In the world of bargain Tequila, if a deal seems too good to be true, it’s probably because the liquid itself is both mass-produced and manipulated. While the agave world as a whole is still coming to terms with the caramel-coloring, added sugar, and other chemicals being added to Tequila right now, Tres Agaves remains a true anomaly.
Now made at the same distillery as the über-popular Cascanes, this four year old Extra Añejo expression comes from the brand’s previous production partner Hacienda de Oro. Aged for 53 months in American oak, the fact that Tres Agaves can deliver an additive-free Tequila of this quality, at this age, and for this price is flabbergasting.
To give you a price comparison:
Fuenteseca’s 5 year old additive-free Extra Añejo Tequila clocks in at $199.99.
El Tesoro’s additive-free Paradiso 5 Year Extra Añejo will run you $179.99.
Yet, this single barrel 4+ year old additive expression that we picked out for Mission is somehow just $74.99. You can do the math.
After spending 53 months and 3 days in wood, you might expect this Extra Añejo single barrel to be over-oaked, but it’s far from it. Loads of coconut from the American oak intersperse with creme brulee and candied orange notes that finish with baking spices and an herbaceous kiss from the agave. That this Tequila comes in well under $100 per bottle is truly remarkable. Similarly aged competitors in the additive-free space are more than $100 more expensive per bottle.