From Sonora Mexico
Illegal from 1915 to 1992 in Mexico and the USA, Bacanora has a wonderful back-story: the undiscovered 3rd sister of the trinity: mezcal, tequila and bacanora. Cielo Rojo is the first premium bacanora (effective Feb. 2011) to be imported into the USA, from the Baviacora-Aconchi-Banamichi appellation of the Rio Sonora-Sierra Madre Mountain region.
Posted by Eugene on 16th Sep 2014
Cielo Rojo Blanco is great. It has a similar smell and taste to a good Italian Moscato Grappa (honest!). Does someone make an anejo bacanora? Also, are there any other bacanora makers that export to the US?
Posted by Ronald on 23rd May 2012
My experience with Bacanora took me by surprise. You see I dislike both Tequila and Mezcal. I always thought the taste to be crude and overpowering.
When I was asked to try Bacanora, I rolled my eyes. I said to myself, just get it over with. Well as I placed the cup to my mouth the aroma caught me. A scotch like smoke wafted up into my nose. Next I could smell an herbaceousness that was intriguing and unlike anything I have ever tasted.
To my surprise the flash across my pallet was unbelievable. There was a smooth and woody finish. Most noticeably there was a lack of "heat" you usually taste with agave spirits. The bitter cut of tequila was also missing.
I put this in my liquor cabinet along with my favorite clear and brown spirits. This is a great sipper too.
Posted by SharronM on 25th Sep 2011
It has a satiny, featherweight body and a generous floral and herbaceous nose.
Posted by Hank on 6th Sep 2011
Smoky, full-flavored sipping drink, great by itself; "Mexican scotch".