Tequila Fortaleza Blanco (Still Strength)
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Agave: 100% Blue Agave
State: Tequila, Jalisco
Master Distiller: Guillermo E. Sauza
Distillery Name (Palenque): La Fortaleza
Cooking method: Brick Oven
Fermentation: Open-air wood vats
Distillation: Copper pots
Aromas of fruit, baked fully-ripened agave, green olive, and earth are invitingly present. Slightly brighter and a touch more rustic than the regular blanco, the accents of butter,olive, earth, black pepper, and vegetal qualities in the flavor are enhanced because it comes straight from our small copper pot still, without adding water prior to bottling. For years, the only way to sample this was to visit our distillery in Tequila, Jalisco, until now.
Tequila Fortaleza launched in 2005, so it’s relatively new to the market, but it’s a Tequila family with over 140 years of history behind their brand. From this family comes the first person to export “mezcal de tequila” to the United States, shorten the name to just Tequila, and implement the use of steam to cook the agave (instead of an earthen pit), as well as stating that the Blue Agave was the best agave to use for production and establish tequila as the national drink of Mexico and the Denomination of Origin for Tequila. After several years of renovations and hard work, Don Guillermo got Destileria La Fortaleza up and running again. Today they are still making tequila in the same way it was made over 100 years ago, through small-batch, artisanal production in brick ovens.
“Our goal is to make the best tequila that we can, and to this day, we have not changed a single thing. While our family had always pushed the tequila industry forward, we are looking back. Using traditional and artisanal methods, our goal is to make the best tequila we can. By doing so we honor our great-great grandfather, great grandfather, and grandfather. Viva Fortaleza!!”