Fortaleza Reposado Tequila 40%
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- Country - Mexico
- Food Match - Mexican Food
- Alcohol - 40%
- Size - 70cl
PRODUCER: Honouring the Sauza family legacy, Guillermo Sauza represents the 5th Generation of a family committed to crafting fine tequilas from the heart of Tequila, Jalisco.
From its high vantage point, the ‘Destilería La Fortaleza’ estate overlooks the eponymous town of Tequila, Jalisco. This has been the home of Guillermo Sauza’s family and their distilleries for more than five generations, and where they have meticulously perfected their craft since 1873.
Originally owning and running three local distilleries, Guillermo’s grandfather closed ‘La Fortaleza’ in 1968, turning it into a museum showcasing the history of tequila production.
Determined to revive his family’s iconic distillery, in 2002 Guillermo Sauza reignited the 100-year-old boiler of ‘LaFortaleza’ for the first time in decades. Using the very same stone crushed mill as from when the business started in 1873, his aim was simple – to create a collection of exceptional tequilas, honouring the past, and galvanising their future.
From their home for nearly 150 years, Tequila Fortaleza is the result of traditional artisanal craft, and their collection of 100% agave stone crushed tequilas are impressive in their exceptional flavour and smoothness.
The range is characterised by their iconic hand-blown Mexican glass bottles and hand-made stoppers shaped like agave piñas.
PRODUCTION: Fortaleza harvest mature agave plants which are grown in the surrounding heartlands of the Tequila Valley. Their substantial traditional brick oven has metre-thick walls and 15-ton capacity, meaning it takes around 4 hours to load the agave piñas by hand. These are then slowly steam-cooked for 36 hours, powered by a vintage boiler which dates back to 1903.
The agave is then unloaded by hand and crushed by the traditional tahona stone mill to release the pulp and juices. The agave is then rinsed to separate the pulp from the fibres, producing the sweet agave nectar known as mosto.
After a 5-day fermentation process, the mosto is transferred to wooden vats, ready when the fermented must reaches around 5% ABV.
The fermented mosto muerto is then double-distilled in Destilería Fortaleza’s handmade vintage copper stills. After that, it’s filtered before being transferred to rest in charred American oak barrels for 6 months.
TASTING NOTES: Thanks to its resting time in American oak, this is a reposado of flawless character. This rich spirit is designed as a neat sipping tequila, or perfect for a twist on punchy cocktails like an Old Fashioned or the Martinez.