5)
TRS (4)
DJ1942 (4)
PSBA (3)
DFI (3)

Vange, my top 5 is numbered on the right side(I ranked them after listing them in no particular order )I forgot about El Duende,had the chance to try that it was a runaway winner when more people have access it will likely be a top 5 perennial.
Porfidio would be top 5 all time if it was still around and more accessable. I'm predicting Chinaco Negro will overtake one of the top 5's in the next year... 4 copas limited...does $1000 leave it in a class by itself?
And I bet Tapatio XA would be top 5 if more people had tried it.Just sounds like the right tequila from the the right tequiliero.Actually, still looking for some forum regular's to chime in.DP,CTSG,Wichie,Iron Chef etc...
And finally,I'd be interested to hear from Reifer on this thread.His top 5 is probably definitive.

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Posted 07 February 2007 - 06:32 AM

My top 5 shares some with everybody else's, but with a few exceptions:

1. JCRF - Even with the yearly variations, I've enjoyed this most thus far
2. DJ 1942 - A little pricey for my budget, but still enjoyable and so different from the JCRF
3. Tonala Suprema - JCRF Junior? Taste nearly as good at half the price
4. El Tesoro - Shound be mandatory somewhere on everyone's Top-whatever list
5. D Los Altos - A steal at its price; If I had an easier way to get it, this would be my everyday anejo

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Posted 07 February 2007 - 09:21 AM

I was waiting for IC as well, but I don't know if hes much of an Anejo man anymore?

, still looking for some forum regular's to chime in.DP,CTSG,Wichie,Iron Chef etc...
And finally,I'd be interested to hear from Reifer on this thread.His top 5 is probably definitive.



With that said I still like my Anejos but I don't just concentrate on them anymore, mine eyes have been opened to the bigger picture..... listed in order of current preference.
  • Well here goes my top 5 Top Shelf
  • Tapatio XA - I could drink this stuff all day and all night, its the closet think to a perfect Anejo for my tastes.
  • El Duende - Very close to Tap. to the point where they could exchange places with 1 and 2
  • JCRF 2004 - JCRF was one of my first "premium anejo" and so far I like 2004 the best.
  • DJ1942 - This one only recently moved in to this arena I have what I think is an off bottle at home, but after tasting it in SD and Texas its movin' on up.
  • Rey Sol - Tried this for the first time at Roy's and I gotta say I liked it allot.
I'm sure some like Chinaco XA and 4 copas limited would dislodge a few of these but at the prices they are going for i don't know if i will even get a chance to taste them. Hey GChinaco why don't you send me a bottle when we are in Tequila in April and I will share it with the group........ :) might be a good investment ;)
  • Here's my top five everyday bargan anejo's
  • Tonala Suprema - Close to JCRF at half the price. but no fancy boxes to cluter the house
  • Tapatio Regular - feels like a pure Anejo to me.
  • D Los Altos - Wow what a deal, decent tequila for a decent price probably wouldn't be here if it wasn't so cheap.
  • Espolon - nuff said!
  • Cofradia Reserva Especial - I actually think I might like this better then the CNA maybe its the fact its half the price?And less moody. :lmao:
I know cost should not be a factor but its hard not to let it effect how you feel on a whole about a Tequila. Maybe if there was a world where all Tequila was free then I could judge them all on the same level. But alas it is not so thats why I too have divided them into two groups. This is most apparent with the Anejo Cat. more then any other.

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Posted 07 February 2007 - 02:11 PM

Actually, still looking for some forum regular's to chime in.DP,CTSG,Wichie,Iron Chef etc...


It was pretty easy to do the top 5 blancos -- it was the stuff I buy and drink. Reposados were more difficult, and my list was riddled with disclaimers. Anejos are even more difficult, due to year-to-year variations, prices that hinder proper evaluations, and exclusive tastings of unbottled tequilas. All that being said, here are five:

1) El Tesoro "Cigar Blend" (5-year French Oak). I had a couple of small samples of this in the well-documented event last year. If I never have it again, fine, I will always remember it. Of course, the environment contributed to the experience. I am assuming this is NOT the Tapatio XA that people are mentioning -- I think of that as the 5-year American Oak tequila (bottled as Tapatio "Excelencia", I believe, correct me if I am wrong), which was great, but not as amazing as the Cigar Blend.

2) JCRF. Judging by what I drink, I must like this stuff a lot. 2004 is the one I recall liking the most, but I have not tried prior vintages. Soon enough....

3) Porfidio, in its prime, though it is becoming a distant memory (and falling down the list). The current version is fine, but not what it used to be.

4) El Tesoro Paradiso. This really hits the spot at times. Sometimes it deserves to be higher on the list, sometimes lower. But at least I can always find the stuff.

5) Chinaco. Vintages from around 2001 were my favorite. Still, current versions at affordable prices warrant getting in my top 5.

So yeah, generally, it appears I like anejos without a tremendous agave presence. But hey -- that's what I drink blancos for.

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Posted 07 February 2007 - 06:30 PM

I will add mine with the same parameters I had for the blanco... less than $60. I have had super premiums but it is tough to compare them to my everyday anejo's... so best bang for the buck agave from me...

#5 El Jimador Limited Anejo... I prefer the Mexican bottling at 70 proof... after a number of bottles I believe there IS a difference that extends beyond the addition of water. It may also be the best value as I can get these bottles in TJ for $22-$26 if I look.

#4 D' Los Altos Anejo. I agree this is an exceptional anejo, especially for the money with a lot of agave remaining and a nice long finish... (wish I had a bottle right now ;) )

#3 Pueblo Viejo Anejo... I believe a few here have commented PV has a little bit of an edge but a nice agave punch... I do not like the reposado, thought the blanco was OK but nothing special but I have very much liked most bottles of the anejo... smooth, balanced, nice subtle vanilla and clove tones with a pepper finish... not always consistent but overall a good value and solid performer.

#2 Fina Estampa anejo... I have to include Fina Estampa... the price is very good for such a quality anejo although I always seem to be ordering more of the blanco :t_up: when I remember to order the anejo I am always pleased B)

#1 El Tesoro Anejo. I have been obsessed with getting the older bottles lately, and have a good number, but truth be told I have never had a bad bottle no matter when it was made... Nectar of the Gods... THE tequila I would choose if I had to drink one anejo forever (and pay for all the bottles :lmao: )

Again, my list changes from time to time... this just being my thoughts at the moment...

Regards,
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Posted 07 February 2007 - 06:42 PM

I have 7 ... in no particular order ..... then I have some bargains as well
El Duende
Tapatio XA
DJ1942
HSS
DFI
Rey Sol
ChEmp 30th

Bargain Anejos
Los Altos
Espolon
Tonala

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Posted 07 February 2007 - 06:51 PM

Here are my top five

Casa Noble on top
Don Julio 1942
Tesoro Anejo
Herradura Anejo
JCRF

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Posted 07 February 2007 - 07:38 PM

My bargain Anejos would be Tesoro, Espolon, Tonala, FE, and even though it's not around anymore and hasn't been, I'm saying it anyway: DON VIEJO.

Rest in peace, friend. :(

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Posted 07 February 2007 - 08:59 PM

I will add mine with the same parameters I had for the blanco... less than $60. I have had super premiums but it is tough to compare them to my everyday anejo's... so best bang for the buck agave from me...

#5 El Jimador Limited Anejo... I prefer the Mexican bottling at 70 proof... after a number of bottles I believe there IS a difference that extends beyond the addition of water. It may also be the best value as I can get these bottles in TJ for $22-$26 if I look.

#4 D' Los Altos Anejo. I agree this is an exceptional anejo, especially for the money with a lot of agave remaining and a nice long finish... (wish I had a bottle right now ;) )

#3 Pueblo Viejo Anejo... I believe a few here have commented PV has a little bit of an edge but a nice agave punch... I do not like the reposado, thought the blanco was OK but nothing special but I have very much liked most bottles of the anejo... smooth, balanced, nice subtle vanilla and clove tones with a pepper finish... not always consistent but overall a good value and solid performer.

#2 Fina Estampa anejo... I have to include Fina Estampa... the price is very good for such a quality anejo although I always seem to be ordering more of the blanco :t_up: when I remember to order the anejo I am always pleased B)

#1 El Tesoro Anejo. I have been obsessed with getting the older bottles lately, and have a good number, but truth be told I have never had a bad bottle no matter when it was made... Nectar of the Gods... THE tequila I would choose if I had to drink one anejo forever (and pay for all the bottles :lmao: )

Again, my list changes from time to time... this just being my thoughts at the moment...

Regards,
Tim


I agree--in that order--except for the #1 in my book...

Penca Azúl añejo. Still knocks my socks off!


...and even though it's not around anymore and hasn't been, I'm saying it anyway: DON VIEJO.

Rest in peace, friend. :(


Fond memories as well.... -_-