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Sombra Joven

Sombra Mezcal was created by Richard Betts as an alternative to the cheapening of mezcals made for use in cocktails. Sombra is produced by multiple mezcaleros in different parts of Oaxaca.

Rating: (7 reviews)
Brand:Sombra Mezcal
NOM:NOM-O223X, NOM-O318X, NOM-O72X
Mezcalero:Isaias Martinez Juan
Agave:Espadin
Distillation:Copper
Style:Joven
State:Oaxaca
Town:San Juan del Rio, San Luis del Rio
ABV: 45%
Age of plant: 4-12 years
Website: http://sombramezcal.com/
About this mezcal

Sombra Mezcal is made with agave Espadin in San Juan and San Luis del Rio, areas steeped in mezcal history. The Sombra brand has been in the US for many years, and it’s a staple in many unique cocktails. Though it’s meant to be used in mixed drinks, it carries the full flavor of agave into the mix.

Sombra Mezcal

Sombra is Spanish for "Shadow." The brand was started as a passion project of famed sommelier and wine aficionado Richard Betts. Though Sombra mezcal is meant to be used in cocktails, it's designed specifically to bring the full flavor of agave out in the mixed drink. In March of 2017, Davos Brands acquired a controlling interest in the Sombra Mezcal brand. Richard Betts remains a minority equity holder and is the current Global Brand Ambassador.

 

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7 reviews

3 of out 5 stars


El_Cura on Oct 29, 2018

3 reviews

  • Overall:

Another entry level mezcal. Fortunately priced correctly. Hospital aroma, smoky oily ethanol taste then, a light disappearing act.

Mateospirit on Oct 3, 2018

7 reviews

  • Overall:

Hot alcoholic smoke,Not very complex
Really Cool thick bottle but nothing to bring you back. The smoke was nice but I personally like more complexity. For the price though I would go with Vida or this anytime. It was awhile ago I drank this so I am going to have to give this one more chance and re-review.

Patrick on May 18, 2018

10 reviews

  • Overall:

Batch : 2018
Nose : some alcohol, vanilla, peat and trace amounts of vegetal notes.
Taste : sweet, vanilla, pepper, and nothing else…
Finish : smoke and wisps of spice.
Pretty one dimensional. But better than 100% of any industrialized mezcal out there.

JRB on Apr 10, 2018

11 reviews

  • Overall:

Sombra Joven Mezcal / 90 proof
Tahona milled, copper still. Lots and lots of smoke with some agave, some alcohol heat. Good, but one-dimensional compared to other mezcals. My rating for this taken straight is 3 stars, but it probably would fair much better as a mixer so I will rate it as such. (No lot #)

razorbackmike on Mar 30, 2017

87 reviews

  • Overall:

beauty is in the eye of the beholder.while i respect the opinion of other reviewers, its true that we all get something different from a sample.my close location to texas has allowed the chance to sample many mezcals,tequilas,sotols ,racillias and bacanora.i hope to enjoy many more in my life. IN MY OPINION,this is a very lovely and wonderful spirit.the price makes it that much more of a treasure. it has a very deep sweetness(not overly) and a broad almost fat full flavor.lots of agave.mellow from start to finish.a few seconds after consuming there is a pleasant building of heat that hits in the chest.lovely pepper and honey.one of my favorites regardless of price.in my 50 years of age,i have found that i will taste a spirit too fast.when i go back and give it another try,i find that it was something i over looked.this is not always the rule but does occur especially with the complex nature of agave spirits. i think sombra is worthy of praise.when i sample,i always try to have a clean pallet(as much as possible). it is so fantastic to have so many to choose from.

beauty is in the eye of the beholder.while i respect the opinion of other reviewers, its true that we all get something different from a sample.my close location to texas has allowed the chance to sample many mezcals,tequilas,sotols ,racillias and bacanora.i hope to enjoy many more in my life. IN MY OPINION,this is a very lovely and wonderful spirit.the price makes it that much more of a treasure. it has a very deep sweetness(not overly) and a broad almost fat full flavor.lots of agave.mellow fr

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Tyler on Mar 29, 2017

239 reviews

  • Overall:

After reading an article by the founder about his modern and sustainable palenque, I was inspired to try this mezcal. Considering the cost of $35 a bottle.. it’s quite good. It’s very clean on the nose. There are nice notes of vanilla, firewood, citrus, and peat. At 45% ABV it holds a lot of flavor, usually mezcals in this price range are around 40% ABV and taste watery.

Jonny on Mar 29, 2017

258 reviews

  • Overall:

Considering this is only 45% ABV, this mezcal is definitely hot. I’ve sipped this straight and it packs a punch. As a mixer, I’d imagine that this would be a bit nicer as it would still hold strong and shine brightly through almost any mixer. I get a few piney notes that mix with light vanilla and ground nut. I’m giving this 2 stars sipped neat. As a mixer, it’s probably 3 stars.

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