This tequila is aged two to three years in oak barrels and has a beautiful silky smooth character that does añejo right: rich, but not cloyingly sweet. Guillermo Erickson Sauza, a fifth-generation family member, produces Tequila Fortaleza, using traditional techniques. This is a beautiful, artisan, hand-crafted, stone milled tequila. Tequila Fortaleza is produced entirely within the walls of their estate, using centuries old traditional methods which, although are very labor intensive, create a tequila which is unequaled in taste and smoothness. Using an old oven with its meter thick brick walls, they cook their agave for thirty-six hours. Then they crush or mill the agave as Guillermo's Tatarabuelo did over 135 years ago in their stone mill called the tahona. The crushed agave is then washed with the pure mountain water from the Volcán de Tequila to separate the pulp from the woody fibers to create an agave juice called mosto. The woody fibers of the agave, called bagazo, are removed at this time and taken to the fields to use as compost. The agave mosto is then fermented naturally for five days in small wood vats, and then double distilled using small, labor-intensive copper pot stills. The result is authentic tequila, created by people who care about keeping it traditional. This tequila garners our highest possible recommendation. (David Driscoll, K&L Spirits buyer)
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By: David Othenin-Girard
K&L Staff Member
I often catch myself waxing poetic about Fortaleza. How it's the most authentic and old school. How they went back when everyone else was moving forward. How their tequila represents the true soul of Jalisco and makes their competitors look kind of stupid. Of course there are other great distilleries in Jalisco, but none is more committed to producing exclusively old school single estate real deal tequila. There base spirit is so good in fact that some aficionados look down on their exquisite anejo because it doesn't taste enough like the blanco. That said, taking this product out of that context reminds us how exceptional it really is. The quality of agave is matched perfectly by the quality of the oak and the confluence of those two flavors reminds us that great tequila doesn't have to be blanco! This delectable treat is all tropical fruit (coconuts, pineapple and passionfruit), butterscotch and subtle earthy pepper. A legend deserving of every accolade it's already received.
By: Jeremy Bohrer
K&L Staff Member
This is my favorite tequila! There, I said it. I've had them all and none of the others please me the way that this one does. It reminds me of bananas foster first, but with butterscotch on it and then oak spice and tequila-ness that's all put together in a way that is super smooth and just soo freaking delicious.
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