Bacanora

Why, yes Bob, I’ll take obscure Agave Spirits for $100…

Ciejo Rojo Bacanora Blanco $42.99 – SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS! My wife’s family is from Sonora, Mexico and this is the first time we’ve been able to get one in the U.S. I’ve been drinking this for years because my mother-in-law brings it back whenever she visits. It’s like a cross between mezcal and tequila from the north. Cielo Rojo is made from the exquisite and rare Silvestre Agave, which is harvested in the wild arid deserts of Sonora. These elusive plants grow on the steep canyons of the Sierra Madre Mountains, and after labor-intensive hand harvesting they’re packed out on burro. This wild agave is then roasted in ovens carved out of the clay and rock soils of the Sonoran desert. After roasting, a slow fermentation is achieved with exclusively wild yeast before small batch distillation in small alembic pot stills. Bacanora spent the better part of the last century as contraband, but its tradition dates back centuries. Somewhere between Mescal and Tequila, Bacanora has truly its own style and Cielo Rojo is the finest available. Soft smoke mingles enticingly with this herbaceous spice. It’s all held together by this forward agave fruit, which just begs you to take another sip. Certainly a must have for any agave lover, but smooth enough for any spirits drinker to appreciate.

David Driscoll

K&L Spirits Buyer

Well, who can resist a story like that? Anytime you have your Mother-in-Law acting as a Spirits Mule, I’m in!

One thought on “Bacanora

  1. So excited to see a post on this – I first had bacanora after a friend smuggled a tiny orangina bottle full of it into the country and brought it to my apartment. It held a coveted spot on the bar for over a year, taken down to be shown off, sniffed, and pondered-over. I miss it.

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