Powered by 100% agave

Rancho Tepúa Bacanora Blanco

Rancho Tepúa Bacanora Blanco is produced by Maestro Bacanorero Roberto Contreras, a 5th generation producer whose family produced bacanora throughout the 77 year ban.

Rating: (5 reviews)
Category:Bacanora
Brand:Rancho Tepúa Bacanora
Mezcalero:Roberto Contreras
Agave:Pacifica
Grind:Hand
Distillation:Steel
Style:Aged in Glass
State:Sonora
Town:Aconchi
ABV: 48%
Website: https://www.facebook.com/BacanoraRanchoTepua/
About this bacanora

Rancho Tepúa Bacanora Blanco is produced using 100% agave Pacifica and cooked underground for 36 hours and then fermented with wild yeasts in stainless steel vats for 8-10 days. It is then distilled twice in an Arabic alembic still that has a stainless steel pot and a copper condenser. The ABV changes slightly from batch to batch.

Rancho Tepúa Bacanora

Rancho Tepua Bacanora is produced by Maestro Bacanorero Roberto Contreras at his palenque in Rancho Tepúa, Aconchi, in the state of Sonora. Roberto is a 5th generation Bacanorero and learned to produce Bacanora from his father, Don Lalo. His family produced Bacanora throughout the 77 year ban (1915-1992), by establishing a series of small hidden distilleries on the ranch. The word Tepúa refers to an ax in the language of the Opatas, an indigenous tribe that inhabited the Sonoran Sierra Madre Mountains long before the Spanish arrived. This small ax was the primary tool for harvesting the agave used in Bacanora production.

5 reviews

4 of out 5 stars


GreenspointTexas on Nov 8, 2018

49 reviews

  • Overall:

Strong to very strong. Bright, not overpowering. My first baconara.

thamthong on Oct 21, 2018

42 reviews

  • Overall:

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.

Jonny on Oct 11, 2018

259 reviews

  • Overall:

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.

PDutton on Sep 26, 2018

23 reviews

  • Overall:

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 – 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.

Palette: Fun sweet entry, balanced mouthfeel that’s leaning towards rich. A great balance of the aromatics described all together, with more present smoke heat and underlying minerality that’s 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’t really run across that much.

Thoughts: My first bacanora, going in a touch blind for the category. I don’t know exactly how to rate it or reference it. A “4*” rating would be in relation to other products on this site. Priced right (mid $50s) for a great experience. Look out for it!

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 – pine, cedar? Marshmallow, slig

Read more

Hörky Båmf on Aug 4, 2018

14 reviews

  • Overall:

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. (4.5/5 and rounding up.)

Write a mezcal review

Login or create an account to add your tasting notes

Follow @mezcalreviews