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Review: Codigo 1530 Blanco Tequila

Codigo 1530 Blanco Tequila was released in a few states November 2016.  Distribution has since expanded.  Codigo 1530 is also available in a Rosa, Reposado, Anejo, and Origen expression.  CEO and Co-Founder Federico Vaughan has long been the custodian of the brand that until recently was a private unnamed tequila stock only available to close friends and family.  Co-Founder Ron Snyder, was the former CEO of Crocs Footwear.  Other investors include Country Music star George Strait and hockey Hall of Famer Brett Hull.  Codigo 1530 is named for the year the town of Amatitan received their official charter from Spain.  Codigo 1530 Blanco is crafted at a small family owned Tequileria in Los Bajos in the town of Amatitan, from 100% blue agave grown in the Lowlands for 7-10 years.  The agave is slow cooked in stainless steel ovens and then shredded instead of crushed to enable the distillery to extract the juices without the bitter pulp.  The juice is fermented for four days with an organic, family bakers yeast, and then double distilled in a still built by the distilling family.  After this lengthy 17 day process, the tequila is hand bottled. Read more »


Review: La Certeza Blanco Tequila

La Certeza Blanco Tequila is no longer produced but it is still available on a limited basis from some online retailers.  La Certeza was imported by Mohawk Distilled Products which was acquired by Heaven Hill Distilleries in 2007.  La Certeza Tequila was created by the Beckmann family, one of Mexico’s oldest tequila families.  The Beckman family traces its lineage to Jose Antonio de Cuervo.  In 1992 Francisco Beckman sold his interest in the family distillery but maintained his interest in the agave fields.  In 2004 he opened his own distillery Tierra de Agaves.  This is the same distillery that creates the Lunazul line of tequila.  La Certeza Blanco is produced with estate grown agave.  Once harvested by hand the agave is slow cooked in autoclave ovens.  After fermenting the tequila is double distilled in traditional copper pot stills. Read more »


Review: Bribon Blanco Tequila

Bribon Blanco Tequila was created by Palm Bay International in partnership with Casa Don Roberto. This family has been making tequila since 1840 and opened this distillery in 1924.  They currently also produce Don Roberto, Huizache, and the 88 Tequila brands.  In Mexico a Bribon was a wildly charismatic and courageous man about town.  Bribon Blanco Tequila is made from 100% Blue agave grown for 7-10 years and harvested by hand.  Once harvested the agaves are taken to the distillery where they are cooked for 18 hours at 100 degrees Celsius and then shredded.  The juice is fermented in tanks at a consistent 32 degrees Celsius using a proprietary yeast developed by Don Roberto.  The tequila is double distilled utilizing a process that combines pot still distillate with column still distillate. Read more »


Review: Azteca Azul Plata Tequila

Azteca Azul Plata Tequila is produced at Tequila Supremo, commercially known as Casa Camarena.  I have also seen this tequila sold as Azteca Azul Silver Tequila.  Owned by La Familia Camarena, the distillery was founded in 1938 by Augustin Camarena in 1938.  This distillery also makes tequila for the Camarena, and Maracame brands.  Azteca Azul Plata is made with 100% blue agave that is cooked and cooled in traditional brick furnaces in a process that takes 48 hours to complete.  The distillery has developed a process known as Zero D which ensures the distillery emits no waste.   Read more »


Review: Don Abraham Organic Blanco Tequila

Don Abraham Organic Blanco Tequila is produced and bottled by Tequilas Las Americas and imported by Pacific Edge Imports.  This is the same distillery that produces El Viejo and Celestial tequila.  Today is May 5th, you didn’t think I would be reviewing a scotch today did you?  Don Abraham is a tequila I have followed for some time and this is the third different bottle I’ve seen it packaged in.  Don Abraham is crafted from 100% blue agave organically grown on a single estate.  The agave is hand selected and slow cooked in traditional stone ovens.  After a double distillation the tequila is rested for 4 months before bottling.    Read more »


Review: Rock N Roll Cristalino Anejo Tequila

Rock N Roll Cristalino Anejo Tequila is one of three tequila expressions recently released.  The others include Platinum Silver, and Mango.  Like their Platinum Silver Tequila, Cristalino Anejo is bottled in a glass Gibson Flying V shaped guitar.  The patented bottle top known as a roadie contains 50ml of their Platinum tequila.  Cristalino Anejo is hand crafted by Master Distiller Jose Aceves and is double distilled, filtered to perfection, and barrel aged for 12 months. Read more »


Review: Tapatio Blanco Tequila

Tapatio Blanco Tequila is crafted at La Altena Distillery in the mountainous region of Jalisco.  This distillery was built by Don Felipe Camarena in 1937.  Tapatio is a Mexican word referring to a man from Guadalajara Mexico.  Today Tapatio tequila is made by Master Distiller Carlos Camarena, the grandson of Don Felipe.  While Tapatio tequila had been very popular in Mexico for 75 years, it was not released in the US until 2012.  Since then, Tapatio Blanco has won several awards and was selected as one of the top 18 tequilas by Men’s Journal.  Tapatio is made from 100% Arandas estate grown agave.  After slow roasting for four days, the agave is crushed with a traditional large stone Tahona wheel, fermented with a wild yeast culture dating back 80 years, double distilled in a small copper pot still, and then rested for 2 months in stainless steel tanks before it is bottled.       Read more »


Review: 123 Organic Blanco Tequila

123 Organic Blanco Tequila was released in 2011.  The brand was created by David Ravandi.  David also co-founded Casa Noble Tequila.  1 2 3 is crafted with 100% estate grown organic agave grown for 10 years in the Lowland region of the Amatitan valley.  The agave is hand harvested and the hearts are slowly cooked in stone ovens for nearly 2 days.  After the juice is extracted it is naturally fermented and then double distilled in small batches in a stainless steel pot still.  The tequila is hand bottled in recycled glass bottles with labels made from recycled paper and natural soy ink. Read more »


Review: Rock N Roll Mango Tequila

Rock N Roll Mango Tequila was recently released.  It comes in a Les Paul Guitar shaped bottle.  Some of the best guitar players of all time including Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Slash, Joe Perry and Jerry Garcia have all performed with a Les Paul guitar.  Flavored tequilas are still in their infancy in the US.  They are much more popular in Mexico.  Mango, Lime and Cinnamon are the most popular flavored tequilas sold in the US.  Rock N Roll Tequila is made from a double distilled 100% pure Highland grown agave base.  Mango flavor, with no sugar is infused.  Artificial flavor and certified color are added before bottling at 64 proof.     Read more »


Review: Rock N Roll Platinum Tequila

Rock N Roll Platinum Tequila is one of three tequila expression just released.  The others include Mango, and Cristalino Anejo.  The brand is supported with a powerhouse team of industry professionals, and also includes Hall of Fame, and former Miami Dolphins Quarterback Dan Marino as a partner.  Their Platinum tequila comes bottled in a Gibson Flying V shaped guitar and like all of their tequila it comes topped with a bottle topper which is its own mini bottle of Rock N Roll Platinum Tequila.  This patented 50ml bottle top, known as a roadie, provides an extra two shots of platinum tequila.  The Flying V guitar has been played by a who’s who list of rock and roll guitarists including members from three of my favorite bands.  James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett of Metallica, Michael Schenker of UFO, and KK Downing from Judas Priest.  Rock N Roll Platinum Tequila is hand crafted and triple distilled by Master Distiller Jose Aceves, at the same distillery that produces the Hotel California and Comisario lines of tequila. Read more »