GSN Alert: October 20th – World Calvados Day

Avallen Calvados has partnered with UK-based Difford’s Guide and premium drinks distributor Mangrove UK to launch World Calvados Day. Taking place on Tuesday 20 October, the inaugural celebration of the French apple brandy will see the UK trade celebrate with special offers and specially created cocktails being served in bars around this date.

Registered as an AOC (Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée) in 1942, calvados is one of three world-renowed French brandies alongside cognac and armagnac. It must be produced using a choice of 300 apple varieties exclusively grown in the biodiverse orchards of Normandy. The apples are naturally fermented to make cider, then distilled and aged for a legal minimum of two years in French oak.

Avallen Calvados founders Stephanie Jordan and Tim Etherington-Judge entered the world of calvados in 2019 determined to revitalise the category. Since launching, their ‘planet-positive’ caldavos has been recognised with numerous accolades. They have also made it their mission to help bee populations, donating to the Bumble Bee Conservation Trust with each bottle sold and planting wildflowers.

Stephanie said: “Calvados is an important historical category and one which is gaining renewed interest, so it’s right it should have its own day. And what better time of year to celebrate French apple brandy than the busy harvest time, when the process of making delicious calvados kicks off with thanks to the bees for pollinating all the lovely blossoms in spring.

“Made using apples (and a few pears), water and time, this spirit celebrates biodiversity, regenerative agriculture and tastes amazing which is why at Avallen we want to champion the category and put care at the core of what we do.”

Simon Difford said: “One of the key base spirits, calvados appears in hundreds of cocktail recipes but until Avallen has not had a brand that champions its mixability. Indeed, most consumers would be hard-prressed to name a brand of calvados or a calvados cocktail. Hence, we’re delighted to be working with Stephanie and Tim to promote delicious calvados cocktails.”

Avallen is distributed in the UK by Mangrove UK. The company’s managing director, Nick Gillet, added: “It’s been impressive to see the determination with which the team at Avallen has worked to promote this category, which was previously looking a bit tired and jaded. They have sparked new interest in calvados and are leading the way in our industry in adopting and championing sustainable practices.”

20 October 2020 – Bethany Whymark

GSN Alert: October 21st – National Mezcal Day

Whether it be a connoisseur taking gentle sips or a tailgater doing shot after shot, most everyone is familiar with tequila. But some might not be as familiar with mezcal. While tequila is only made from the blue agave plant, mezcal is made from more than 30 varieties of agave. While tequila is distilled in copper pots, mezcal is distilled in clay pots after being cooked in a pit lined with lava rocks, wood and charcoal. Tequila often gives off a sweet taste, while mezcal offers a more smoky, savory flavor. Thirsty yet? In honor of mezcal, celebrate the spirit on National Mezcal Day on Oct. 21.

 

GSN Review: Medalla Light

Medalla Light has made its mark on the beer industry with rapid growth into the U.S. and success in the Northeastern corner of the states as well as in its first, Florida, the Sunshine State. The iconic beer completes a major milestone with its wide expansion into six new territories, including New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland and Washington D.C. in just a two-month period. The release of Puerto Rico’s top selling beer in Massachusetts solidifies Medalla Light as a competitive player in the brewing industry.

“We are thrilled to team up with Cervecera de Puerto Rico,” said Anthony Frasco, General Manager and VP at Quality Beverage in Chicopee. “When you have a brand that ignites the consumer, and can bring nostalgic memories, having consumers feel like they were back on a tropical island like Puerto Rico the way Medalla Light does, you know it’ll only be a matter of time before they become a national player in the industry.”

Cervecera’s portfolio includes Magna Premium Lager, Silver Key Light Beer, Del Oeste Artisan Beers and Malta India, a popular non-alcoholic malt-based soft drink in the Caribbean.

GSN’s Thoughts: This is a great beer for hot and humid weather. Very light in body, character and flavor, you can easily call this a session beer. GSN compared Medalla to other light beers from the US and Europe, and found that it held up well. Brewed in the lager style, this is a great entry level beer for the beginner, but also a classic way to celebrate Puerto Rican culture and pair with a platter of mofongo, empanadillas, pastelles or pollo guisado. GSN Rating: B

For more information go to: Medalla Light

GSN Alert: October 19th – International Gin & Tonic Day

b42086b2206396354f7173a543355bc0“85% of all known worlds in the Galaxy, be they primitive or highly advanced, have invented a drink called jynnan tonnyx, or gee-N’N-T’N-ix, or jinond-o-nicks, or any one of a thousand or more variations on the same phonetic theme. The drinks themselves are not the same, and vary between the Sivolvian “chinanto/mnigs” which is ordinary water served at slightly above room temperature, and the Gagrakackan “tzjin-anthony-ks” which kills cows at a hundred paces; and in fact the one common factor between all of them, beyond the fact that the names sound the same, is that they were all invented and named before the worlds concerned made contact with any other worlds.” – Douglas Adams

Be that as it may, we here on planet Earth will be celebrating International Gin & Tonic Day this weekend.  Cheers!

Gin and Tonic
2 oz. London dry gin
Tonic water (from a fresh bottle)
1-2 ample wedges of lime
Plenty of cold ice cubes
Highball glass

Preparation
1) Chill the glass. You may want to fill it with ice, then empty it and refill, as some bartenders do with a martini glass.
2) Fill the glass with whole ice cubes. If you wish, take a wedge of lime and moisten the rim the glass with it.
3) Pour the gin over the ice, which should be cold enough that it crackles when the liquor hits it.
4) Fill glass almost to the top with tonic.
5) Squeeze one wedge of lime into the glass. Drop the squeezed lime into the drink as a garnish if you like; it’s not necessary, but can add a bit of extra flavor. (If you do, notes Dale DeGroff, make sure the peel has been washed.) Serve.

GSN Review: Hard Truth White Oak Reserve Rum

Founded in 2015, Hard Truth Distilling Co. has grown from a small operation in the upper rooms of a pizza restaurant to an 18,000-square foot state-of-the-art distillery featuring Vendome Copper & Brass Works equipment. The distillery produces and releases a variety of spirits, including Hard Truth Cinnamon Vodka, Hard Truth Toasted Coconut Rum, and Hard Truth Gin. Now Indiana’s largest distillery tourist destination, Hard Truth sits on the 325-acre wooded campus of Hard Truth Hills in Brown County, an artists’ colony and travel spot known for its natural beauty.

In late 2020, they are slated to release the first of three whiskies, Hard Truth Indiana Straight Rye Whiskey. Hard Truth Straight Bourbon Whiskey and Hard Truth Straight Wheated Bourbon Whiskey will follow over the coming years.

They were kind enough to send GSN a bottle of their White Oak Reserve Rum after reading my review of their Toasted Coconut Rum Cream.

Hard Truth White Oak Reserve Rum (83 proof)
Appearance: Medium gold.
Aroma: Some hogo funk, heady oak and sweet molasses.
Taste: Sweet, with a vanilla forward profile. The barrel aging keeps things on the drier and crisper side. A medium mouthfeel.
Finish: Medium long with a rock candy finish.
Overall: An excellent rum for mixing in cocktails, tiki drinks or punches. There’s enough character that it won’t be easily overwhelmed by syrups or citrus.
GSN Rating: B+

For more information go to: Hard Truth Distilling

GSN Review: Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch C920

Each batch of Elijah Craig Barrel Proof is an uncut Small Batch of 12-year-old Bourbon bottled straight from the barrel. The variance in proof from batch to batch presents a unique opportunity to explore the impact of the angel’s share and the resulting proof in a small batch of barrels.

The first letter of the batch number indicates which of that year’s releases the bottle was a part of, starting with “A,” while the second digit is a number that determines the month of the year the bottle was released. The third and fourth digits indicate the year. This latest expression is the third release this year, bottled in September of 2020.

Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch C920 (132.8 proof)
Appearance: Golden brown.
Aroma: Sweet maple, chocolate covered cherries,  almond nougat, and a light touch of cask char.
Taste: Of course this is intense, until watered down a touch. Doing so, reveals a dark, dessert-like character of fruit preserves served on brown bread. Some spice and definitely oak-forward, this is a chewy and reflective whiskey.
Finish: Long, slow and sweet.
Overall: We love these seasonal releases from Elijah Craig. It really makes for an interesting tasting when you can compare different releases next to one another. This one is perfect for the upcoming winter season.
GSN Rating: A-

For more information go to: Elijah Craig

GSN Review: Larceny Barrel Proof Batch C920

Each winter, spring and autumn a limited edition bottling of Larceny Barrel Proof Bourbon is released. The latest batch of C920 is the third and final release of the year. The mashbill consists of 68% corn, 20% wheat, and 12% malted barley. After aging for six to eight years, the spirit is non-chill filtered, and a bottled at barrel proof.

Larceny Barrel Proof Batch C920 (122.4 proof)
Appearance: Dark orange.
Aroma: Fall-like scents of candy corn, caramels, vanilla taffy, and cinnamon bread.
Taste: Sweet, nutty and with a touch of candied citrus. Despite the intensity, this is quite sugary.
Finish: Long and with a candy-like finish.
Overall: Sweeter than I expected, but this makes it perfect for cocktails like an Old-Fashioned or a Manhattan.
GSN Rating: A-

For more information go to: Heaven Hill Distillery

GSN Review: Laws Whiskey House Whiskies

Established in 2011, Laws Whiskey House is a grain-to-bottle whiskey distillery founded on the principle that the soul of its whiskey is composed of the people who grow it, the people who make it, and the people who drink it. Using the traditional method of open-air, on grain fermentation, Laws’ whiskeys feature high altitude grown heirloom and heritage American grains and mountain spring water while aging in 53-gallon charred American oak barrels. 

The full range of expressions includes: 

  • Four Grain Straight Bourbon (95 proof): After two Colorado family farms grow Law’s heirloom varietals of wheat, barley and rye, the labor-intensive cooking technique brings each grain’s individual character to life, while open-air sour mash adds complexity. Aged a minimum of three years in 53-gallon charred oak barrels, influenced by the high-altitude climate. GSN’s Thoughts: The higher proof brings out a lot of high end flavors of the grain bill. Wood aging brings a pointed edginess to the affair. A very well crafted bourbon that hearkens back to an older style of whiksey. GSN Rating: A-
  • San Luis Valley Straight Rye (95 proof): The first Bonded Rye whiskey to come from Colorado. 8,000 feet above sea level, in Colorado’s San Luis Valley, the Cody family has been cultivating this low yield, semi-wild rye grain since the 1930s. GSN’s Thoughts: Lovely spicy flavors meld with the warm cask notes. We particularly enjoy the bright pop of the rye which has a rich and chewy character. For a straight rye, this is an excellent example of how to do it right. GSN Rating: A+
  • Centennial Straight Wheat Whiskey (95 proof): Crafted with pre-industrial Centennial wheat, the heirloom spring varietal is grown for Laws in the San Luis Valley. GSN’s Thoughts: Light, elegant and more wood forward than we expected. The soft flavors of the wheat are more subdued, giving this whiskey a more tannic quality. It’s a one-note whiskey that while in itself is fine, begs for a bit more diversity of flavor. GSN Rating: B+
  • Henry Road Straight Malt Whiskey (95 proof): The barley in Henry Road was literally kept from extinction. Where commercial farmers found it too low yield, Wayne Cody found its unstripped flavor too glorious to let go. Today, his sons, in a field alongside Henry Road, continue to grow, as well as malt, this barley for Laws. They run it through on-grain sour mash and age it for at least three years in charred, 53-gallon new American white oak barrels. GSN’s Thoughts: A really interesting character that we’ve never encountered before. Alomst like oatmeal. Smooth, breakfast-like flavors with a subtle punch of oak, meld into a malt whiskey that begs for use in cocktails. Great flavor, great aging and great character. Highly recommended! GSN Rating: A++

For more information go to: Laws Whiskey House

GSN Alert: October 16th – National Liqueur Day

liqueurs2There are more liqueurs out there than you may realize.  A few of them are crucial for classic cocktails (triple sec), many are liquid desserts (Irish creams), and a few are totally unique (coca leaf liqueur).  What exactly is a liqueur, you ask?  Basically take a distilled spirit, add some sugar, and voila.  But that’s only part of the picture.  Often, liqueurs are flavored with fruit, citrus rind, berries, herbs, spices, and particularly in the case of Chartreuse the liqueur takes on the color of the ingredients.

Here are some of the many liqueurs that GSN has reviewed over the past several years.  Everything from ancho chili liqueur to bacon liqueur.  As an added bonus, I’ve included a video by the inestimable Robert “DrinkBoy” Hess which will show you how you can use as many liqueurs as possible in a single classic cocktail .

1921 Tequila Cream Liqueur

300 Joules Cream Liqueurs

Agwa Coca Herbal Liqueur

Ancho Reyes Chili Liqueur

Bärenjäger Honey & Bourbon

Barrow’s Intense Ginger Liqueur

Berentzen Liqueurs

Berentzen Bushel & Barrel

The Bitter Truth Liqueurs

The Bitter Truth Pimento Dram

Bols Foam

Caffe Borghetti

Charbay Nostalgie Black Walnut Liqueur

Cointreau

Cointreau Noir

Crave Liqueurs

Crave Chocolate Truffle Liqueur

Domaine de Canton

Galliano L’Autentico

Galliano Ristretto

Godiva Dark Chocolate Liqueur

Heering Coffee Liqueur

Hiram Walker Caramel Apple Liqueur

Hiram Walker Triple Sec

House Spirits Coffee Liqueur

Jaan Liqueur

Kahlua Coffee Cream

The King’s Ginger

Kringle Cream

Licor 43

Love Potion #9

Lovoka Caramel Liqueur

Mama Walker’s Liqueurs

Mandarine Napoleon

Mandarine XO Grande Reserve

Marie Brizard Chocolat Royal

Mariposa Agave Nectar Liqueur

Original Canton Delicate Ginger Liqueur

Patron XO Cafe Dark

Pierre Ferrand Ancienne Methode Dry Curaçao

Punzoné Lemoncino

Pür Likör Liqueurs

Root

Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur

Sorel Hibiscus Liqueur

St. Elizabeth’s Allspice Liqueur

Xanté

GSN Review: Del Professore Chinato, Aperitivo and Bitters Vermouth

Del Professore Vermouth is one of few vermouths available made solely from wine and ingredients produced in-house. The full lineup of Del Professore products include: Classico, Rosso, Bitter, Aperitivo and Chinato Vermouth.

“I love preserving and enhancing the aromas, colors and flavors of the raw materials I work with, just as I love waiting patiently for them to mature naturally,” says Carlo Quaglia, Distiller, and liquor maker.

Del Professore Chinato Vermouth combines the delicate bitterness and fortifying virtues of cinchona with the classic sweetness and aromas of vermouth, to create a beverage which is perfect as an aperitif or after-dinner drink. GSN’s Thoughts: This is a classic Italian vermouth that leans a little more towards the sweet than the bitter. Lovely mouthfeel with a soft caramel edge that feels like a rich dessert. What we particularly enjoy is a lack of the typical burnt quality that you’ll often find in inferior vermouths. Very nice indeed. GSN Rating: A

Del Professore Bitter is crafted from an exclusive recipe that includes a fresh bitter orange peel infusion and carried out with great care and dedication. This creates a unique spirit with a natural ruby red color and juniper, cinnamon and other spice aromas. The typical flavors of citrus, cascarilla, rhubarb and gentian come through on the palate. GSN’s Thoughts: At first you might think that this is sweeter than it should be, but no. The bitterness comes through loud and clear after just two seconds. This will make for a more gentle approach in a Negroni, but one that is just as flavorful. We like the spiciness of the blend as well. Very autumnal. GSN Rating: A-

Del Professore Aperitivo is the result of a fine craft infusion of mandarin, lemon, gentian, and other spices. Naturally colored, it releases intense aromas of fresh citrus, sage and flowers with a hint of gentian and other delicately bitter herbs. GSN’s Thoughts: I’ll put it plainly. This is outright delicious. Just heaven in a glass. Really compact and intense, yet it feels light and refreshing. We love the fruit forward quality, but also the herbal blend nearly as much. Honestly, we would end our day at the office with a small glass of this every day. GSN Rating: A+++

For more information go to: Del Professore

GSN Spirited News: October 13th 2020 Edition

Lansdale, Pennsylvania-based Boardroom Spirits is introducing a new Vanilla vodka ($27 a 750-ml.), along with two vodka-based ready-to-drink bottled cocktails, the Blueberry Blush and the Spiced Vanilla Peartini (both $38 a 750-ml.). The Vanilla vodka is made with Madagascar Bourbon vanilla beans and bottled at 32% abv, while the cocktails are at 21% abv. In addition to both bottled and canned cocktails, Boardroom’s range includes gin, Bourbon, rum, vodka, liqueurs, and flavored spirits.

William Grant & Sons has announced the latest release in the Balvenie Tun 1509 series, Batch 7. The 52.4% abv whisky is assembled from 21 casks—10 refill Sherry butts, 4 refill barrels, and 7 Sherry hogsheads—that were blended and left to marry for three months before bottling. Balvenie Tun 1509 Batch 7 is now rolling out across the U.S. for around $410 a 750-ml.

Brooklyn-based Kings County Distillery is launching a 7-Year Single Barrel BourbonDistilled in July 2013 and bottled at 107 proof, this barrel was reduced by a 34% angel’s share and was matured in the “greenhouse-like upstairs aging room” in the company’s Brooklyn Navy Yard distillery. This release will be sold only at the distillery, but future offerings from Kings County’s Single Barrel series will be distributed to key accounts in New York and beyond.

Rumson, New Jersey-based Penelope Bourbon has launched Rosé Cask Finish, a new limited edition. The 47% abv whiskey is blended from three different mashbills using four grains before finishing in barrels previously used to mature French rosé made from Grenache grapes. Penelope Rosé Cask Finish joins a Straight Bourbon whiskey and a barrel proof offering in the brand’s portfolio. Penelope sources its whiskies from Lawrenceburg, Indiana’s MGP Ingredients. Only 2,400 bottles of the new whiskey will be released and it will retail for around $65 a 750-ml.

Diageo is launching a new line of limited whiskies from its Tullahoma, Tennessee-based Cascade Hollow Distilling Co. Cascade Moon Edition No. 1 is an 11-year-old whisky at 42% abv, which is being promoted via the tagline “Mellow as Moonlight.” It’s rolling out in Tennessee, California, and Texas, retailing at $90. Cascade Hollow general manager and distiller Nicole Austin blended the whisky to feature similar tasting notes to those found in a gose-style beer. A second release from the Cascade Moon series will follow later this fall.

Louisville, Kentucky-based Barrell Craft Spirits has introduced Barrell Armida, a blend of three straight Bourbon whiskies finished separately in Pear Brandy, Jamaican Rum, and Sicilian Amaro casks. Armida was bottled at 56.06% abv and is available at select retailers within the brand’s current 45 U.S. markets and online via the BCS website. A limited run of 3,700 750-ml. bottles is rolling out, retailing at $90. An independent blender and bottler of aged, cask-strength sourced whiskey and rum, Barrell Craft was founded by former marketing and tech entrepreneur Joe Beatrice in in 2013.

Portland, Oregon’s Freeland Spirits has introduced a new canned French 75 cocktail. The 15.5% abv cocktail is made with Freeland gin, lemon juice, and Inox Unoaked Chardonnay from Chehalem Winery. The combination is carbonated and packaged in 8.4-ounce cans. Four-packs are now available at Freeland’s tasting room and in retailers in Oregon, Washington, California, Florida, Illinois, and New York for around $17. Freeland’s French 75 joins American gin, Bourbon, Genever-inspired spirit Geneva, and a canned Gin and Tonic in the distillery’s portfolio.

Chopin Imports has launched a selection of spirits from Ireland’s Hinch Distillery in the U.S. For the initial rollout, Chopin has released Hinch Small Batch whiskey (matured in Bourbon casks and retailing for $30), Hinch 5 Year Old Double Wood (ex-Bourbon and new American oak, $40), Hinch 10 Year Old Sherry Cask ($55), and Ninth Wave gin ($30.) These spirits are now available in 11 states with national distribution (and an expanded lineup including Single Malt and Pot Still whiskies) to follow in February 2021.

Nashville, Tennessee’s Brown Water Spirits has launched O.H. Ingram River Aged Straight whiskeyThe 46% abv whiskey matured in a floating rickhouse in the Mississippi River in Ballard County, Kentucky. This is the first release from Brown Water Spirits, and the company says the next offering in its River Aged series, a straight rye, will follow in November. O.H. Ingram River Aged Straight whiskey is now available in Tennessee with expansion into other markets coming as more of the whiskey becomes available.

Luxury Tequila brand PaQui has debuted across six U.S. states, including New York, California, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and Tennessee. The new brand includes 100%-blue agave Silvera ($50 a 750-ml.), Reposado ($60), and Añejo ($70) expressions and is made by master Tequilero Gilberto Jasso in Jalisco, Mexico. PaQui means “to be happy” in the Aztec language, and its bottle design is inspired by an Aztec pyramid. Founder John Chappell is a veteran of Banfi, Boston Beer, and Labatt USA.

Edrington’s The Glenrothes has announced its oldest whisky so far, a 50-year-old single malt distilled in November 1968. The whisky matured in ex-Bourbon and ex-Sherry casks before bottling at 48% abv. Each bottle is sold in a lacquered black case and the whisky comes in a numbered crystal decanter. Only 50 bottles will be available globally, retailing at $35,000. Buyers will be invited to the Glenrothes estate (typically closed to the public) and enrolled in a 50-member club with the other buyers, offering the chance to purchase exclusive malts in the future.

Courtesy of Shanken News Daily

GSN Brews News: October 13th 2020 Edition

Longmont, Colorado’s Oskar Blues has debuted a new mixed 12-pack for its Wild Basin Boozy Sparkling Water. The pack features four new flavors—Fruity Sangria, Mango Mai Tai, Habanero Piña Colada, and Bitter Citrus Spritz—all inspired by mixology. Each 12-ounce can comes in at 5% abv and 100 calories, with one gram of carbs. The new releases join Original Wild Basin mixed pack, Berry mixed pack, and 6-packs of the brand’s Black Raspberry seltzer in the Wild Basin portfolio.

Courtesy of Shanken News Daily

GSN Review: Goodwood 2 Live Brew Double IPA

Goodwood’s 2 Live Brew DIPA can be summed up in one word. Bold. From the initial pour, one may find themselves simply admiring the beer in the glass. It’s a dark brown translucent beer topped with a thick white foamy head that needs to be held up to the light to see the color.

There is a strong hop aroma, slightly floral, which does little to prepare you for the flavor. It’s bold. Very hop forward, the first sip can be overwhelming if you don’t know what to expect. Very bitter, highly hoppy, the beer has a long lasting bitterness that remains after you finish your first sip. It slowly balances out to a slightly dry malty sweetness which makes you want to quaff. However, this DIPA is definitely fit for a sip session. It has a higher ABV at 8.2%, but is doesn’t come off as boozy, which is a pleasant surprise considering the alcohol content.

This is a perfect beer to enjoy with the coming cold weather, as it does feel warming. Goodwood certainly knows their way around balancing such a potent flavor. It’s very bitter, and each sip reminds you of how much they have packed into this beer, but yet it remains balanced with the malt. Once you acclimate to the intense resin and dank hop character, it begins to smooth itself out and overall is a very enjoyable experience. GSN Rating: B+

For more information go to: Goodwood Beer

Review by Kieran Jerome Matthew for Good Spirits News

GSN Review: Sombra Mezcal

Founded in 2006, Sombra Mezcal has been handcrafted in Santiago Matatlán, Oaxaca, Mexico. Sombra is made from organically farmed, high altitude Espadín agave and distilled at the traditional strength of 90 proof.  Sombra is also one of a few mezcal brands that owns and operates its own Palenque – ensuring consistent quality, supply and environmentally friendly production methods. Each step of Sombra’s production, from fermentation to distillation, has been re-imagined to reduce its ecological impact while respecting artisanal traditions.

This fall, they’ve re-imagined the bottle, inspired by the venerable vaso veladora (candle glass). Originally these glass cups were used to contain Mexican prayer candles. The fluttering illumination of a bank of these candles adds to the ambiance of every Oaxacan church. 

The grey-shaded glass bottle is a nod to the brand’s name (which means shadow in Spanish) and the light smokiness of the taste. The refreshed logo and copper lettering represent the stills used in the distillation of the artisanal spirit. The label shape represents the brick made by Sombra’s Adobe Brick Project which is part of Sombra’s award-winning sustainability initiatives at their Palenque in Santiago Matatlán, Oaxaca. The Sombra Adobe brick project upcycles distillation waste to create adobe bricks used to build houses for those in need in the community.

“We are very proud of this new iconic bottle. It reflects a contemporary expression of our history and traditions. It fills me with happiness that the bottle is part of the adobe bricks project and inspires me to improve by helping more indigenous families and communities through it.” said Martha Jimenez, Sombra’s General Manager and Director of the Sombra Adobe Brick Project, she added “… the new bottle uses a reduced glass weight making it more eco-friendly.”

The new bottle was done in collaboration with revered design studio Sandstrom, which accepted the challenge to create the redesigned Sombra bottle. “The result is respectful of Oaxacan traditions and Mexican design where purpose, function and beauty are all part of the execution,” says Steve Sandstrom, founder and partner of Sandstrom Design.

Sombra Mezcal (90 proof)
Appearance: Clear. 
Aroma: Bright, high agave notes with a medium smoke patina. The nose has a rich, near metallic sensibility that gives it  a rustic and artisanal character.
Taste: Smoke driven with a saline presence. Nice peppery heat and fresh, well distilled agave fill out the roundness and meld into a powerful mezcal delivery.
Finish: Long, with the smoke gradually fading, while the peppery notes cling on to the agave. 
Overall: Really well done. We’ve had plenty of Espadin spirits over the years, but this one ranks near the top. It’s a mezcal that we keep going back to and sets a new bar for others to be measured against. Truly wonderful as a sipping spirit, or as the base for some incredible cocktails.
GSN Rating: A++

For more information go to: Sombra Mezcal