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Arroqueño, Rey Campero

With over 70 years of experience, Rey Campero represents the culture and tradition of Candelaria Yegolé, a small village in the Sierra Sur, in the municipality of Zoquitlán. The fertile soil along the Rio Quiechapa is home to more than seven species of agave that grow wild along the slopes and canyons. Helmed by Romulo Sanchez Parada, this collective of brothers, cousins, and nephews 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. Espadín and wild agave are harvested, then cooked underground for 4–5 days before being allowed to rest for up to a week. Then, once milled by tahona, the fiber is placed in wooden vats where it open-air ferments for up to 12 days, depending on the season. Once fermented, the mash and juice from the vats are distilled in one of three small copper pot stills to produce the delicious elixir which is Mezcal Rey Campero. These distillates express an unflinching translation of the terroir and the agave that it produces.

Spirit Type:
Agave / Sotol / Pox
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Tasting Notes

Made from the massive Agave Americana, which typically takes from 18 to 25 years to mature, this is a rare Arroqueño release from Romulo and we’re thrilled to see it. Rested for two years and then bottled in a limited batch of 480 bottles, the mezcal opens with assertive high notes before mellowing into soft red fruit and young melon on the mid palate. During a recent visit to Oaxaca, this batch was a clear favorite from the palenque — imagine our chagrin when we were told it wasn’t being bottled yet. Now imagine our joy when we heard it was ready to ship at last! A real treat.

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