With over 70 years of combined experience, Rey Campero represents the culture and tradition of Candelaria Yegolé, a small village in Zoquitlán, a municipality nestled within Oaxaca’s southern mountain range, the Sierra Sur. The fertile soil along the Rio Quiechapa is abundant with a wide variety of agave that grow wild along the slopes and canyons, and some of Oaxaca’s most famous maestro mezcaleros call this small district home.
Helmed by Romulo Sanchez Parada, this family collective chose the name Rey Campero, meaning “King of the Countryside”, to reflect the relationship between the landscape and those who work so tirelessly to harvest the magueys from this challenging terrain. Romulo and his family have some of the most diverse and productive agave nurseries in Oaxaca; Espadín and rare varieties of agave such as Tepextate and Jabalí are cultivated side by side. When they achieve maturity, some are allowed to flower and seed, while the rest are harvested and cooked underground for 4–5 days, before resting for up to a week. Then, after being crushed by a traditional stone mill (or tahona), the fiber is placed in wooden vats (tinas) where it is naturally fermented in open air for up to 12 days, depending on the season. The fermented agave fibers and juice (tepache) from the vats are distilled in one of three small copper pot stills, finally offering the delicious elixir which is Mezcal Rey Campero. These distillates express an unflinching translation of the terroir, the family, and the agave which comprise it.
- AMMA-certified mezcal produced in Candelaria Yegolé, Zoquitlán, Oaxaca
- Maestro Mezcalero Vicente Sánchez Parada
- Distilled from 50% Mexicano (A. rhodacantha) and 50% Madre Cuishe (A. karwinskii)
- Cooked in an earthen pit oven; milled using traditional horse-drawn stone tahona
- Fermented with river water in pine & cypress tanks
- Distilled twice using copper alembic pot stills
- Herbaceous and oily with plenty of depth—rosemary, fallen pine needles, and hibiscus are joined enticingly by notes of bay leaf, cedar plank, peanut shells, Bosc pear skin, saline, and fresh-out-of-the-box action figures
- 50.3% ABV (ABV may vary batch to batch)
A split of equal parts Mexicano and Madre Cuishe, this unique batch is an instant classic, a love letter from maestro mezcalero Vicente Sánchez Parada to all the aficionados who have been following Rey Campero for years and know the family’s mastery of these two distinct species and how they express themselves in the soil of Candelaria Yegolé! Highly limited.