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|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, Fermentation without fibers ,|
|Distillation :||2x distilled ,|
|Still :||Copper Pot ,|
|Aging :||- ,|
|ABV/Proof :||46% abv (92-proof)|
|Other :||No additives, Distilled at or near proof, Natural cork|
Lot 21 | On the nose, that distinct Fortaleza agave and saline/brininess. The green olive notes, minerals and that earthiness that I have come to enjoy. On the palate, rich mouthfeel, completely coats the taste buds and they’ve really nailed the proof. It tastes a little hotter but the flavor is intense. I think at higher proof, the heat would overwhelm the flavor punch. Interestingly enough, I’m getting all agave and spices and brine, some citrus, but not that really nice pineapple rind note I got from the Lote 20. It’s really hard to pick which one is better, I’d have to line them up in a blind. This is, yet again, another exquisite tequila from Fortaleza. The price has gone up a little bit here so I’ll knock a little down on value, but it’s still solid at $65. Very delicious tequila. Definitely my second place valle pick.
Lot 21 | Nose: Agave fresh from the horno. Snappy minerals. Citrus and potting soil. Trace mintiness Fresh. Flavor: Pepper and cinnamon leap out of the glass, playing foil to the opulently sweet agave. Some herbal undertones join the mint, as does some salinity and anise. Finish: The flavors and mouth feel hang in for a good long time.
Lot 18 | Lote 18, I don’t know what went wrong but but both bottles had a shitty finish
Lot 21 | White pepper was more dominant in this lote but still amazing as always.
Lot 20 | Nose: Rich agave sweetness, orange peel, mint, cinnamon and a dash of anise. Wet crushed gravel on a hot day. Warm enveloping aromas. Flavor: Greeted with sweet and heat. The buttery and viscous texture tames the back of the throat heat and slight bitterness. Wild flower honey. Bursting agave throughout. Finish holds onto that bitter note.
Lot 19 | Nose: Green olives, spicy sweet agave, citrus and ripe berries. Flavor: Oily, peppery, spicy. A nice pop of anise and cinnamon. Caramelized, honeyed agave filling the palate. Buttery with a bit of salinity on the tail end. Nice warming heat on the finish.
Lot 20 | Agave, cantaloupe, alcohol, grass on the nose Oily at first but slips away to water quickly. Agave with stone and hints of vanilla taste. A warming finish that stays with you and isn’t necessarily pleasant. High proof comes through
Lot 20 | 20-S. The hits just keep on coming. Solid
Lot 20 | Agave de Las Villas
Lot 20 | On the nose, tons of cooked agave, some citrus, reminds me of the oil on an orange peel. That olive briney note is definitely there big time, and I’m getting pineapple rind and some honey. I swear something almost like corn in there. On the palate, Explosion of flavor. Absolutely tons of cooked agave and a nice sweetness that I wasn’t expecting. I’m taken aback at how oily it is, it coats the mouth exquisitely. Definitely a little heat but I would call it a “burn” necessarily. Getting some olive, some vegetal notes. Definitely that honey, some cinnamon, and that salty/brineyness. Finish for days. Definitely a stunner, must have in the collection Imo. The hype is warranted.
Lot 20 | Citrus, agave, earth, and grass on the nose. Taste agave, pepper, orange rind. Very nice.
Lot 20 | Purchased online for USD80 in March 2022. Aroma and flavor are very citrusy. Further details to be added.
Lot 20 | “Agaves de la villa”, glad I was able to find this bottle here. The finish is where this one shines vs. the other Still Stength’s I have tried. It is rounder and has a sweeter aftertaste, not as briney as other Fortaleza’s. Another great one from Fortaleza.
Lot 20 | This is the 'private estate' Lot 20 still strength. It's more buttery, with less anise, and vegetable notes, over the regular still strength. it also is sweeter and takes longer to open up but once it does... Oh Boy. I put this at a 93, the regular still strengths at 92
Lot 16 | Strong notes of clean cooked agave, with lime zest and cucumber, but somehow milder than the aroma on the standard blanco. The taste is also a stronger punch of cooked agave, with the same pleasant viscosity as the blanco. The finish is a kick of vegetal and citrus flavors that linger after each sip.
Lot 20 | Agaves De La Villa - Lote 20S - 46% ABV - 92 Proof This lot was produced by using exclusively ripe blue agave‘s from Fortaleza’s Villa in Tequila, Jalisco. As always, only mature agave, yeast and water were used. - I smell buttery cooked agave and faint white pepper. There’s some light vegetal and earthy notes. It’s a simple but clean nose. - I taste cooked agave, green apples, black pepper and jalapeños. - It’s viscous and spicy. The creamy cooked agave and pepper linger. There’s a pleasant alcohol tingle. This is a top notch high proof Blanco!
Lot 17 | It's Fortaleza...Still Strength.
Lot 16 | Nose: Gobs of caramelized agave accompanied with citrus: lemon, lime and tangerine. Very herbaceous. Rosemary, thyme, dill and mild white pepper. Notes of moist earth and clay. Cinnamon and a hint of vanilla. Flavor: Lively pepper and cinnamon delivered in a velvety sweet agave package. Bright citrus notes punch through - including grapefruit peel that carries a bit of bitterness. Fruitiness, an almost ripe berry flavor. Warm, oily, round feeling on the tongue. Finish: A lazy, full mouth finish.
Lot 13 | Nose: Slightly muted nose. Pine needles (think Christmas tree) and citrus rind. A little mineral “tingle”. A slight hard cider note, with warm cinnamon and vanilla undertones. Loads of brown sugary sweet agave. Green olives. Flavors: Nothing muted in the tasting. Pepper, citrus and spice bite. Brine. It soon transitions into a creamy texture, buttery rich agave, anise and oily green olives. Sits really nice on the tongue. And lingers...
Lot 16 | Agave forward. Leaves a nice tingle and warmth on the tongue.
Lot 14 | It is very difficult no to love this tequila, lots of cooked agave, peppery just a little heat at the end well made.
Lot 15 | Nose: Creamy agave immediately in your face. Zesty spice, minerals and citrus notes. Hint of mint and allspice. Flavor: Brown sugar, black pepper zing and toffee. Savory buttery agave playing off robust spices and olive brine. A very nice lote, indeed.
Lot 13 | Aroma: Fruity, olives, earth, agave, alcohol, nutty butter, brine/salt, black pepper, vegetal. Palate is full of sweet agave, honey, caramel-sugar, olives, alcohol, black pepper, fruity. Finish is sweet agave, marzipan, earth and salty caramel . Lot 13-5
Lot 13-5 . Aroma: Fruity, olives, earth, agave, alcohol, nutty butter, brine/salt, black pepper, vegetal. Palate is full of sweet agave, honey, caramel-sugar, marzipan, olives, alcohol, black pepper, fruity. Finish is sweet agave, marzipan, earth and salty caramel .
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Lot 20 | Tasted at the Agave Bros “Battle of the Blancos” event