Fortaleza Blanco

Type: Tequila
Brand: Fortaleza
Nom
1493
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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

218
Agave (cooked)
104
Pepper (black)
79
Earth
79
Citrus
68
Olive
46
Vegetal
43
Minerals
41
Butter
33
Vanilla
32
Grass
31
Brine/Salt
28
Alcohol

Flavors Detected

215
Agave (cooked)
130
Pepper (black)
72
Citrus
72
Olive
71
Earth
52
Minerals
47
Vegetal
43
Butter
42
Alcohol
41
Brine/Salt
37
Vanilla
29
Cinnamon

Ratings

Personal Scores & Reviews From Our Community

Tequila Wizard
591 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
149 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 Honey Badger
963 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
736 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
119 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
149 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 Savant
149 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 Connoisseur
70 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 Savant
186 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
736 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
201 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
126 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
736 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
963 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.

Tequila Ninja
140 ratings
  • 89 Rating

Lot 100 | Pine, lactic, sweet , but I miss the minerality of the OG valley blanco - Congrats on 100 Batches!! Cheers to artisanal tequila production

Tequila Honey Badger
963 ratings
  • 95 Rating

Lot 100 | The nose is...different, yet familiar to me. Produced in a different manner than all previous lotes, the agave is from a different area than is typically used and it claims to be distilled to proof at 40%. Prior lotes were typically agave primarily from the Valle, though not always and usually distilled to 46% and recently bottled at that ABV for the Still Strength Blanco. This has an sharp medicinal note on the nose that I find in the current El Tesoro Blanco, not surprising as the agave used is from Los Altos same as ET. Since the rest of the production is basically unchanged all the difference, for me, is easily attributed to these 2 changes. Once sipped this is classic Fortaleza, wood vat fermented with ambient yeast, twice distilled in several copper pot stills and bottled, in this case, without any added water. Roast agave, outstanding viscosity bordering on chewy, great natural sweetness and a long fading finish highlight some of the greatest Tequila Blanco yet produced by Tequila Fortaleza.

Tequila Wizard
736 ratings
  • 90 Rating

Lot 98 | Nose: Back to the old standard of excellence: olive brine, cinnamon and spice, citrus, baked agave just out of the horno, and that distinctive Fortaleza distillery aroma that gets in your nose and head, and stays for a couple of days... Flavor: Spicy, caramel nuances, orange zest and a pop of pepper. The edginess of the spices, zest and pepper are nicely smoothed out by round fruit and toffee notes.

Tequila Wizard
736 ratings
  • 89 Rating

Lot 82 | Nose: Floral, flinty, earthy and fruity. Oranges and sweet agave. Hints of bread dough and pepper. Flavors: Rich toffee laced agave. Sweet and salty. Moderate black pepper. Nice viscosity. Not picking up my usual olive notes. Finish: Round, silky caramel and pepper heat. A late and fleeting appearance of the trademark olive brine.

Tequila Honey Badger
963 ratings
  • 90 Rating

Lot 96 | These .375 ml bottles make me sad in a way, a couple of good pours and 1/4 of the bottle is gone. Loads of agave in the mouth, oily naturally viscous agave bliss with a very long lasting finish. Fades to a naturally sweet roast vegetable and earth finish.

Tequila Ninja
116 ratings
  • 90 Rating

Lot 100 | De nuevo, un gran lote ejecutado por Fortaleza. Un lote en donde persiste ese sabor salado que recuerda a aceitunas. Me queda claro que esta nota es peculiar del proceso, y no del origen del agave. En nariz fue prominente una nota de masa cruda que recuerda a levadura dulce, poco a poco esta nota se desdobla en matices dulces como de piña caramelizada, esas notas típicas de los tequilas blancos de antaño. De sabor muy balanceado en boca, que casi llega a umami: cítrico, mineral y dulzura que se combinan en la complejidad de varias capas. Lo único que me detiene de darle una mejor puntuación es que, a mi gusto, es demasiado gentil. Me encantaría probar un Still Strenght, hecho con agaves de Los Altos.

Tequila Wizard
736 ratings
  • 92 Rating

Lot 100 | Aromas: Buttery, caramelizing palm sugar richness. Bright citrus, mineral and spice. Anchovy stuffed green olives... Green straw. This reminds me of very early lotes of Fortaleza. Flavors: Intense flavor profile and mouth experience. Spicy and peppery with butterscotch opulence. Laced with green olive presence and lingering heat. Thick and oily. Finish: Lote 100-B is the whole enchilada. It has palpable texture, almost chewy on the palate. It finishes as elegantly yet as rustically as it begins. There are many nuances yet to explore. It is a must try!

Tequila Wizard
816 ratings
  • 92 Rating

Lot 100 | Lots of cooked agave, brine, cinnamon and olive in the aroma. I love the aroma on this lot! The flavor has some butter and more sweet cooked agave with a touch of minerals. The finish highlights the agave notes. Nicely done!!

Tequila Boss
376 ratings
  • 92 Rating

Lot 100 | Cooked agave, wet earth, minerals, olive aromas with a nice rounded, buttery mouthfeel and tingling jalapeño finish. Delicious!

Tequila Savant
149 ratings
  • 93 Rating

Lot 82 | In my glass: Fortaleza Blanco lote 82! With lots of lotes to find, try to find a B-82. It won’t disappoint. You have my word!

Tequila Wizard
736 ratings
  • 90 Rating

Lot 91 | Nose: Dark caramelized brown sugar/agave entrance. Light cinnamon, citrus, mint and signature green olive aroma that I love in Fortaleza blancos. Cut grass and very green criollo cucumbers. Minerals and potting soil, combined with a cider nuance delivers a robust tingly nosing sensation. Almost an agave smelling salt. Flavor: Bold pepper and cinnamon, a hint of cloves and fennel, delivered in a sweet, velvety agave creaminess. Trace molasses.

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