Fortaleza Blanco

Type: Tequila
Brand: Fortaleza
Nom
1493
2402 Ratings See All

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Production Details
NOM : 1493 ,
Agave Type : Tequilana Weber ,
Agave Region : Jalisco (Tequila Valley) ,
Region : Jalisco (Los Valles) ,
Cooking : Stone/Brick Ovens ,
Extraction : Tahona ,
Water Source : Deep well water ,
Fermentation : Wood fermentation tanks, 100% agave, Open-air fermentation, Fermentation without fibers ,
Distillation : 2x distilled ,
Still : Copper Pot ,
Aging : - ,
ABV/Proof : 40% abv (80-proof)
Other : Natural cork, Charcoal filtration, Blended batches, Distilled at or near proof, No additives

Profile

Aromas & Flavors Detected By Our Community

Aromas Detected

256
Agave (cooked)
116
Pepper (black)
90
Citrus
86
Earth
74
Olive
55
Vegetal
52
Minerals
47
Butter
35
Brine/Salt
35
Vanilla
35
Grass
33
Alcohol

Flavors Detected

269
Agave (cooked)
170
Pepper (black)
90
Citrus
86
Earth
82
Olive
63
Minerals
58
Vegetal
53
Butter
53
Brine/Salt
47
Vanilla
47
Alcohol
35
Cinnamon

Ratings

Personal Scores & Reviews From Our Community

Tequila Wizard
830 ratings
  • 89 Rating

Lot 126 | Nose: Spice, anise, cinnamon, light colored fruitiness. Minerals. Crisp, but with a warm bouquet. Flavor: Fruit and agave sweetness. Semi forceful spice. A touch thin in the mouth. Pepper heat balances out the sweet notes. Finish: Fades medium quickly with a pleasing pepper and salinity pop.

Tequila Savant
272 ratings
  • 90 Rating

Lot 124 | Classic Fortaleza, slightly better than the precious lotes I had but that is something to be expected from such an artisanal and traditional process. It’s always good.

Tequila Wizard
830 ratings
  • 90 Rating

Lot 124 | Nose: Floral and fruity. Ripe pineapples and the intoxicating aromas of the agave patio. A hint of Fortaleza’s iconic green olive aroma. . Flavor: Huge fruit, thick wild honey viscosity and perfect pepper punch. Cinnamon and marzipan.

Tequila Wizard
686 ratings
  • 91 Rating

Lot 123 | Nose: salty, nice cooked agave, aroma of being in an orange orchard when it’s in bloom, light citrus, lime, mineral, and cooked sweet apple Flavor: cooked agave, caramelized piloncillo, creamy butterscotch pudding, buttery mouth feel, and ripe fruit Finish: starts with pepper and finishes with lite anise with the agave in the background

Tequila Ninja
127 ratings
  • 93 Rating

Lot 105 | The lot 105 is tastiest and most complex Fortaleza blanco in a while. More cooked agave punch than at least the last 25-30 lots. Grassy, mint, melon, Bazooka Joe, citrus, plenty going on here and a bit "chewy" to boot. Pleasant stuff indeed!

Tequila Wizard
830 ratings
  • 90 Rating

Lot 123 | Nose: Lots of mineral aromas and orange/lime citrus. Orange blossoms. Caramelizing brown sugar agave richness. Applesauce. More floral notes emerge as it opens up. Flavor: Mouth watering salinity. A butterscotch-like taste and texture. Buttery on the tongue with enough pepper bouncing around to blend into an exciting piquancy. A fading cheesy note. Faint anise. And tons of agave along the way.

Tequila Wizard
830 ratings
  • 89 Rating

Lot 120 | Nose: Rich caramelized agave, with earthy background notes. Fresh green herbal scents. Smells found in a forest - a bit of pine and eucalyptus. Pleasing spiciness. Flavor: Sweet and peppery entrance. Mellow spices with creamy natural vanilla. Great on the palate with nice balance to the elements. Finish: This hangs around on the back of your palate. Flavors continue to evolve, wrapped in a buttery texture.

Tequila Honey Badger
1208 ratings
  • 92 Rating

Lot 16 | One of several Holy Grail bottles produced over the years from the best single brand distillery in the business.

Tequila Ninja
104 ratings
  • 94 Rating

Lot 100 | Nose- mellower than expected but unique and complex. Floral, musty, and vegetal. Taste- caramelized agave, bell pepper, brine, hay, and a little baking spice. Mouth feel is wonderfully oily. Finish- long powerful peppery heat.

Tequila Wizard
686 ratings
  • 90 Rating

Lot 105 | Nose: fresh ground white pepper, dark brown sugar, cooked agave, and wet rocks Flavor: white pepper, cinnamon, agave, sweetness of ripe fruit and has a buttery mouth feel that has a mild salty background Finish: medium finish that has some sweetness, anise, and herbal essences with some fresh jalapeño

Tequila Savant
283 ratings
  • 91 Rating

Lot 109 | Nice roasted agave on the nose. Quite soft and feminine mid palate. The finish starts off smooth and warms up with some black pepper heat. I’m totally digging lote 109!

Tequila Guru
88 ratings
  • 89 Rating

Lot 89 | Nose: Atomic agave bomb for sure. Sweetness, and something like pineapple rind come surround the agave notes, and something like brine. Almost makes me think of olives, but not quite. I get a lightly salted citrus note as well. Palate: Rich mouthfeel, heavy but softly rounded agave. That sharp punch Im used to with some altos tequilas is missing, and on the first sip, all I get is the agave bomb. As I’m sipping more, I’m getting citrus, like if an orange peel and a lemon peel had a baby, but that baby was not Meyer lemons. Maybe a slight touch of vanilla, and a little earthiness. Absolutely delicious, complex but subtle and agave forward. Great blanco.

Tequila Honey Badger
1208 ratings
  • 91 Rating

Lot 84 | Lot 84. Nicely viscous and chewy in the mouth this recent release is full of the cheesy, briny, vegetal profile that translates so well as the still strength product. Fun, fun, fun

Tequila Wizard
830 ratings
  • 91 Rating

Lot 109 | Nose: The rich sweetness of brown sugar beginning to caramelize. A medley of brown spices. Lime peel and celery. Minerals, brine and earthy root cellar aromas. Flavor: Pleasing pepper note. Salinity, vanilla, cloves, anise and cinnamon. Buttery sweetness coats the tongue. This has a killer agave presence, start to finish. Just a squeeze of grapefruit. Finish: Nice sensation and mouth feel as it fades out -a balanced and lengthy adiós.

Tequila Ninja
128 ratings
  • 92 Rating

Lot 100 | A bit more fruity than other lots, with some extra salinity and green olives. Somehow it has an even creamier texture than the normal lots too, most likely because this was distilled to 80 proof without any watering down. This might be my favorite Blanco that isn't high proof.

Tequila Savant
283 ratings
  • 90 Rating

Lot 104 | Although the nose is soft, it’s very pleasant. Mid palate is all roasted agave. The finish is a good 20 seconds with a touch of cinnamon heat on the back of my tongue (not throat). Delicious sipper!

Tequila Phenom
303 ratings
  • 92 Rating

Lot 100 | Really like this lote, despite the hype of being #100. Flavor profile slightly different than past lots. Really well balanced, great citrus, cooked agave, spicy. Complete package

Tequila Savant
283 ratings
  • 91 Rating

Lot 100 | Lote 100! This is one of my top three Fortaleza Blancos to date! (The other two are 16 & 17). Congratulations if you are able to procure a bottle or two!!

Tequila Guru
76 ratings
  • 93 Rating

Lot 100 | I was very excited about this special bottling and it didn’t disappoint. Lovely in the glass. Some familiar brine on the nose but with a bit sharper ethanol than their previous blancos I’ve had. Not unwelcome at all. Mouthfeel is almost a perfect balance for me. The taste is so good...brine, grass, but with a white pepper and minerality that must be a result of the agaves from Arandas. Long finish leads me to wanting my next sip. Fantastic!

Tequila Phenom
305 ratings
  • 93 Rating

Lot 100 | This is a 93 for me. Just amazing, I'm going a little higher on this than other Fortaleza Lots, maybe because of the sweetness coming from the Los Altos agaves. it has some of the presence of the valle agaves, and just enough of that for me here. I love all types of Fortaleza, but this is just top notch

Tequila Wizard
830 ratings
  • 91 Rating

Lot 105 | Nose: Fine ground white pepper, cinnamon, brown sugar and over ripe light tree fruit. A heady dose of cooked agave, touched with citrus. A fleeting hint of bandaid. Not getting my usual olive or cheese notes... Flavors: The volume on the pepper and cinnamon gets turned up a few notches. Velvety and rich natural sweetness in the mouth. A buttery, salty, peppery, toffee, agave meld - that frolics around the entire palate. A dynamic and compelling sensation, in harmonious balance. Finish: A few stragglers show up for the long finish - some mint, thyme and licorice.

Tequila Savant
255 ratings
  • 92 Rating

Lot 100 | This is a special Lote! For the 100th batch of blanco Fortaleza sourced the agave from the Highlands of Jalisco. You can taste it! I smell some light minerality and clean fresh agave. There is also a faint rose and red fruit note. I taste a light sweetness up front and then some white pepper in the mid-pallet. It’s sweet and pretty. It’s an excellent sipping blanco. The finish is short but there is a pepper and alcohol tingle that slightly lingers. This is very different from the other Blanco lotes. If you can find it buy it. Salud!

Tequila Ninja
128 ratings
  • 92 Rating

Lot 100 | Served in a Reidel - Sweet and fresh nose of anise dill and mint with hints of melon. Very Fragrant. Body is Well balanced and soft around the edges. Cooked agave, Lemon grass and finishes with white pepper spice.

Tequila Wizard
830 ratings
  • 89 Rating

Lot 96 | Nose: I’ve recently been enjoying a couple of Highland agave lotes: 100B and 98B (a mixed agave lote). Lote 96 gives me a chance to compare and contrast a bit... This appears to have a more vegetal and mineral start. Some cinnamon and pepper. A very faint sulfur like aroma. Slightly more subdued cooked agave presence. Flavor: Nice pepper and spice zing. Viscous, caramel like agave sweetness. Perhaps slightly less sweet than 98 and 100, however.

Tequila Honey Badger
1208 ratings
  • 90 Rating

Lot 98 | First leg in a lote 98B, 80R, 51A, lote 100B flight. This gave me a chance to compare and contrast the 100 Blanco with a close cousin in 98 Blanco. 100 is the winner mainly due to the influence of the Los Altos agave used, though it is a little softer in flavor and less medicinal on the nose than the 98B which is the usual solid Fortaleza release.

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