Código 1530 Enters the Mezcal Category With Two Expressions
Independent premium tequila brand Código 1530 is releasing an Ancestral Mezcal and an Artesanal Mezcal.
The Código 1530 founders, which include country music legend George Strait, value the skill and patience needed to create an authentic, high-quality spirit, with the brand’s two mezcals featuring flavor profiles that are smooth on the palate, with subtle smoke to sip alone or layer into an interesting cocktail.
“After many years of going to Oaxaca, we were able to partner with trusted local producers from different regions in the San Juan del Rio region. With their help, we have had access to a wide variety of palenques and communities, hence the ability to make a very unique and exceptional ensemble,” said Co-Founder/co-CEO Ron Snyder.
Código 1530 has opted to use a Mezcal Master to adjust the process, allowing them to change things such as the temperature and types of agave used rather than machinery. Código 1530 uses agave from three different regions to ensure that the company is never over harvesting any of its agave, and prioritizes the time needed for land regeneration from harvest.
“By carefully combining different agave types, using espadín and tobalá from different terroirs, an incredibly well-balanced mezcal was found that can be enjoyed either straight or in a cocktail,” said Co-Founder/co-CEO Federico “Fede” Vaughan.
The Artesenal expression follows the traditions of mezcal, incorporating a donkey-pulled tahona wheel, wild fermentation with begasso, and copper stills for distillation. The Artesanal mezcal is rested in sauvignon blanc wine barrels to take advantage of the herbaceous aroma to create something unique with notes of floral, light woody vanilla, citrus, dark cherry with hints of earth and clay, and delicate, subdued smoke.
The Ancestral expression keeps with the ancient process and honors the origins of mezcal, the people producing it, and the region of Oaxaca. Because no machines or automation are involved in the process, the higher-priced mezcal Ancestral is even rarer and has a different profile than the Artesanal mezcal. Starting with a sweet, earthy nose; notes of honey, tobacco, and salinity from the clay can be tasted, followed by bright minerality, vanilla, cantaloupe, and hazelnut to finish.
Both Ancestral ($180) and Artesenal ($65) mezcals from Código 1530 are newly available through the Código 1530 official website and major retailers.
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