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Rey Campero Tepeztate & Pulquero Ensemble, limited release tasting notes


  • Location: Zoquitlan, Oaxaca 
  • Agave: Tepeztate, Pulquero / A. marmorata, A. salmiana
  • Maestro: Romulo Sanchez Parada 
  • Abv: 48.9%
  • Tasting keywords: Heady, roasted chilies, sweet earth 
  • NOM: 0185X
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Lifted and bright aromas are heavenly, with bubble gum confectionary and earthy vines. There is a sake or polished rice note that lends itself to the opulent character.


Spicy up front with roasted red chilies, flavors of cilantro, cucumber, and melon are well rounded. Balanced between sweet and earthy with a lengthy finish that seems to be hiding more flavors within. Delicious now and will be even better with more time rested in glass. 


Rey Campero is artisanally produced featuring in ground cooking for up to five days, followed by cooling and resting up to one week. Cooked agaves are crushed by a tahona and open air fermented with natural ambient yeasts for up to 12 days before double distillation in small copper pot stills. Both species of wild agaves used are known for taking upwards of a decade to mature. This limited release was distilled in October 2017.

Tess Rose Lampert is a wine and spirits educator with a focus on mezcal. She is a frequent contributor to Mezcalistas and has developed programming for Mexico in a Bottle and Spirited Conversations. She has an Advanced Degree from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust, Spanish Wine Educator Certificate, an MA from the University of East Anglia, UK, in Philosophy of Food and Drink and a BA from Bard College in NY.

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