Ed Draves Samples… Sombra Mezcal

Sombra Rated 3 Magueys


Category… Joven Espadin ~ 45%ABV

OriginSan Juan del Rio, Oaxaca

Tasting Notes... Very pure with a mineral quality possessing some nice citrus (lime zest) character. Incredibly light and delicate with a smooth, dry finish.

Maguey Rating… 3 magueys

Availability… US and Mexico

Cost… $35.00 – $45.00 USD

Reviewed by Ed Draves, the Buffalo Mezcalero

Understanding our ratings…

Here’s where we start.  We love mezcal, but more importantly, we love artisanal mezcal.  The type that is hand made, following the centuries old traditions handed from one generation to the next.

We only review small batch mezcal so if you are expecting to read about mezcals that come from some 10,000 liter vat, you won’t find them here.  We don’t believe that they accurately reflect the heart and soul of the truly magical mezcals that are produced in Oaxaca and other places around the great country that is Mexico.

We rate everything on a scale of 1 to 5 magueys.  

If we write it up, it’s good and will be guaranteed at least 1 maguey.  3 magueys is top notch and the cherished 5 maguey rating is reserved for the really special stuff.  If you are fortunate to have a mezcal that gets 5 magueys, consider yourself blessed, because it is a top of the mountain spirit, in the same class as a fine French wine or a treasured single malt Scotch.

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