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Rey Campero Tepextate

Rey Campero Tepextate is made from wild Tepextate that has matured 15-18 years before harvest. Rey Campero means “King of the Countryside” in Spanish.

About this mezcal

Rey Campero Tepextate is made from wild Tepextate that has matured 15-18 years before harvest. After roasting and crushing, it is fermented with wild yeast in the open air before double distillation and bottling. Rey Campero has a strong commitment to local sustainability. For each maguey harvested for their Mezcal, others are planted. They do this with all of their agave, but it is particularly important for the Tepextate populations given the time needed for each Tepextate plant to reach maturity.

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

4.1 out of 5


Patrick

Patrick

41 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars2 weeks ago

Lot DS011-T March 2018
Romulo Sanchez Parada
Nose : floral and cinnamon like spices , earthy peppercorns. Smells more like a tobala.
Taste : ahh there’s the tepextate! Bell peppers, vegetal, pretty sweet with medicinal candy and celery.
Finish : drying effect. Short with the right amount of smoke.
Very solid and well priced

SoloAgave

SoloAgave

84 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars3 months ago

A friend shared this with me I wanted to fall in love but I’ve had a few other Tepeztates recently that really stood out (at a lower price point) and this came across a bit more toned down. Vegetal, creamy, lightly sweet, muted, and still a great mezcal at its core – I suppose my expectations just out paced my experience.

meserole

meserole

68 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars3 months ago

Black pepper, nasturtium flower, jalapeño, bell pepper, and violet. A lot of these flavors are to be expected from a tepeztate, but there’s some hotness and sharpness that is distinctive.

TzotollineRaramuri

TzotollineRaramuri

75 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars8 months ago

Lot DS009-T; B# 53/676; Oct 2017.
👀- clear
👃- drying impact.
Aromas of acetone, rubber, plastics, floral, honey, sugar cane, mandarin, grapefruit, pineapple, pine nuts, raw almonds, white apricot, cooked agave, moist clay.
Powerful and complex production aroma.
Average length and fine character.
👅- coating slightly astringent effect; sufficient smooth alcohol; medium-full body.
Primarily sour taste with sweet bitterness highlights; buttery smoothness.
Flavors of peach, apricot, lemon and lime, floral, honeycomb, ginger, spice, sugarcane, roasted agave, marzipan, cherry brandy.
Concentrated flavor intensity, complex character, harmonious balance.
Pleasant and very long finish.
Very good to excellent overall impression.
*Main drawback is the acetone/chemical congeneres.

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Lot DS009-T; B# 53/676; Oct 2017.
👀- clear
👃- drying impact.
Aromas of acetone, rubber, plastics, floral, honey, sugar cane, mandarin, grapefruit, pineapple, pine nuts, raw almonds, white apricot, cooked agave, moist clay.
Powerful and complex production aroma.
Average length and fine character.
👅- coating slightly astringent effect; sufficient smooth alcohol; medium-full body.
Primarily sour taste with sweet bitterness highlights; buttery smoothness.
Flavors of peach, apricot, lemon an

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PhilBrunski

PhilBrunski

25 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars9 months ago

Sep 2015. Hot. Strong peppers, orange blossum and vinegar flavors come through and while I really enjoyed this bottle, it has the potential to be so much better if it didn’t have the strong alcohol heat from start to finish.

spasta

spasta

22 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars9 months ago

A solid four stars. Somewhere between 4 and 4.5. Really interesting but felt it was missing some complexity.

Meady

Meady

53 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars1 year ago

Green nose – floral, herbs with some sweetness
Mild sweetness continues on the palate but dominated by vegetal flavours, jalapeno, underlying mineral, light smoke.
Spice continues throughout with lingering but light peppery finish.
Thick and smooth. Good balance to it.
Really enjoyable.

t8ke

t8ke

144 reviews
Rated 3 out of 5 stars1 year ago

Sweet with lots of cream cheese frosting, some vanilla, confectioners sugar. Pepper, ashy and acrid. Faint plastic. Lightly vegetal, almost a faint woody note.

El-Dawg

El-Dawg

124 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars1 year ago

Classic tempeztate (probably why I like it so much). Green nose with jalapeño throughout. Peppers and “greens” hitting you directly in the nose & with first sip. Great body and sweet finish. Not as good as the El Jolgorio tepeztate, but this is my favorite of the R.C. mezcals (came in first in a blind taste test of 5x R.C.s). Lote: DS0074-T

meighmey

meighmey

18 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars1 year ago

Lot Unknown … Floral aromas backed by a hint of mild fruit; flavors of green bell pepper with an undertone of minerality. Enjoyable peppery finish. Enjoyed in a “wild & rare” flight, selection 4 of 4.

Nick

Nick

25 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars2 years ago

A coveted 250ml from Oaxaca. Lote: D5007A-T. Mezcalero: Romulo Sanchez Parada. 48.7%. Some alcohol vapours on the nose, then flavour, flavour, flavour. Spice, candy, pepper. If you have only one tepextate on your shelf let it be Rey Compero.

GreenspointTexas

GreenspointTexas

299 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars2 years ago

Echo most everything the other reviews have already said. If there were less of a fusel-type alcohol burn on the finish, this would be 5 stars. Well done

justsomedude

justsomedude

17 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars2 years ago

Continuing the trend of Rey Campero’s I’ve tried this has a lot of nice notes but overall is too unrefined to be amazing. This Tepextate is spicy and herbacious on the nose, very dry. Palate belies the nose with a bit of agave sweetness backing up a medley of vegetables including celery, cucumber, parsley, bell pepper. Finish is medium length, mostly peppery veg. 83/100

CampStars

CampStars

11 reviews
Rated 5 out of 5 stars2 years ago

Floral, with a silky texture. Balanced vegetal notes. Such a luxurious mezcal that will spoil you for life.

Rakhal

Rakhal

317 reviews
Rated 5 out of 5 stars2 years ago

Lot DS005-T. It’s been a couple of years since I last had this Mezcal. I revisited it last night and I loved it. Not super complex, just textbook Tepextate. All the flavors that I love most from this agave. Bright and fresh and clean, with fresh jalapeño, lemon curd, and plumeria flower. Puts a smile on my face.

thamthong

thamthong

47 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars3 years ago

lot D-5002-T, Sept ’14, bottle 555/670. sweet peppers, lightly floral, almost perfume-like on the nose. salt on entry followed verdant sweetness and cracked black pepper, fragrant finish.

DEEF

DEEF

5 reviews
Rated 5 out of 5 stars3 years ago

Another stand out exceptional mezcal! I recall delicious smoke on this. Also dynamic flavors and thicker mouthfeel than the Jabali. Slight building acidity in the middle that softens by sweet finish. It was a close favorite of mine with Jabali. More curiosity going on here with some balanced smoke and depth of flavors. Exceptional wild agave. Romulo and Vicente are dialed in!

Chris

Chris

40 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars3 years ago

Nov 2017 D5006A-T 14 / 790. I continue to be a big fan of the whole Rey Campero line. This is right up there with their Jabali. Some ash and minerals and nice rounded sweetness. Went out for dinner and bought the only remaining bottle in the store to bring back to Texas, which is Jan 2016 DS005-T 102 / 582.

David M

Rated 5 out of 5 stars5 years ago

Amazing, just amazing

Jonny

Jonny

533 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars5 years ago

Giving this 4 stars overall. I’ve had several batches of this and it seems to level out around 4 stars, with some batches being better than others. The December 2015 batch DS004-T is absolutely incredible. It’s maybe one of the best tepextate’s I’ve ever tasted and I’d give that 5 stars. Lot D3003-T, however, from Sept. 2015 is more like three stars. It’s nicely balanced with a good amount of sweetness and spice. The spirit is fairly thick and viscous with notes of caramelized fruit and freshly ground peppercorn. Good Tepeztate mezcals are hard to find, and this one is pretty darn good.

Giving this 4 stars overall. I’ve had several batches of this and it seems to level out around 4 stars, with some batches being better than others. The December 2015 batch DS004-T is absolutely incredible. It’s maybe one of the best tepextate’s I’ve ever tasted and I’d give that 5 stars. Lot D3003-T, however, from Sept. 2015 is more like three stars. It’s nicely balanced with a good amount of sweetness and spice. The spirit is fairly thick and viscous with not

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Tyler

Tyler

503 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars5 years ago

This delicious tepextate from Rey Campero is very vegetal on the nose with minimal spice that doesn’t take hold until you sip. The flavors are earthy, cinnamon, and jalapeno with undertones of caramel. This batch is 49% ABV so expect a bite if your palate isn’t warmed up. This review is for the following batch: September 2015 LOT D5003-T

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