Not bad. Bacanora always reminds me of rum, with an bit extra sweet character, then a twist of funk and earth. Decent example of the style.
Tastes pretty similar to the joven version, but slightly more mild smokey character and a bit of vanilla and ferulic character from the wood. Decent.
My first mezcal was this one. At first, I was overwhelmed by the burnt tire smokey character, but these days I realize how good that character is and how hard it it to find quite as prominent in an affordable bottle. Solid.
I give it 4 because its pretty good for the price. Typical smokey burnt mezcal character, little sweet, not bad for sipping.
Good. A little hot up front, but that quickly fades quickly into a mineral, herb, mint candy character. Slight burnt rubber and smoke character you find in a typical mezcal, but very subdued.
La Higuera makes some of my favorite Sotols. Cedrosanum is one of the smoother varieties, with a similar mineral, earthy, and herbal character as the others plus a slight winter/fall spice character and a dash of pillow mint.
La Higuera is where its at when it comes to Sotol! I’ve had them all and they are all good. Leiophyllum has less of a prominent alcohol character in the nose than Wheeleri (a good thing), smelling of earth and herbs. The flavor is a nice balance of earth, bark, spice, mineral, mint, and sage. Yum.
La Higuera is where its at when it comes to Sotol! I’ve had them all and they are all good, you can’t go wrong. Wheeleri is a favorite. It has spice and mineral in the nose, flavor is minty, herbal, chamomile, mineral, earthy, with just a delicate hint of smoke. A bit of heat to this one, but not biting.
Decent smokiness relative to other Sotol, with a pleasant earthy and mineral character. I’d buy this one again.
Quite smooth, but to the point that it lacks character relative to other Sotols. This is a good Sotol for newcomers, with a gentle mineral character, slight herbal and faint smoke. It gives you a good idea of what the desert spoon has to offer without going too over the top.
I love Sotol, but this one is a bit high on the funky wild microbes. It has a very prominent cheesy character that on it’s own is too overpowering to enjoy more than a few sips. Would be good mixed.
I find this one excellent. Notes of butterscotch, mild cheese, and yeast/wild microbes on the nose. Some of that carries over into the taste, with some herbal, sweetness, and elderflower character as well, finishing in a light smokiness. It kind of has a character I typically associate with Sotol. I find it fairly smooth and creamy.
One word “pine”. That’s really what dominates the flavor of this one. Interesting for sure but I wouldn’t say it’s worth the price.
The first time I tried this raicilla I must say it was really different and I wasn’t sure what to think about it. That blue cheese flavor is fairly pronounced, with smokey and minty undertones. However, I’m now at the end of the bottle and I must say I’m craving another one. This is the kind of raicilla that you really have to get to know, but then you do and grow to love it.