It’s a question often asked in the outside world: What kind of tequila do those who ‘know’ drink in Mexico?
For generations, the answer has only been known to a select group of Mexico’s most respected families and Los Bajos’ finest jimadors – they are the fortunate few who have had the privilege of tasting El Tequila Privado, a private recipe from a little distillery in Amatitán. With no commercial pressure to ever bring this private tequila to market, a small group of Mexican families had heartily supported it. For several generations, a local Amatitán artisan and distilling family has passionately produced this spirit, never veering from the centuries old codes and customs – “Los Códigos” – that have made it the most selective tequila in the world.
Código 1530 proudly bears the Jerusalem Cross as the symbol of its heritage story. This iconic cross sits atop the Jalisco Coat of Arms and dates back to 1530 when after colonial struggle, Amatitán was officially recognized as a city of New Galencia and Jalisco was given a coat of arms by the Spanish monarchy, which was anchored by the Jerusalem Cross. Código 1530’s name honors “Los Códigos,” the old world codes and customs that shaped and still live on in Amatitán and the Los Bajos region to this day. These values are at the core of the proud families who served this tequila in their homes, and the artisan distilling family who has been the custodian of this private tequila for generations.
For the first time, those who have enjoyed this private, previously nameless tequila are sharing with the world what is now known as Código 1530.
In Amatitán, every drop of Código 1530’s offerings: Blanco, Rosa, Reposado, Añejo, and “Origen,” our Extra-Añejo, have been perfected over several generations the way one would a homemade recipe – embracing time-honored customs without ever veering from the traditions of the Los Bajos region and its tequilieras and jimadors. The tequila begins with fully-matured agave, which is cooked in stainless steel ovens, fermented utilizing an organic family baker’s yeast in Amatitán, and distilled twice in stills handmade by the distilling family themselves. Our Blanco is perfected over a lengthy, 15-day process. The rested tequilas are meticulously aged to taste in French White Oak red wine barrels procured from the Napa Valley, which helps to ensure that each and every barrel is worthy of bearing the Código 1530 name.
We pride ourselves in striving to make Código 1530 the most selective tequila in the world, using only perfect inputs and age old secret family processes.
We hand select the best, fully-matured agave, to ensure that with each harvest, our agave’s Brix level (sugar content) meets our high standards. For each small batch, we use 3x the average amount of agave for a better tasting, smooth tequila. We make each batch naturally, without any added sweeteners or colors.
Each drop of Amatitán water we use is from freshwater pools and rainwater, filtered through the volcanic soil of Los Bajos.
Our proprietary chopper allows us to extract only the best juice and pulp from the first press of ripe agave, to garner the purest flavor.
We use an organic yeast from a small family bakery in Amatitán, rather than aggressive commercial yeast, to facilitate a more gentle and gradual fermentation process.
We use the finest Napa Valley Cabernet French White Oak wine barrels in our time-honored family aging technique, rather than the more commonly used American whiskey barrels. This distinctive difference in our aging embraces the clean elegance of wine making, to produce a uniquely delicate finish.