Fortaleza Añejo

Type: Tequila
Brand: Fortaleza
Nom
1493
1142 Ratings See All
$90.00
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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, Blended batches, No additives

Profile

Aromas & Flavors Detected By Our Community

Aromas Detected

102
Agave (cooked)
82
Vanilla
79
Caramel
69
Oak
43
Butterscotch
26
Pepper (black)
24
Butter
18
Cinnamon
18
Citrus
17
Honey
17
Alcohol
16
Earth

Flavors Detected

103
Agave (cooked)
71
Vanilla
70
Oak
69
Caramel
43
Pepper (black)
41
Butterscotch
31
Butter
24
Cinnamon
22
Citrus
22
Earth
19
Fruity
18
Smoke

Ratings

Personal Scores & Reviews From Our Community

Tequila Wizard
725 ratings
  • 89 Rating

Lot 52 | Nose: Light oak sawdust aroma and warm barrel spices. Maple, coffee and vanilla. Citron and lemon blossom. Flavors: Orange liqueur, caramel, dark chocolate and punchy pepper. Vanilla and fruit flavors develop as it breathes a bit.

Tequila Wizard
725 ratings
  • 89 Rating

Lot 51 | Nose: Initial blast of warm barrel spices. Followed up with a woodsy forest aroma, hot cider with a stick of cinnamon, vanilla, juicy fruit, oranges and grilling pineapple. Flavors: Oily and has tons of fruit (perhaps dark cherries), dried fruit and candied fruit. It brings a spicy and peppery tingle to the tongue and esophagus. Very different from other Fortaleza añejos of recent memory. This has a dessert like quality to it. Almost tastes like some French oak was blended in. Or some XA.

Tequila Honey Badger
958 ratings
  • 91 Rating

Lot 47 | Love this as I do all releases. This seems to have more actual barrel than some Añejo releases with some slight bitterness from the re charred barrels. Nicely aromatic with agave, oak, caramel along with a nicely rounded feel in the mouth. Some slight spike in alcohol mid palate that turns to roast agave sweetness, a great tongue tingling finish that fades to that slight bitter remnant.

Tequila Savant
160 ratings
  • 91 Rating

Lot 42 | This is the special anejo, mixed with extra anejo, and it has a great balance considering. It's got a great nose, picking up all kinds of barrel notes from the extended aging. Absolutely delicious notes coming through, with butterscotch, smoke, vanilla, caramel, fruit, honey and butter. Delicious!!

Tequila Wizard
725 ratings
  • 89 Rating

Lot 49 | Nose: Subtly intertwining spices of allspice, nutmeg and cardamom. Citrus, pepper, vanilla and white chocolate. Tropical fruit, slightly under ripe pineapple, and smells similar to green lumber that is drying. Flavor: Initial pop of finely ground white pepper and baking spice. Sweet citrus, fruit, vanilla, and nutty salted caramel. Trace earthiness, cedar aromas and salinity. A touch of leather. Finish: Bigger, bolder and more memorable finish than some recent lotes, IMHO.

Tequila Ninja
151 ratings
  • 90 Rating

Lot 42 | Aroma has

Tequila Ninja
116 ratings
  • 91 Rating

Lot 42 | At nose, aroma is pretty fruity. tropical fruits come to record, such as banana. Light spices too, as cinnamon. Cooked agave aroma floats beneathz as well as some butterish notes. This is not the typical añejo profile in which you get lots of dark spice, wood and vanilla. At taste it is more complex. I get the wood right away the first sip, pepper explodes in my tongue's tip. afterwards, nice cooked away come to record. Bold character in the aftertaste, featuring ripe fruit tastes while coming to an end. This is a well balances añejo that still respects agave flavour, but marries the aging wood taste pretty well, coming to a well executed balancing act.

Tequila Honey Badger
958 ratings
  • 91 Rating

Lot 48 | Poured at MTBC 2019. Sweet agave, caramel, vanilla. Unmistakable Fortaleza creaminess and flavor.

Tequila Ninja
119 ratings
  • 92 Rating

Aroma : Cooked agave, vanilla, caramel. Some oakiness along with butter and olives. Taste : Full bodied, oily and complex with plenty of agave for an Añejo, vanilla and caramel, more oak and butter and olives. I also got some fruity/peach notes and butterscotch. Finish : Long lasting and slightly spicy, and prolongs butter, butterscotch, and oak notes. This is a good balance of sweet and spicy, and it's very complex. I've been away the past 2 weeks, and this was a great tequila to have after so long. I'm stocked on many more tequilas so I definitely hope they measure up to this.

Tequila Ninja
124 ratings
  • 91 Rating

Lot 40 | Lot 40. Agave flavor tempered slowly by vanilla, Carmel and butterscotch. The finish is perfectly timed but does stop a smidge short on flavors as the entire tequila vanishes a bit too quickly. The best anejo I’ve ever had.

Tequila Wizard
725 ratings
  • 88 Rating

Lot 46 | Aroma: This is not a typical Fortaleza añejo profile to me. The initial nose presents round, fruity cider notes, with some almost French oak character. Lively spices of green cardamom in the shell and cinnamon - and a hint of toffee. A vague vinegar aroma - but cloaked in the spice aromas. Flavors: Spicy barrel influence, vanilla, butterscotch and white pepper. The light color of this añejo conveys a somewhat deceptive impression - it is rich and fills the mouth.

Tequila Savant
146 ratings
  • 95 Rating

Lot 42 | Delicious, deeply concentrated roasted agave with an enjoyable rich, smooth finish. And a bit richer mouth feel than the Lote 43.

Tequila Savant
146 ratings
  • 95 Rating

Lot 43 | Delicious, deeply concentrated roasted agave with an enjoyable peppery finish.

Tequila Boss
373 ratings
  • 89 Rating

Lot 46 | Lighter than the normal anejo, but has a richer mouthfeel and a cheesier aroma than we usually get in the anejo. After it opens, surprising honey aroma in the bottom of the glass. (New barrels?). A little different but good!

Tequila Ninja
151 ratings
  • 91 Rating

Lot 28 | Aroma had loads of caramel, baked agave, and some vanilla, along with oak. Flavor has plenty of sweet baked agave, caramel with a hint of wood. The finish has a medium mouth feel with a great long finish.

Tequila Honey Badger
958 ratings
  • 92 Rating

Lot 21 | Opened for my birthday. Creamy caramelized agave, barrel notes of oak and vanilla and a wonderful finish. Salud to being 66 years old.

Tequila Ninja
137 ratings
  • 89 Rating

Killer. Delicious balance of agave and oak. I was thinking the oak would be stronger due to the length of aging, but they’ve done an amazing job of letting the agave shine through. Well balanced, and reasonably priced IMO. Bravo

Tequila Boss
373 ratings
  • 93 Rating

Lot 43 | Orange peel, caramel, a touch of chocolate, yet bright agave flavor and natural sweetness. This rare blend of anejo and XA is a real gem.

Tequila Badass
413 ratings
  • 96 Rating

Lot 43 | Despite the long aging it stays true to the house style, Hubba Bubba in the roof of my mouth with all that earthy goodness you expect from this brand. It’s amazing!!!!

Tequila Wizard
725 ratings
  • 91 Rating

Lot 41 | Nose: Herbal and grassy notes with a flinty mineral note, transitioning into big caramelized agave presence. Fruit, vanilla and a hint of lactic round out the aromas. Flavors: Pleasant barrel spices, white pepper, vanilla and an undercurrent of flowers. There is a residual almond note and tannins as well. I am rating this after several months of enjoying lote 42, and more recently 43. It is a totally different profile and a refreshing change up.

Tequila Wizard
725 ratings
  • 94 Rating

Lot 43 | This lote 43 is being evaluated next to a glass of lote 42. A couple of tequila aficionados that I really respect have found the lote 43 to be superior. I’m having difficulty discerning huge differences. 43 seems to have a softer nose - maybe more butterscotch and nutmeg and less cardamom... In the mouth, 43 is less hot and a little rounder - less fire. Yet it still has tons of barrel spice heat. The finish on 43 might be a little more buttery. I’m having to nit pick.... I will have to defer to those with more highly refined palates - but I like them both!

Tequila Honey Badger
958 ratings
  • 93 Rating

Lot 08 | Tasted at Casa Rick and Candy on 13/09/2018. Caramelized agave along with agave buttercream in the mouth. These older lotes have just a ton of character and flavor.

Tequila Honey Badger
958 ratings
  • 94 Rating

Lot 43 | Same, same, same as the other one.

Tequila Wizard
725 ratings
  • 94 Rating

Lot 42 | Nose: I could write an essay, there is so much going on. I’ve switched between a Glencairn, a Glencairn nosing glass, and the Stolzle jarrito for my nosing. Initially, vanilla and white chocolate notes, cider, dark ripe berries, floral nuances and hints of ripe cheese. Oak is wending its way through the the multitude of aromas. Flavor: Explosive spice notes: pepper, cinnamon and cardamom. It totally engulfs your palate. Great mouth feel. Big agave presence, cherry and tropical fruits. Finish: Long lasting, dynamic finish highlighted with anise, pepper and a honey like mouth sensation. This is such a complex Añejo, that every time I revisit it, I think I will find different nuances. Second night tasting additional notes. Nose: I’m noticing butterscotch, olives and more oak this time around. Flavor: Picking up anise and more heat tonight. Finish: Noticing more sweetness and honey notes. I can’t stay out of this bottle!

Tequila Ninja
82 ratings
  • 94 Rating

Lot 42 | Initially I thought this lote was just ok . But upon the “revisit “ almost two weeks later , and a longer than usual resting of the glass , holy shit ! This stuff opens up like you wouldn’t believe !!! Glad we kept a few bottles ! Khrys wasn’t jiven!!! My initial score was 89 but should be about 5 or 6 points higher after this tasting .

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