|Mezcal Sombra De Oaxaca|
Sombra Mezcal - Fire, Rock and Earth - That's all it takes. Espadin Agave are hand harvested on the steep slopes of the Oaxacan Sierra. The hearts are slowly roasted in a rock pit over a mesquite fire and then ground, brewed, and expertly distilled. The result is a smooth, organic mezcal with a distinct sweet and smoky taste. Truly one of the finest spirits produced on and of the earth.
Posted by The Booze Doctor. (I drink this when I'm doing surgery.) on 21st Oct 2016
Personally, I believe ALL mezcals are too potent to be considered a direct replacement for tequila. (With the sole exception of Monte Alban, with the worm in it, which is a gimmick for gringos. The damn thing probably choked on it. -- If all you can afford is that disappointment, then I wish you the best.) Sombra, however, is truly worth experiencing. It is harsh, and like other mezcals, it will rip your throat for you, leaving you 'smoked'. Not what you're probably looking for, long-term, huh? So, how do you properly enjoy it?? Buy a 1.5 Litre bottle of Jose Cuervo TRADICIONAL! (Not their other versions, please!) Get the Tradicional in its REPOSADO pedigree. [This refers to the French oak-barrel aging: Silver/Blanco = Stainless Steel Only; Reposado = Aged Briefly in French Charred Oak (i.e., 'Rested'); Anejo = Aged For Up To Several Years in French Charred Oak (i.e., 'Ancient' -- tastes like whiskey, not right for our purposes)]. So! We've got Jose Cuervo Tradicional Reposado. Good boy. (It is usually spot-on at 40% Alcohol.) In a shot glass, pour in your water-clear Sombra Mezcal, up to about the 1/2 full mark. This depends on your tastes, and as most mezcal alcohol percentages may be the same or even higher than that of the tequila, you'll be adjusting the level accordingly in the future. Now, top the half-empty shot glass off with the Jose Cuervo. You'll find this the BEST Tequila / BEST Mezcal combination on God's Earth, or for that matter, Mars. They don't come from the same spirit houses, but they were absolutely made for each-other. So, now you know my one and only secret in life. Cuervo + Sombra 50/50.