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Santo Cuviso Anis tasting notes

A rich and pure infusion of star anis into Bacanora that will make you reconsider most classic anisettes.


  • Location: Bacanora, Sonora
  • Agave: A. angustifolia Haw.
  • Maestro Mezcalero: Manuel “El Toro” Chacón
  • ABV: 40%
  • Tasting keywords: Anis and star anise
  • NOM: 168
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It’s like sticking your nose into a jar of anise; a wonderfully rich, down-to-earth encounter with the spice.


You can taste the star anise immediately, and it’s surprising because there’s nothing sugary or artificial about it. That’s a sad testament to all the other ingredients in so many liquors because this bottle tastes fresh and exciting. It has a touch of the off sweet that speaks to the agave sugars and Bacanora keel.

Method / Background Notes

This has aperitif written all over it. Put it on ice for a fun run at Mediterranean traditions but I know that bartenders will want to use it in all sorts of drinks both as a base in its own right and as one of those aching accents like the absinthe in an A la Louisianne. It really sings exactly because it doesn’t have any additives, that pure spice flavor is loud and proud.

Santo Cuviso co-creator Gunther Maier told me that the Chacon family “soak star anise in water until it becomes a syrup, there are no other additives, then infuse that syrup into the joven over 24-48 hours, filter and bottle.”

Max co-founded Mezcalistas with Susan way back in 2012. Before that he was a journalist at Salon.com and The San Francisco Chronicle.

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