Fortaleza was a small, old-fashioned distillery functioned wonderfully as a museum until 1999, when Don Guillermo Sauza appeared on the scene. Don Guillermo decided to restore La Fortaleza back into a functioning distillery. In 2002, he produced the first litre of true artisan tequila. Tequila Fortaleza is made with 100% blue agaves that are harvested from the Sauza plantation in the town of Tequila and then processed using only old traditional methods.
Fortaleza 100% Agave Blanco Tequila
Flawless crystal clear appearance with a silvery blush. Offers an intense, salty, manzanilla-like bouquet that also includes dill pickle and chilli pepper. The intensity drops after several minutes exposure as the profile changes to grilled pineapple, straw and white pepper. A water like entry builds into a concentrated, fresh, vibrant palate with flavours of unripe pineapple, beeswax and white pepper accompanied by a delicious salty surge. Finishes gently warming, squeaky clean, fresh and manzanilla-dry with excellent length. Top notch Blanco that displays terrific vitality and poise.DOWNLOAD
Fortaleza 100% Agave Reposado Tequila
Pale gold with a faint pale green blush. Soft and subdued aroma offers a beeswax opening note followed by hints of crushed eucalypt adding freshness. It takes at least two to three minutes before more substantial notes of grilled capsicum, wet cedar and toasted pine nuts are released. Further exposure really builds the aroma big time as beeswax, menthol and vanillan oak enter the picture. A water like entry builds into a concentrated, mid-weight profile featuring butter menthol lozenge, beeswax and a peppery burst. Finish is clean, dry and perfectly balanced with gentle spices persisting. Aftertaste is prolonged with butter menthol lozenge, beeswax, and hints of vanilla followed by a fresh and delicately peppery fade. Great stuff. 40% Alc./Vol.DOWNLOAD
Fortaleza 100% Agave Anejo Tequila
Caramel, vanilla, butterscotch and cooked agave aromas practically jump from the glass in this highly-praised and perfectly-aged añejo. This tequila is so rich and complex that some people are even able to detect pineapple, peach, orange blossom, nutmeg, and raisin in the nose. Once in your mouth, the full cooked agave experience continues with a thick and oily texture that coats your mouth in a very soothing way. Butterscotch, caramel, toffee, citrus, and hazelnuts are common flavors that people identify. Fortaleza Añejo is a prized treat for any tequila lover.DOWNLOAD