Fortaleza simultaneously raises the bar for what agave can taste like, and holds the bar down of any establishment worth its margarita salt. Its signature style is a bit drier and spicier than most tequilas, which is what makes it so intriguing and fun to drink, but their elegant finishing makes it so easy to sip.
Fortaleza Blanco - This has bright vanilla, almost cream soda notes, complementing pepper, sweet agave, citrus, and minerals.
Fortaleza Reposado - The Pinas are steam cooked for 33 hours, crushed by a tahona, and then distilled in copper pot stills. It is aged for at least 6 months, and hast notes of wood and baking spices, and is softer and more elegant than the blanco.
Fortaleza Anejo - This is distilled to only 45% ABV, which allows the heart of the spirit to shine. The softness of the wood takes over and the texture takes on a creamy, almost buttery mouthfeel, with notes of cinnamon, oak, and vanilla.
This sprit's history runs as deep as its flavor. Fortaleza is made by a family that has been distilling for 150 years. This same family is responsible for Tequila being what it is today. Here’s why:
- The family’s great-great-grandfather, Don Cenobio, founded his first distillery in 1873 in Tequila, Jalisco (though the brand launched in 2005).
- Don used steam to cook the agave and determined blue agave was the best for steaming.
- He was the first person to export his “mezcal de tequila” to the US and shortened the name to just Tequila.
- His son got Tequila a "Denomination of Origin" distinction so nobody else outside of a certain region in Mexico could call their spirit tequila and that it had be made from Blue agave.
Swing by for a tasting this Thursday, 4:30 - 6:30!