Thoughts: My first bacanora, going in a touch blind for the category. I don‚Äôt know exactly how to rate it or reference it. A ‚Äú4*‚Äù rating would be in relation to other products on this site. Priced right (mid $50s) for a great experience. Look out for it!
Strong to very strong. Bright, not overpowering. My first baconara.
Palette: Fun sweet entry, balanced mouthfeel that‚Äôs leaning towards rich. A great balance of the aromatics described all together, with more present smoke heat and underlying minerality that‚Äôs more desert-like than might be expected. On the tip of the tongue, agave flavor takes center stage with the secondary aspects within. Peppermint tickles the edges with marshmallow. Finish manages to balance dryness with sweetness, which I haven‚Äôt really run across that much.
Nose: Following the nose going into the glass: Aromatic with the glass far away- high toned agave, mint. Lots of mints, complex mints, mostly spearmint with a nice support of peppermint for excitement, a touch of eucalyptus. Next is candied lemon and ginger. Minerality is a warming influence, and smoke wafts ‚Äì pine, cedar? Marshmallow, slightly toasted. Agave flavor reminds me of espadin meets arroqueno? Deep inside the glass you get some suggestions at taffy, savory capiscum, slight yellow cake.
Lot 003/02/18 47.8%. Very minty with the sweetness of almost over ripe pineapple. A very long pleasant finish with chili flakes and oak. It‚Äôs a little hot but that would be my only criticism with this one. Very viscous.
lot 002/05/17, matured in glass for 182 days, 48% abv. floral minty-ness with wafts of confectionary shop in the background. a hint of mesquite on the nose is a bit more present on the palate. forestral sweetness, fresh mint without the menthol, slate, desert sand. very elemental. packs a pleasant bite too. finish is long and very nice, maybe my favorite part of this dram. big bang for your buck here. will happily keep this stocked on the bar.
Lot 001103-16, 47.5% ABV. Subtle herbal and vegetal flavors. Clean taste with a sweet finish. No weird or off flavors. Very little ethanol burn. There were 2 different lots available when I purchased this. I chose the older distillation that had also been rested in glass for longer. Definitely give this a try. You might be amazed.
Lot 001|04-2|16. Aged in glass for 229 days. 48.2%. Lots of smoke on this all around. Smoke on the nose and the palate. Grassy with hints of spearmint and fresh aloe. Slightly sweet.
Distilled 27th of April, 2017. Rested in glass 200 days. Lot number 002/04/17. 48.3%ABV
Appearance: Oily legs falls down heavy, beads forming and dropping.
Nose: Following the nose going into the glass: Aromatic with the glass far away- high toned agave, mint. Lots of mints, complex mints, mostly spearmint with a nice support of peppermint for excitement, a touch of eucalyptus. Next is candied lemon and ginger. Minerality is a warming influence, and smoke wafts ‚Äì pine, cedar? Marshmallow, slig‚Ä¶