About Fortaleza Tequila Reposado
In 1856, Don Cenobio Sauza moved to Jalisco, Mexico and began importing tequila from Mexico into the United States. Upon his death in 1877, his son, Don Eladio Sauza, took control of the family business and began distilling tequila himself. For nearly a century, the Sauza family continued distilling tequila from their estate situated in the foothills of Volcán de Tequila in Jalisco, Mexico. The distillery eventually closed its doors in 1968 but only for a brief period of time. In 1999, Don Guillermo Sauza — a fifth-generation master distiller — resurrected the family business and opened the doors to Destileria La Fortaleza.
Fortaleza Tequila is made using 100% blue weber agave grown in the rich, volcanic soil of the Tequila Valley. The agave, which are nourished by the summer rains and protected from harsh winter winds, are grown for seven to eight years before being harvested at their peak of maturity by expert jimadors (a jimadors is a type of Mexican farmer who specifically harvests agave). After the agave have been harvested, their hearts, or piñas, are roasted for 33 hours in a brick oven with meter-thick walls. Then, the soft, sweet piñas are crushed using a tahona (a giant stone wheel), the exact same method that Sauza’s great-great grandfather used a century ago. After the piñas are crushed, the agave pulp, or mosto, is extracted and naturally fermented over the course of five days in open-air wood tanks before being double-distilled in copper-pot stills.
Fortaleza Tequila Reposado rests for six to nine months in American oak barrels before being bottled by hand. The palate boasts flavors of cooked agave, citrus, vanilla, apple, earthy notes, and cinnamon before a rich and delicately spicy finish rounds up the flavorful palate.
Each bottle of Fortaleza Tequila Reposado is hand-blown in Tonala, Mexico, by artisan glassmakers and topped with with a handmade cap designed to resemble the heart of the agave plant.
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Although tequila has developed a bad reputation, there’s more to the spirit than just shots on a Saturday night.
This traditional Mexican drink origins in the state of Jalisco when according to a local legend, lightning struck an agave cactus before the Nahua tribe drank its warm nectar. Behold, tequila.
Legally, tequila has to be made of 51% of Blue agave around the Jalisco region in Mexico. There are different types of tequila according to age – from the youngest representatives, blanco, reposado, and añejo, to the oldest extra añejo.