Review: Sombra Mezcal

sombra mezcalSombra is Oaxaca-area mezcal (from the village of San Juan Del Rio, specifically), made from organic espadin agave grown at 8000 feet.

An unaged mezcal, Sombra offers immediate and heavy smoke on the nose, more barbecue than forest fire. There’s a strong undercurrent of sweetness as well — almost a tangy apple, or perhaps applewood smoke, at least.

At 90 proof, the extra alcohol is immediately evident on the body, creating an instant level of fire that goes along with the smoke. There’s ample fruit: Again, apples, but also cherries and some banana, particularly on the finish, which offers very ripe banana, caramel, and popcorn notes. These are some interesting flavors in a mezcal, but it doesn’t all come together perfectly, never quite melding the savory and the sweet in a way that truly great mezcals manage to do.

Still, a quite drinkable little potion.

B / $34 / sombraoaxaca.com

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One Response to Review: Sombra Mezcal

  1. Pretty good mezcal for the price. Initially this came out a year or two ago at $50 per 750ml bottle. I have found it as low as $30.

    I believe that Sombra is (or was) distilled at Del Maguey.

    Here’s a video with one of the partner/owners:
    http://tv.winelibrary.com/category/mezcal/

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