Sombra Mezcal was created by winemaker and Master Sommelier Richard Betts in 2006 after his discovery of the magic of Oaxaca, Mexico. A lover of the good things in life, Richard made an immediate connection with the culture, the people, and the food & drink of Oaxaca. With Director General John Sean, Richard created Sombra as a celebration of a holistic, sustainable lifestyle. Honoring tradition with innovation and respect for the earth, Sombra La Via embraces the Oaxacan ideals of ‘te divierte’ (have fun), ‘sigue aprendiendo’ (keep learning), and ‘ama la tierra’ (love the earth).
That's all it takes.
Espadin agave are hand-harvested on the steep slopes of the Oaxacan Sierra. The agave hearts are buried in an earthen pit where they slowly roast over hot rocks. The agave are then crushed by a mechanical limestone tahona, fermented with only native yeast, and expertly distilled. The byproducts of the distillation are then up-cycled into adobe bricks to rebuild earthquake damaged homes.
Sombra Mezcal is a truly handcrafted spirit that respects the traditions of Oaxaca, while elevating production methods to be sustainable and responsible for the local environment and local economy.
Sombra is an artesenal 100% Espadin agave mezcal handcrafted in Santiago Matatalan, Oaxaca, Mexico.Sombra is one of the few mezcal brands that owns and operates its own palenque (distillery), which ensures consistent quality and eco-friendly production methods. Each step of production, from fermentation to distillation, has been reimagined to reduce its environmental impact.
A spicy, fruity & smoky nose with a high note of citrus. It is smooth & warming to the palate, with a clean and fruit driven finish.
Sombra Ensamble is a limited edition blend of wild & rare Tepeztate & Tobala agave, harvested from high in the Oaxacan Sierra. Recognizing our finite and precious resources, only 2,000 bottles of Sombra Ensamble were created.
Rich and creamy platinum hues. On the nose, a vegetal and citrus aroma with hints of honey and pepper. On the palate, notes of cake icing, tobacco, orange peel and salted caramel lead into a luxuriously long finish.
One must do good while trying to do well. If we are to honor our communities as well as the land, we must pave the way for healthy, responsible growth by fostering practices that take care of Oaxaca, a place and a people that many of us have come to deeply love. Sombra Mezcal donates at least 1% of sales to certified environmental charities and local educational initiatives in Oaxaca, Mexico. Some of our production updates include: