Hailing from the Rio Hormiga Colorada valley of Mexico, Sombra is a Mezcal (kind of like Tequila but more rustic) that is made from the Espadin Agave which is a cactus-like plant that is actually closer to a lily. The central stalk of the Agave is baked underground to convert the starch into sugars then the juice is fermented and distilled, finally it is bottled as a Silver or un-aged Mezcal. The Mezcal style is herbal, vegetal and, due to the baking of the Agave, smoky.
Wine EnthusiastThis smoky mezcal is reminiscent of peated Scotch. It opens with fleeting vanilla-almond sweetness and quickly accelerates into a smoky midpalate, finishing with menthol, black pepper and an earthy hint of dark chocolate. Sip or mix. Best Buy.