Fortaleza Reposado

Type: Tequila
Brand: Fortaleza
Nom
1493
2278 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 : American White Oak barrels, Used barrels, Bourbon barrels ,
ABV/Proof : 40% abv (80-proof)
Other : Natural cork, Charcoal filtration, Distilled at or near proof, No additives

Profile

Aromas & Flavors Detected By Our Community

Aromas Detected

195
Agave (cooked)
131
Vanilla
108
Caramel
102
Oak
76
Pepper (black)
57
Citrus
55
Butter
44
Butterscotch
41
Cinnamon
39
Alcohol
32
Earth
32
Flowers

Flavors Detected

200
Agave (cooked)
135
Vanilla
117
Oak
104
Pepper (black)
99
Caramel
56
Citrus
55
Butter
47
Cinnamon
39
Alcohol
38
Butterscotch
33
Earth
31
Olive

Ratings

Personal Scores & Reviews From Our Community

Tequila Wizard
852 ratings
  • 88 Rating

Lot 100 | Nose: Oak, cinnamon dark citrus aromas, and a touch of vanilla. Light cellar note and minerals. A dusting of white pepper. Slight floral underpinning. Flavor: Vanilla and leather. A warming pepper blast and accompanying cinnamon “pop” that I had not anticipated from the nosing.

Tequila Ninja
101 ratings
  • 89 Rating

On the nose, immediately I get vanilla, floral notes, honey and cooked agave, in no particular order. Definitely some butterscotch. Some barrel spice. On the palate, definitely honey and butterscotch, and white pepper. I get minerality and that cooked agave is strong but definitely more settled in within the medley of flavors. Some fruitiness, and that briny note from the blanco is subdued. Definitely a little bit of whiskey, but subtle. Overall, A great tequila for Review #50 in Tequila MatchMaker. This is, by far, top 5 reposados for me. It’s a tossup whether I’d reach for this or Terralta. Fantastic tequila, highly recommend. Don’t let the Winter Blend craze turn you off, Fortaleza makes fantastic stuff.

Tequila Savant
227 ratings
  • 90 Rating

Lot 28 | Lot 28: Agave forward, honey, melon, candied walnuts, plums, white chocolate, white pepper, green apples, pretty summery and well balanced.

Tequila Honey Badger
1254 ratings
  • 90 Rating

Lot 86 | Tasted at Scott's on 05/06/2021

Tequila Guru
91 ratings
  • 93 Rating

Aroma: Sweet agave, with notes of vanilla, bright and clean. Flavor: Smooth, silky texture, cooked agave taste with hints of vanilla, grass, and pepper. Finish: Ultra smooth, the cooked agave shines through on the finish. Overall: I was looking forward to trying this one, I understand now why this tequila gets so much praise.

Tequila Wizard
852 ratings
  • 89 Rating

Lot 87 | Nose: Fruity introduction: Pineapple/citrus/green apple. A touch of oak. Underlying spices and vanilla trying to emerge. Earthy minerals. Flavors: Oily mouth feel. Buttery and rich butterscotch, with a bit of salinity. The fruit elements from the nosing, carry over into the tasting. Robust pepper heat holds your attention. This is a slight departure in profile from what I normally associate with Fortaleza Repos: More fruity and playful.

Tequila Wizard
852 ratings
  • 90 Rating

Lot 85 | Nose: Pineapple, oranges, honey and butterscotch. Melted butter, brown sugar and cinnamon glaze. Subtle vanilla. And a ripe light colored fruit that is nearing an over ripe state. Flavor: Big fruit and agave footprint. Big flavors in general. Significant pepper heat marries harmoniously with velvety and buttery mouth feel. Cinnamon, cloves, and cardamom contribute another layer. Butterscotch/Graham cracker pie crust/and a dash of quality vanilla...

Tequila Guru
76 ratings
  • 91 Rating

Lot 73 | In the glass it’s a clean clear light straw color with nice tears immediately after swirl. On the nose I’ve got cooked agave, earth, vegetal, brine, marsh. The palate is, again, clean cooked agave at the forefront with allspice, clove, earth, brine, and a hint of oak. Long finish with a bit of an abbreviated ethanol warmth at the end. Classic valley tequila and always on my shelf!

Tequila Honey Badger
1254 ratings
  • 90 Rating

Lot 80 | My first .375, after 2 pours the bottle is 1/3 gone lol. This is a nicely rich release with caramelized roast agave, barrel spice of oak, caramel, and vanilla, this is tequila creme brulée in the mouth. Glad I have several more of this lote.

Tequila Wizard
852 ratings
  • 89 Rating

Lot 81 | Nose: Lively barrel spice entrance, embracing a crisp oak note and mellow butterscotch. Clean orange and citrus rind. Some flintiness to the aromas. Flavor: Caramel, spice, pepper and brininess. Kicky and creamy on the tongue. Trace vanilla and citrus with a blooming heat factor.

Tequila Wizard
852 ratings
  • 90 Rating

Lot 77 | Nose: Spicy citrus and grilled pineapple. A pleasing sour aroma tagging along. A dark berry or cherry aroma, vanilla and sweet barrel notes. Flavor: Vibrant pepper and barrel spices. Flavor is congruent to aromas: dark ripe fruit notes, rich round vanilla, punchy cinnamon and a citrus twang. A hint of hazelnuts as it winds down. A slightly different flavor profile in this Fortaleza repo.

Tequila Wizard
852 ratings
  • 84 Rating

Lot 74 | Lote 74R. Try number 2... Nose: Cardamom, cinnamon, and vanilla tinged oak. Some clay and musty straw aromas. Hints of cedar and fruity agave. Flavors: Robust spices, a kick in the butt dose of white pepper, and oak. A fleeting cherry note, maybe some butterscotch, nutmeg and slow baked camote. It has some brininess to it, and an herbal note. Finishes strong, with an addition of anise. While there is much to recommend in this lote, to me, it has a slightly off musty note in the nosing and tasting.

Tequila Wizard
852 ratings
  • 86 Rating

Lot 71 | A fine representation of recent Fortaleza Reposados.

Tequila Wizard
852 ratings
  • 79 Rating

Lot 72 | Lote 74, not 72 Nose: The overall aroma profile on lote 74 is a departure from most Fortaleza repos in my experience. It opens with spiced pear, a hint of oak, dried powdered ginger, cloves and cinnamon. There is a flowery, perfume like bouquet mingling with the scent of lemon zest. There is just the tiniest hint of lactic and clay notes. Flavors: The palate is atypical as well. It begins with barrel spice and white pepper. It is slightly “perfumey” to the taste. Not a lot of weight in the mouth, but leaves an impression of flowery honey. Finishes with some bitterness, and to me, some confusion. Maybe it is just my palate tonight...

Tequila Phenom
334 ratings
  • 88 Rating

Lot 72 | Light but on point for a Reposado, everything from this distillery is authentic and incredibly made

Tequila Savant
284 ratings
  • 87 Rating

Lot 55 | When I’m asked what tequila tastes like I tell them to try Fortaleza. It’s made in the most traditional way. It’s classic tequila in my opinion. This Reposado has a nice nose. I taste the agave followed by mineral brine and a complex mix of citrus and slight white pepper. The finish is short to medium with the absence of an alcohol burn (smooth). It’s a pleasant sipper. All aficionado’s should have Fortaleza in their collection. !Salud!

Tequila Phenom
354 ratings
  • 90 Rating

The 6 month reposado is simply one of the best reposados on the market period. I love it!!

Tequila Wizard
852 ratings
  • 84 Rating

Lot 67 | Nose: Subtle oak influence. Minerals and potting soil. A pleasant pinch of cinnamon and cardamom. Considerably more butterscotch aroma than my last lote, #70. Faint vanilla and citrus emerged as it opened up a tad. Flavors: Much more exuberant spices and pepper than the aroma had portended. Butterscotch in the tasting, as promised in the nosing. I’m not picking up the normal cheesy, funky, olive nuances that I usually find in a Fortaleza repo. The white pepper note picks up momentum and heat as it sits in your mouth. Finish has a touch of bitterness with the pepper heat.

Tequila Honey Badger
1254 ratings
  • 90 Rating

Lot 47 | Same as it ever was though this seems to be particularly briny in nature. Fortaleza fermentation funk (that's a good thing) is ever present and this was aged for a proper period of time as it has no sticker. Lightly touched by the barrel, some spice from oak and agave are in evidence. Finish fades to some olive notes and that brine.

Tequila Honey Badger
1254 ratings
  • 89 Rating

Lot 68 | Poured at MBTC 2019. This was spicier than some recent reposado which have had an overall creaminess. A nice change of pace with agave, as always, plus barrel spice of vanilla and oak plus some nice aromas.

Tequila Honey Badger
1254 ratings
  • 90 Rating

Lot 58 | Tasted at Scales in Monterey, CA. Nice caramel, brine, agave. Just solid, solid, solid.

Tequila Wizard
852 ratings
  • 86 Rating

Lot 70 | Nose: First, a whiff of familiar Fortaleza olives greet me. Next, aromas of butterscotch - but with some edgy ticklish notes. Warming barrel spice and earthy minerals. Flavor: Spices and robust pepper complement the sweet, chewy agave mouth sensation. Finish: A little white pepper kicks up the heat a notch with a creaminess to balance it out.

Tequila Honey Badger
1254 ratings
  • 90 Rating

Lot 67 | Another pour from NW Agave Fest.

Tequila Honey Badger
1254 ratings
  • 90 Rating

Lot 66 | Lote 66R from the 80ml mini bottle sold at the distillery in a 3 pack with blanco and añejo. Back to the expected profile after some hiccups with lotes in the 50s. Agave, barrel, creamy custard with some vanilla and caramel. Sipped the whole bottle rather quickly.

Tequila Wizard
852 ratings
  • 88 Rating

Lot 61 | Nose: The first wave aromas are bright cardamom, clove, and cinnamon spices, with butterscotch with some underlying oaky tones. Signature agave is here, sharing the stage with lemon, oranges, pineapple and banana. Undertones of earthiness and mushrooms. Flavor: Round, spicy and buttery. Some pepper heat builds as you sip.

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