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Rey Campero Cuishe

Rey Campero Cuishe has a very clean, crisp nose with a nice fruit and mineral flavor mixing with some heat on the finish.

About this mezcal

The Rey Campero Cuishe mezcalero, Romulo Sanchez Parada, learned how to make mezcal from his dad and worked in the palenque until he was 20.  When the economy went bad and Mezcal was no longer a viable enterprise he emigrated north and worked in North Carolina. He returned to Mexico in 2003, gathered his family, and began making Mezcal again. Rey Campero Cuishe has a very clean, crisp nose with a nice fruit and mineral mixing with some heat on the finish.

Rey Campero Mezcal

Rey Campero represents the culture, tradition and art of Candelaria Yegolé, a small town in the Southern Highlands of Oaxaca, with a fertile ground on its slopes and canyons. It represents a people dedicated to the production of artisanal Mezcal, so one of its principles is to help producers of maguey, by creating job opportunities, but especially in finding markets for the best Mezcal. Rey Campero, means "King of the Countryside" and it was founded by the maestro mezcalero Romulo Sanchez Parada. Romulo learned how to make mezcal from his father, and he worked in the palenque until age 20. He lived and worked for several years in North Carolina while in his 20s before returning to Oaxaca in 2003. Each lot may vary slightly, so check your bottle for specific details about ABV.

21 reviews

3.62 out of 5

Americana Kyle

Americana Kyle

60 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars2 weeks ago

Nothing but good comes from Rey Campero. This was well done.

DavCao

DavCao

3 reviews
Rated 3 out of 5 stars2 months ago

Lot:DS006-C Dic2015. 48.8% very herbaceus In the nose with a note of burnt agave and liquoirice. In the mouth Is similar. Not the best in lenght but work ok for the price

Zack Klamn

Zack Klamn

371 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars4 months ago

Lote: DS010-C
Nose – Muddy gardening soil. Orange citrus.

Palate – Oreo cookie filling. A tad hot/vapory in the middle. Gonna borrow from Jonny of 5 years ago and tack on the buttery potatoes. A jarred caper salinity. Finish is dry, floral and smoky. A smoky, vanilla aftertaste (an uptick in the sweetness).

meserole

meserole

71 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars6 months ago

My favorite of several varietals from the Rey Campero line, unsurprising to me because I love a good Karwinskii. This has the wet leaves, sour green apple on the tongue, with mineral/clean stones/chocolate milk aftertaste that is divinely smooth on the way out.

HighWine

HighWine

61 reviews
Rated 3 out of 5 stars9 months ago

Lote: D8008B-C
Aroma of fresh peppermint, dark chocolate, and green grape skin, and light smoke. Bold with a fair amount of heat in the mouth. Green grape, grass, apple, and pear. Medium-full palate and the mouthfeel is my favorite attribute. I’m enjoying this more on my second serving but expected more.

TzotollineRaramuri

TzotollineRaramuri

75 reviews
Rated 3 out of 5 stars9 months ago

Lote D5008B-C; 200ml

?- clear
?- drying impact.
Aromas of fresh herbs, raw wood, lemon, honeydew.
Adequate & simple production.
Average length and ordinary character.
?- astringent effect with some coating; sufficient smooth alcohol;medium body.
Primarily sweet, sour, bitter taste; buttery smoothness.
Flavors of peppercorn, lime, fresh herbs, rosemary, orange.
Light-Medium concentration flavor intensity, simple character, harmonious balance.
Straightforward and very long finish.
Very good overall impression.

*void of flaws, in correct balance, just not very flavorful character nor complex. May need to revisit and re-evaluate profile.

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Lote D5008B-C; 200ml
?- clear
?- drying impact.
Aromas of fresh herbs, raw wood, lemon, honeydew.
Adequate & simple production.
Average length and ordinary character.
?- astringent effect with some coating; sufficient smooth alcohol;medium body.
Primarily sweet, sour, bitter taste; buttery smoothness.
Flavors of peppercorn, lime, fresh herbs, rosemary, orange.
Light-Medium concentration flavor intensity, simple character, harmonious balance.
Straightforward and very long finish.
Very good ov

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Gregg T&T

Gregg T&T

100 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars10 months ago

Lot R5001-C from Ramiro Sanchez Altamirano at 52.8% Tropical fruit salad with an easy nose, hiding the heavy AVB. Spicy! Lots of heat, this will wake you right up or keep you warm on a chilly evening.

edgy4sure

edgy4sure

37 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars11 months ago

Rich in minerals and vegetables. Peppery with a very heavy mouth coating. This is the 2nd Rey Campero i’ve owned tried and it continues to be a brand that I want to own them all – this is good juice!

stigibeu

stigibeu

33 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars1 year ago

3.75. Getting the same wet stone minerality mentioned below, along with some bbq sweetness. It’s good, but a step or two away from the very good/elite karwinskiis.

t8ke

t8ke

144 reviews
Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars2 years ago

Long, powerful, acrid. Lots of burning wood, faint plastic, ashy goodness. The fruits and sweetness are toned down here completely, giving way to a pepper bomb of smoke.

El-Dawg

El-Dawg

136 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars2 years ago

One of my first intros to Cuishe. Super green on the nose, with a good bite. Smells of brown sugar. Herbaceous and strong with end tastes of green peppers & ‘old’ bananas. This came in 2nd behind the R.C Tep. in my blind tastes. Lote DS008B-C

SpencerS

SpencerS

13 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars2 years ago

Second Rey Campero I’ve tried and am pretty new to Cuishe.

The nose contains a lot of citrus with a caramel sweetness and a clean, wet stone minerality. Very little smoke but a slight hint of roasted pepper and leather.

The pallet is rich and oily with roasted agave coating the mouth. The orange/citrus notes picked up on the nose cut through to create a nice clean finish. Much more “roasty” than smokey. Like the Rey Campero Jabali, heat lingers after the sip.

All in all, a very nice, well rounded and clean mezcal. 4 solid stars.

Second Rey Campero I’ve tried and am pretty new to Cuishe.
The nose contains a lot of citrus with a caramel sweetness and a clean, wet stone minerality. Very little smoke but a slight hint of roasted pepper and leather.
The pallet is rich and oily with roasted agave coating the mouth. The orange/citrus notes picked up on the nose cut through to create a nice clean finish. Much more “roasty” than smokey. Like the Rey Campero Jabali, heat lingers after the sip.
All in all, a

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Rakhal

Rakhal

317 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars2 years ago

DS008B-C. Sweet and spicy. Caramel, cinnamon, allspice, clove, and brown sugar. Nice for sipping by the fire on a cold rainy night.

Spirit_Chaser

Spirit_Chaser

20 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars2 years ago

Lot: DS00 8A-C 48.3%abv
Nose is very vegetal, charred zucchini, fruity with a touch of earthiness, citrus lime, banana, buttercream. Taste is more vegetal notes of roasted agave, banana, toffee, with mint on the back end along with an alcohol bite. Finish is dry and a bit chalky. This is really great but I do wish the finish was a bit longer. Still rock solid.

TheAgaveFairy

TheAgaveFairy

164 reviews
Rated 3 out of 5 stars3 years ago

Rey Campero Cuishe 48.3%
Lote DS008B-C?

Appearance: Clear, decent legs with slow beads.

Nose: Grilled [green] banana. Ashy, peppery, starchy. Good aromatics with some hazelnut, more banana, slight orange bitters, lemon pith, lime, minerals. Chamomile, light vanilla, cardamom, slight dried pepper (green, maybe some ancho). Maybe that vanilla is actually coffee. Air is helping a bit.

Palate: Yea, karwinskii, dry but this does have some good sweetness. Not “wowing” me, really, slightly hot finish. Sides of my mouth are a little refreshed, retronasal is sweeter banana and white pepper. Slight caramelization. Finish could be longer. Off a suspicion, a splash of water was added, it helped a touch to bring out the lemon and make the banana less “Runtz” and more “grocery store”, both are acceptable to me.

Thoughts: Meh? I’ll be sure to revisit but I’m glad I didn’t get a whole bottle. Karwinskiis are hard to do right, and this just bores me. Still a good brand always worth supporting, but this batch is a pass.

Rey Campero Cuishe 48.3%
Lote DS008B-C?
Appearance: Clear, decent legs with slow beads.
Nose: Grilled [green] banana. Ashy, peppery, starchy. Good aromatics with some hazelnut, more banana, slight orange bitters, lemon pith, lime, minerals. Chamomile, light vanilla, cardamom, slight dried pepper (green, maybe some ancho). Maybe that vanilla is actually coffee. Air is helping a bit.
Palate: Yea, karwinskii, dry but this does have some good sweetness. Not “wowing” me, really, slightly hot fini

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Nic Hnastchenko

Nic Hnastchenko

108 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars3 years ago

Bar Sotano last night. Loved this one. Don’t have any notes

DEEF

DEEF

5 reviews
Rated 3 out of 5 stars3 years ago

Some bite to this. Slight sweet. I prefer the Madre Cuishe. I like this better than the Mexicano though.

Chris

Chris

40 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars4 years ago

DS007-C Sept 2016 692 / 1054 49.5% ABV. Yep, another really solid offering from Rey Campero. Every one I’ve had . . . never disappointed and if you ever see Parada’s Secretos de Yegole Coyote, don’t pass it up. It’s five star unobtanium. Drinking the Cuishe today with two more expensive Jolgorios from the Karwinskii family, the Barril and the Tobaziche. Definitely not the runt of the litter!

Dec 4, 2018 – polished off the bottle last weekend with some friends. Went to restock, which is always a good sign. There were four or five left and one lone RC Jabali on the shelf for a few dollars more, so it got the nod today.

DS007-C Sept 2016 692 / 1054 49.5% ABV. Yep, another really solid offering from Rey Campero. Every one I’ve had . . . never disappointed and if you ever see Parada’s Secretos de Yegole Coyote, don’t pass it up. It’s five star unobtanium. Drinking the Cuishe today with two more expensive Jolgorios from the Karwinskii family, the Barril and the Tobaziche. Definitely not the runt of the litter!
Dec 4, 2018 – polished off the bottle last weekend with some friends. Went

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Tyler

Tyler

532 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars5 years ago

Earth, wood, leather, vegetal notes, and a bit of pepper on the nose. The taste is the nice definition of a wild karwinskii mezcal: bright flavors of fruit and caramel. This is very approachable and supremely enjoyable. Lot DS004-C from Feb. 2014

Jonny

Jonny

537 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars5 years ago

Lot DS 004-C from Feb 2014. A very special Rey Campero! This is clean on the nose with a bit of flint. The palate is vegetal with floral notes of orange blossom and rose hip, and fresh vegetal notes of green pepper, mint, and buttery potatoes. Very good!

3chainz

3chainz

19 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars5 years ago

Nose has subtle herbal notes but nice and honestly the rest is the same way, sweet flavors and smooth finish. Very drinkable!

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