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Código - Revelatory Tequilas Of Authenticity And Purity - 04/18/2017 - Other Distilled Spirits

In a spirits market that embraces both luxury and authenticity, it’s rare to actually find both qualities in a spirit. Usually the most authentic producers aren’t in touch with the trends of the mass market, while the most heavily-marketed spirits try to sell you a down-to-earth story. Rarely, however, do these narratives of heritage, history, and experience translate into the bottle itself. One of the few instances over the last decade where I’ve seen both elements come together harmoniously is with the new Codigo tequila label, one that brings a spirit of supreme quality together with fantastic packaging and legitimate lore—a brand that evolved out of private production for some of Mexico’s most-esteemed tequila drinkers and connoisseurs. While I’ve heard similar stories before from celebrity-backed causes, in the case of Codigo not only is the legend true, the spirit itself is quite phenomenal—from the clean and pristine blanco all the way to the rich and decadent extra anejo. No matter what type of tequila you like to drink, I think there’s probably a Codigo expression that will connect with you. Distilled at NOM 1500 Las Juntas in Amatitan, Jalisco, it’s the first real look we’ve had at this distillery. The blanco and rosa editions are fresh, clean, and lively; the reposado mellow and smooth. The anejo is much rounder than most other barrel aged editions on the market, and the super mature 7 year old extra anejo is a revelation—aged in French oak for magnificent spice and richness.

The word is still spreading about Codigo’s tequilas, but we were lucky to be one of the first retailers to work with the brand here in California. During the short time we’ve worked with the tequilas we’ve had nothing but incredibly positive customer feedback and support. Now that we’ve finally been able to lock down a decent supply, we figured the time was right to spread the word to a larger segment of our customers; much like the way Codigo originally started as a small project among family and friends before becoming a market brand. We invite you to see what the fuss is all about and to experience one of the rare moments in our business: when supreme quality, authenticity, purity, and branding all merge into one perfect package.

Vintage Item Name Score Retail Link
Còdigo 1530 Blanco Tequila (750ml) $46.99 View
Còdigo 1530 Reposado Tequila (750ml) $59.99 View
Còdigo 1530 Rosa Tequila (750ml) $59.99 View
Còdigo 1530 Anejo Tequila (750ml) $119.99 View
Còdigo 1530 Extra Anejo Tequila (750ml) $269.99 View


Còdigo 1530 Blanco Tequila (750ml)

Còdigo 1530 Blanco Tequila (750ml) ($46.99)

Codigo 1530 is private recipe tequila that has been contracted by a family in Los Cabos for almost a decade, before finally becoming a commercial product in the U.S. Made at NOM 1500 by Tequileria las Juntas, the product was nameless for many years, exisiting solely as the house brand for family members and friends. Now availalble for the first time in retailers, Codigo brings an exciting and diverse line up of unique tequilas to a market that's long been saturated by similar products. The Codigo blanco is an expressive and flavorful blanco that owes its clean agave flavor to a rather ineffective distillation process, one that uses traditional methods to mash and ferment. The richness of that agave comes through on a rounder and creamier mouthfeel, but the tequila is still clean and fresh despite the extra weight and tanginess. It's a higher end blanco that actually true tequila fans will recognize as higher end because of the extra concentration. This is far from a diffused and airbrushed commercial blanco. It's the real deal.

Còdigo 1530 Reposado Tequila (750ml)

Còdigo 1530 Reposado Tequila (750ml) ($59.99)

Codigo 1530 is private recipe tequila that has been contracted by a family in Los Cabos for almost a decade, before finally becoming a commercial product in the U.S. Made at NOM 1500 by Tequileria las Juntas, the product was nameless for many years, exisiting solely as the house brand for family members and friends. Now availalble for the first time in retailers, Codigo brings an exciting and diverse line up of unique tequilas to a market that's long been saturated by similar products. The reposado from Codigo takes the formula of the deliciously concentrated blanco and adds six months of French oak wine cask maturation for a gentle touch of exotic spice and richness. The creaminess of the blanco melds beautifully with that brief maturation, creating the perfect balance of pure agave flavor and gentle oak influence. It finishes soft and clean on the palate.

Còdigo 1530 Rosa Tequila (750ml) ($59.99)

Codigo 1530 is private recipe tequila that has been contracted by a family in Los Cabos for almost a decade, before finally becoming a commercial product in the U.S. Made at NOM 1500 by Tequileria las Juntas, the product was nameless for many years, exisiting solely as the house brand for family members and friends. Now availalble for the first time in retailers, Codigo brings an exciting and diverse line up of unique tequilas to a market that's long been saturated by similar products. The Codigo rosa is an expressive and flavorful tequila just like the blanco that owes its clean agave flavor to a rather ineffective distillation process, one that uses traditional methods to mash and ferment. The tinge of red fruit from the wine influence is just barely noticeable, but it highlights the agave. The tequila is still clean and fresh despite the extra weight and tanginess. It's a unique twiest on a blanco that actually true tequila fans will recognize as higher end because of the extra concentration. This is far from a diffused and airbrushed commercial tequila. It's the real deal.

Còdigo 1530 Anejo Tequila (750ml)

Còdigo 1530 Anejo Tequila (750ml) ($119.99)

Codigo 1530 is private recipe tequila that has been contracted by a family in Los Cabos for almost a decade, before finally becoming a commercial product in the U.S. Made at NOM 1500 by Tequileria las Juntas, the product was nameless for many years, exisiting solely as the house brand for family members and friends. Now availalble for the first time in retail stores, Codigo brings an exciting and diverse line up of unique tequilas to a market that's long been saturated by similar products. The Codigo really begins to showcase its individuality with the anejo expression, due to its year-long maturation in French oak ex-wine casks. As a result, it's full of that exotic oak spice that only French oak can exert, and the wine influence acts like a milder Sherry note, adding that little hint of chewiness that whisky fans tend to really enjoy. It's a high end anejo tequila, but it's one that absolutely delivers on all fronts.

Còdigo 1530 Extra Anejo Tequila (750ml)

Còdigo 1530 Extra Anejo Tequila (750ml) ($269.99)

Codigo 1530 is private recipe tequila that has been contracted by a family in Los Cabos for almost a decade, before finally becoming a commercial product in the US. Made at NOM 1500 by Tequileria las Juntas, the product was nameless for many years, exisiting solely as the house brand for family members and friends. Now availalble for the first time in retailers, Codigo brings an exciting and diverse lineup of unique tequilas to a market that's long been saturated by similar products. The Codigo extra anejo is the first ultra premium tequila to hit the market in years that actually delivers stunning quality for the luxury price. Matured for six years in French oak ex-wine casks, the spirit has truly concentrated itself and the wine element at this point tastes like something between a port-finished bourbon and wine-finished Bruichladdich, but with spicy and sweet agave notes on the finish. It's expensive, but in comparison to the other top shelf tequila offerings we carry, it's undoubtedly the most satisfying and decadent. It's also the darkest tequila we've ever laid eyes on, yet it's free of any additives or artificial coloring.