The George Strait-owned Tequila Codigo is again with two new expressions, a “rosa” reposado rested for 3 months in uncharred Napa Valley Cabernet French White Oak wine barrels (then completed in sherry casks), and a mezcal. Let’s give them each a attempt.
Tequila Codigo 1530 Rosa Reposado George Strait Version – The sunshine pink shade of this reposado tequila is fairly and evocative, instantly connoting a mild, floral expertise. Positive sufficient, the tequila is tender as silk on the nostril, evenly floral and fruity with notes of strawberry and milk chocolate, however backed by an eventual lacing of peppery agave if you happen to inhale deeply. Chewy caramel sweetens up the palate shortly, once more punchy with notes of strawberries and cream earlier than segueing right into a evenly natural character that performs properly with its expressive vanilla and berry fruit notes. The end, nevertheless, does let the agave again into the combo for a mild encore. It is a decidedly tender, quiet tequila, that purists might discover a bit lifeless, however its unique taste profile is definitely value a glance. (Observe that there’s a non-George Strait version of this tequila that spends just one month in wine casks.) 80 proof. NOM 1616. B+ / $80 [BUY IT NOW FROM CASKERS]
Mezcal Codigo 1530 Artesanal – An ensamble of espadin and tobala agave. One other uncommon building, this mezcal is rested in sauvignon blanc wine barrels for an unspoken size of time earlier than bottling. The nostril isn’t overly shocking, candy and smoky in equal proportions, with a spritz of orange peel, a shaving of inexperienced onion, and maybe some shallot. It’s toasty with campfire notes however by no means meaty or overbearing with leathery notes the way in which many mezcals might be. On the palate, the mezcal brightens up fairly a bit, maybe owing to the affect of the wine barrel, displaying lemon and lime peel and a little bit of coconut-laced gooseberry, however give it time in glass and a heavy, virtually oppressive, smokiness quickly involves bear. A thick maritime character offers this spirit a chewy, chalky end that’s arduous to shake. I instantly lengthy for the fruitier notes which might be oh so fleeting. 84.4 proof. No NOM designated. B+ / $65