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Review: Tequila Codigo 1530 Estate Harvest Blanco

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The newest launch from Codigo 1530 — owned partially by George Strait and nothing if not an innovator —  is a literal return to roots: A blanco made with agave grown on Codigo’s personal land. Lower than 1% of all tequila produced is property grown, making this an actual rarity — although the choice to drag the pinas from the agave at a comparatively younger 6 years of age is one which feels a bit puzzling. Additional, this launch is marketed as “Nonetheless Energy” on the label, and although 90 proof is certainly above the extra typical 80, it’s positively far decrease than what comes off the nonetheless (sometimes 100 to 120 proof).

So, a number of questions, however maybe the solutions are to be discovered within the bottle. Let’s discover out.

Let’s kick it off with the nostril. Right here’s a vastly pungent and peppery tequila, overwhelming with uncooked agave and a be aware of toasted bread. The aroma of overripe fruit present in the usual blanco is fortunately absent right here, letting natural and pepper notes do the entire heavy lifting. Surprises await the drinker on the palate, the place a extra balanced composition seems. It’s nonetheless heavy on the earthy agave and shiny black pepper, but it surely’s balanced by notes of torched lemon, some tangerine, and a definite vanilla be aware that endures properly into the end. Issues ultimately retreat again to greenery and earth for the fade-out, however there’s a fleeting brightness and sweetness within the center right here that one simply can’t ignore.

Rather more fascinating than Codigo’s rack blanco, for positive.

90 proof. NOM 1616.

B+ / $79 / codigo1530.com

Tequila Codigo 1530 Property Harvest Blanco

$79

Score


8.5/10

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