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Picking an Extra Añejo Tequila Takes Extra Care

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Cinco de Mayo is not the moment for extra añejo tequila. While plenty of the agave spirit from Jalisco, Mexico, will flow on May 5, in cheap margaritas and shots, the bottles classified as extra añejo — which by Mexican law must be aged more than three years — will mostly stay on the top shelf of the bar, awaiting another day.

That’s because extra añejo is tequila’s big stretch into the heady world of high-end brown spirits, an unabashedly flashy space crowded with Cognac in shiny crystal decanters, expensive decades-old Scotch and impossible-to-find single-cask bourbon.