Fortaleza Tequila - This Cinco de Mayo, sink your teeth into the Abuelo of Agave Spirits
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!