Cuishe, 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.
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The light-on-its-feet character of this mezcal belies the feisty A. karwinskii varietal from which it was made. Tomatillo, ginger, and orange fruit dance on the palate, followed by a delicate note of honeydew.