FIRE, ROCK & 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 upcycled 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.


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Sombra Espadin Mezcal Bottle Sombra Espadin Mezcal Bottle

Sombra is an artesanal 100% Espadin agave mezcal handcrafted in Santiago Matatlán, 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.


TASTING NOTES:
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.


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Sombra Ensamble Bottle Sombra Ensamble Bottle

Sombra Ensamble is a limited edition blend of wild & rare Tepeztate & Tobalá agave, harvested from high in the Oaxacan Sierra. Recognizing our finite and precious resources, only 2,000 bottles of Sombra Ensamble were created.


TASTING NOTES:
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 Percent For The Planet

Sombra Mezcal is a proud member of 1% For The Planet, donating at least 1% of sales to certified environmental charities and local educational initiatives in Oaxaca, Mexico.

LOVE THE land
IT WILL LOVE YOU back



Traditionally, spent agave fibers, left over after fermentation and distillation, are dumped into local waterways, along with the acidic liquid byproduct, which is approximately 10 times the volume of liquor produced.

To break that cycle and move toward zero waste, Sombra developed a technique to combine the two forms of waste to create adobe bricks. The bricks are being used to build houses in villages that have been impacted by recent earthquakes. To-date 20 homes have been built in Mexico using Sombra Adobe Bricks.

It takes 480 bottles of Sombra to make enough bricks to build one house.



  • Agave Fibers
  • Sombra Adobe Brick House



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:


ORGANIC CULTIVATION:
Agave is grown naturally in the high mountain sunshine of Oaxaca.

WATER CONSERVATION:
Rainwater is collected from the roof, stored in underground tanks, and used to cool our condensate lines.

SUSTAINABLE FORESTRY:
Firewood for the earthen ovens is sourced from certified forests.

UPCYCLING:
Agave byproducts are compressed into strong adobe bricks for local housing.

CLEAN ENERGY:
Solar panels are installed on the distillery roof and provide power to much of our distillery.

ENERGY EFFICIENCY:
Copper stills are insulated to reduce energy consumption.

ENERGY INNOVATION:
Agave byproducts are being explored for use as biofuel.

ANIMAL RIGHTS:
Agave is crushed with an electrically-powered millstone instead of animal labor.

COMMUNITY SUPPORT:
Sombra funds local education in languages and the arts with the "Opening Doors" after-school program.


cocktails

Sombra Mezcal can be enjoyed by sipping straight or in cocktails. Using Mezcal in traditional Tequila cocktails works well, but Mezcal is a versatile base spirit that adds an extra dimension of savory, smoky character & depth to mixed drinks.


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