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Jalisco (Los Valles)
Nom 1493

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Asaf Cohen
Tequila Savant
211 ratings

Ryan August
Tequila Ninja
121 ratings

On the nose, that distinct Fortaleza agave and saline/brininess. The green olive notes, minerals and that earthiness that I have come to enjoy. On the palate, rich mouthfeel, completely coats the taste buds and they’ve really nailed the proof. It tastes a little hotter but the flavor is intense. I think at higher proof, the heat would overwhelm the flavor punch. Interestingly enough, I’m getting all agave and spices and brine, some citrus, but not that really nice pineapple rind note I got from the Lote 20. It’s really hard to pick which one is better, I’d have to line them up in a blind. This is, yet again, another exquisite tequila from Fortaleza. The price has gone up a little bit here so I’ll knock a little down on value, but it’s still solid at $65. Very delicious tequila. Definitely my second place valle pick.

Mike B (Great Lakes Tequila Club)
Tequila Phenom
309 ratings

The infamous Lot 43! A friend shared a glass with me and I finally got to try a holy grail tequila. What can I say about this supposedly XA-blended Añejo other than it was delicious aged Fortaleza.

Mike Eddins
Tequila Phenom
308 ratings

Rob Gerard
Tequila Savant
200 ratings

Andy Bardon
Tequila Ninja
172 ratings

104-R, Yikes! It tastes like wood chips. Bitter herbal finish. Hot. Not the repo I’m used to from Los Abuelos. This felt rushed & not stabilized or cohesive. Sharp oak, fast mid palate and a rough finish. Will gladly buy another Lote and try again as I love Los Abuelos. Hold the line and don’t sacrifice quality for quantity y’all! Salud

Josh Ohlinger @QueenCLTequila
Tequila Guru
81 ratings

Jeremy Kinney
Tequila Ninja
151 ratings

Remy Newland
Tequila Wizard
887 ratings

Nose: Citrus, mineral, green pineapple, mint, thyme and spices. There’s a hard to identify umami note underpinning the profile. Flavor: Pepper warmth and tag along vanilla/cinnamon. Buttery, honey sweet agave. A touch of salinity. Finish: Fairly aggressive pepper finally integrates into a pleasing profile finish.

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