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Rey Campero Mexicano

Rey Campero’s Mexicano is produced from maguey Mexicano that is harvested from high-altitude fields that often contain coniferous and hardwood trees.

About this mezcal

Rey Campero’s Mexicano is produced from maguey Mexicano. This mezcal tastes of smoked wood, dry grass, and cafe espresso. Romulo Sanchez Parada continues to hone his craft, and he seems to improve with every batch. This is traditionally produced and distilled in copper.

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.

12 reviews

3.46 out of 5

Zack Klamn

Zack Klamn

369 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars4 months ago

Nose – Candied jalapeños. Root beer soda. Vanilla.

Palate – I dig the gradual build in heat. Long lasting sweetness. Mandarin orange peel. Oak campfire smoke. A dry champagne finish with lasting peppery heat throughout.

TzotollineRaramuri

TzotollineRaramuri

75 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars9 months ago

Lote D5009-M; 200ml
?- clear
?- drying impact.
Aromas of VA/Acetone- clay, chalky minerality, plastics, light sour honey.
Adequate & simple production.
Average length and ordinary character.
?- astringent effect with some coating; sufficient smooth alcohol; medium body.
Primarily sour taste, with light sweet & bitter highlights; buttery smoothness.
Flavors of peppercorn, ginger, rosemary & pine, ripe melons, white peach, guava, ashy wood.
Concentrated flavor intensity, slightly complex, harmonious balance.
Pleasant and very long finish.
Very good overall impression.

*well balanced, fair complexity, thankfully the ethyl acetate disappears on the palate, which gains it points. The nose aromatics, and the in-mouth aroma/flavor profile are quite contrasting, very interesting character

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Lote D5009-M; 200ml
?- clear
?- drying impact.
Aromas of VA/Acetone- clay, chalky minerality, plastics, light sour honey.
Adequate & simple production.
Average length and ordinary character.
?- astringent effect with some coating; sufficient smooth alcohol; medium body.
Primarily sour taste, with light sweet & bitter highlights; buttery smoothness.
Flavors of peppercorn, ginger, rosemary & pine, ripe melons, white peach, guava, ashy wood.
Concentrated flavor intensity, slightly compl

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t8ke

t8ke

144 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars1 year ago

Sweet and complex. Loaded with cream sweetness, fresh cracked pepper, light clay. No bitterness or astringency – something I was worried about from the nose. Lightly smoky, with a surprisingly rich mouth feel.

El-Dawg

El-Dawg

136 reviews
Rated 3 out of 5 stars2 years ago

Bit bright and sharp. Sweet notes on the nose and in the front taste. Tried this in a blind flight taste test with 5 other Rey Campero mezcals….came in at the bottom two (top two were the Tep. & Cuishe). Bit too much ethanol taste. Not bad by any means, but not really that great (especially compared to the others by R.C.). This is one of my first Mexicanos, so still getting that acquired taste to this specific agave (this reminds me of an espadin on initial taste). Lot: D5007-M, 48.2%.

Bit bright and sharp. Sweet notes on the nose and in the front taste. Tried this in a blind flight taste test with 5 other Rey Campero mezcals….came in at the bottom two (top two were the Tep. & Cuishe). Bit too much ethanol taste. Not bad by any means, but not really that great (especially compared to the others by R.C.). This is one of my first Mexicanos, so still getting that acquired taste to this specific agave (this reminds me of an espadin on initial taste). Lot: D5007-M, 48

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rsidrys

rsidrys

50 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars2 years ago

I’ve had this one many times now and it remains a mystery to me as there are notes I can’t put my finger on. It’s very aromatic and almost like perfume. In the mouth, that can carryover as overly sweet floral oils.

There’s also bell peppers covered in chili pepper seasoning. Sometimes the strong sweetness comes across chemical, like caulk or paint? I’m on the fence with this one – unique to say the least.

D5003-M, Dec 2015

justsomedude

justsomedude

17 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars2 years ago

Like most Rey Campero mezcals this one is a bit rough around the edges but overall quite good. Peppery spice on the nose along with lots of cooked agave and bell pepper. Palate is herbacious and vegetal with green bell pepper and white pepper spice. Mouthfeel is not thin but not particularly rich. Nice drying finish with minerality and white pepper. 80/100

Rorschach

Rorschach

37 reviews
Rated 3 out of 5 stars3 years ago

Lot DS005-M from August 2017. Bottle 1030/1518.
Really liking Mexicano. Not as smooth/sweet as my favorite.

Nic Hnastchenko

Nic Hnastchenko

108 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars3 years ago

Another at Todos Santos, don’t think i’ve had something from Rey Campero that i didn’t love.

SBP

SBP

6 reviews
Rated 3 out of 5 stars3 years ago

I’ve had two different bottles of this over the years, the first was from 2013 (don’t recall the batch number), 3 stars. This one was fruit, almost like oranges in smell. The taste was sharp, peppery, with a finish of caramel.

The second was December 2015 Lot:D5003-M Bottle 362/800, 4 stars. This bottle was quite different, much more viscous in texture and really coated the tongue. Also a fruity nose, but with the taste being more herbaceous and briny than other Mexicanos I’ve had. You can really taste the salinity here and has the classic Mexicano pepper taste.

I’ve had two different bottles of this over the years, the first was from 2013 (don’t recall the batch number), 3 stars. This one was fruit, almost like oranges in smell. The taste was sharp, peppery, with a finish of caramel.
The second was December 2015 Lot:D5003-M Bottle 362/800, 4 stars. This bottle was quite different, much more viscous in texture and really coated the tongue. Also a fruity nose, but with the taste being more herbaceous and briny than other Mexicanos I’ve

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Chris

Chris

40 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars4 years ago

D5004-M August 2017 Bottle 88 / 554. Another solid Rey Campero offering Earth, a bit of smoke, smooth mouth feel. The aftertaste lingers and really reminds you of what you were drinking.

Jonny

Jonny

537 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars5 years ago

Lot DS008-M from March 2018. Love this! A new favorite Mexicano in my book. Notes of chocolate, leather, rawhides, mesquite, and camphor. Strong, long finish. I’m really digging this batch. 4.5 stars

Lot DS001-M from May 2013. Very fruity on the nose with almost no pepper. I normally expect some pepper with agave Mexicano, and this has almost none on the nose. The flavor, however, has strong notes of green pepper and caramel. This mezcal is very full in the mouth and a bit oily. I’m a huge fan of Mexicano and this one is good, but not great. This is a solid Mexicano, but it lacks the wow! factor that I’ve tasted in other Mexicano mezcals. It’s a 3.5 stars.

Lot DS008-M from March 2018. Love this! A new favorite Mexicano in my book. Notes of chocolate, leather, rawhides, mesquite, and camphor. Strong, long finish. I’m really digging this batch. 4.5 stars
Lot DS001-M from May 2013. Very fruity on the nose with almost no pepper. I normally expect some pepper with agave Mexicano, and this has almost none on the nose. The flavor, however, has strong notes of green pepper and caramel. This mezcal is very full in the mouth and a bit oily. I’m

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Tyler

Tyler

532 reviews
Rated 3 out of 5 stars5 years ago

Peppery flavors are dominant in this strong Mexicano mezcal at 48.6% ABV. There are nice earthy tones with hints of firewood, peat, tangerine, and vanilla. Very enjoyable but definitely on the stronger side of Mexicanos. May 2013 Lot D5001-M.

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