Fortaleza Reposado - Winter Blend 2023

Type: Tequila
Brand: Fortaleza
Nom
1493
116 Ratings See All

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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 : French Oak barrels, American White Oak barrels, Used barrels, Charanda barrels ,
ABV/Proof : 44% abv (88-proof)
Other : Blended batches, No additives

Profile

Aromas & Flavors Detected By Our Community

Aromas Detected

9
Oak
8
Agave (cooked)
7
Caramel
5
Baking Spice
5
Minerals
4
Cinnamon
4
Citrus
3
White Pepper
3
Molasses
3
Fruity
3
Vanilla
2
Pepper (black)

Flavors Detected

10
Caramel
10
Oak
9
Agave (cooked)
7
Vanilla
7
Pepper (black)
6
Cinnamon
5
Butterscotch
4
Minerals
3
Molasses
3
Fruity
3
Citrus
2
White Pepper

Ratings

Personal Scores & Reviews From Our Community

Tequila Badass
437 ratings
  • 87 Rating

Cinnamon spice, light sweetness, slight mint notes. Needs to open up a bit. Multiple Flavors dance on your tongue. Interesting barrrl blend. Price is up there, limited number of bottle produced

Tequila Wizard
977 ratings
  • 87 Rating

Aromas: Spicy, juicy, light barrel presence. More fruity than oaky. Opens to more dense and focused aromas. Cinnamon spice, light colored fruit, orange citrus. Succulent ripe pineapple and jackfruit. A touch of white pepper, and freshly hewn sawdust. Flavor: First swallow digresses a bit from the nose, but then aligns more closely to perceived aromas. Rests nicely in the mouth. Round with vanilla notes. Subtle, easy sipper.

Tequila Wizard
841 ratings
  • 86 Rating

Good complexity and harmonious, the abv works very well for this profile. I was expecting the charanda influence to be more remarkable, but still works out good. Leans towards an elegant oaky profile, personally wished it had more blanco essence, but the profile works for the season.

Tequila Badass
443 ratings
  • 90 Rating

I’m loving the Charanda influence with this new release. It’s going to be much more limited so I’m scared to see the price but the WB projects are always special and Fortaleza is some of the best of the best.

Tequila Badass
470 ratings
  • 88 Rating

I really enjoyed this year’s WB. I’d rank it behind 2019 but ahead of the rest on my initial taste. This one has some nice fruit, caramel, and cinnamon notes that are perfect for the season. These are getting pricey but I do appreciate the experimental barrel project. This year’s inclusion of ex-Charanda Mexican rum barrel is a nice touch!

Tequila Enthusiast
9 ratings
  • 96 Rating

The best tequila I’ve ever had

Tequila Connoisseur
67 ratings
  • 89 Rating

Value takes score down

Tequila Enthusiast
7 ratings
  • 89 Rating

This tequila is amazing. It smells flavorful and not overpowering. Upon first sip, I got the sweetness of agave right off the bat. As it went down I was able to taste oak and vanilla with some pepper on the tip of the tongue. It doesn’t have a particularly long finish but more of a medium finish. On the second sip I was able to taste caramel and butterscotch. It was definitely an extremely pleasant tequila to sip and not mix. Salud!

Tequila Freak
26 ratings
  • 89 Rating

Nose : Sweet , cinammon , citrus , baking spices , barrel notes . Taste : cinammon , slight vanilla/ caramel , citrus , oak barrel . Very tame slight peppery and briny finish . Another great blend. WB22 has this one beat though .

Tequila Aficionado
58 ratings
  • 89 Rating

Nose: Cooked agave shines through the subtle barrel notes, white pepper, hints of vanilla/caramel, and baking spice! There’s some unique scents that I’ve never smelled before, probably coming from the charanda barrel! Light citrus/fruity and a bit of mineral! Palate: oak barrel, cooked agave, and alcohol are the first things detected from the first sip, followed by caramel, cinnamon, and light butterscotch and vanilla! There’s pepper, not sure if it’s black or white though! Maybe both..? Definitely taste the minerals! Finish: Clean finish, cooked agave, cinnamon, pepper, and barrel notes linger. Heat does down quickly. Overall: Great repo, but price is way up there! Limited supply played a big role! Paid $232 in Colorado! I wouldn’t pay anything north of $250 and even that price is pushing it… Salud!

Tequila Badass
444 ratings
  • 88 Rating

Since I stopped chasing these bottles it’s fun to find it at a bar—cantina Mayahuel in san Diego has it. Aroma is my favorite part with plenty of sweetness—a touch more than regular repo. Taste is good but nothing to write about- just good. Finish is excellent and very smooth for the 44%, I wish it had more of a bite. Overall great but loses points for price.

Tequila Savant
218 ratings
  • 81 Rating

Smells like butterscotch and vanilla

Tequila Savant
237 ratings
  • 90 Rating

I was expecting to be disappointed but I was not. This is delicious. Maybe not such a unique flavor for the Winter Blend of the year but I appreciate it. I’d rank this number 2 after the 2019. I will definitely grab another bottle, or 2!

Tequila Lover
12 ratings
  • 91 Rating

Strong vanilla and citrus with solid base of Carmel agave sweetness. Slight bitter oak with a long professional finish.

Tequila Guru
79 ratings
  • 85 Rating

I really did not want to like this but… they’ve done it again. This is a truly special combination of aging that shines through the more you sip. The price point is on the verge of gouging (I paid $200 USD) but I do understand the economics behind it all. If you see this on a shelf I do think you need to experience all 1493 has to offer.

Tequila Savant
218 ratings
  • 86 Rating

Nice aroma sweet cooked agave barrel not overwhelming. Taste was nice just like aroma and it coats the mouth nice. Finish is ok but expected something that would stand out just like the other 4 WB releases. Good all around just expected more for a special release.

Tequila Guru
98 ratings
  • 90 Rating

This is a novelty and fun to try if available. Purchased at a the distillery and was ok with that as the WBs are unique.

Tequila Aficionado
58 ratings
  • 86 Rating

ages in 3 kinds of wood. honey on the nose and tongue. vanilla filled Carmel aroma. very nice. honey notes make it unique.

Tequila Ninja
159 ratings
  • 90 Rating

Nose: gentle eggy/custard sweetness sort of like a vanilla. Proceeds to cooked agave with baking spices. Last note is a blend of pepper & minerality. Taste: marriage of cooked agave & tropical notes - mango coconut, some cinnamon. Consistent pepper notes. Solid mouth feel with a subtle lingering heat. The fortaleza agave resonates in your mouth leaving you wanting another sip.

Tequila Enthusiast
5 ratings
  • 87 Rating

nose: cooked agave, grassy notes, oak, hint of caranel, hint of ripe banana taste: caramel, cooked agave, oak, vanilla, brown sugar, finish: pleasant burn and medium finish. complexities shine thru

Tequila Maniac
35 ratings
  • 90 Rating

G.E.S. hit a home run with his 2023 Winter Blend! We are sipping Lote LWB-R-05 and feel that this expression adds certain organoleptic dimensions and depth which leans more towards an añejo with its delicate forward cooked agave, caramel, molasses, barrel spice, oak, cinnamon, honey, and butterscotch accompanied by a hint of sweet apple. It provides a long and smooth finish which balances sweetness with soft peppery notes. Overall en excellent sipping tequila…. Almost at a fault- as we have to temper our desire to finish the bottle!

Tequila Guru
78 ratings
  • 95 Rating

The Charranda adds a nice unique touch. Notes of caramel, cinnamon, cardamom, pepper, nutmeg, orange peel, vanilla, and cooked agave. Perfect for the season. 9.5/10

Tequila Wizard
999 ratings
  • 85 Rating

Lote: LWB-R-05, bottled on 05-09-2023, tasted on 11-28-23. Color: yellow to dark yellow. Aroma: light sweet cooked agave, a touch of honey sweetness, earthy, hint of vanilla, wood note that becomes more noticeable as time goes by, minerality, hay. Slightly acidic & citrus. Palate: confirms aromas perceived, quite sweet on the palate with hay and light wood astringency. At the end light pepper spiciness. Dry agave fiber. Cinnamon. Finish is medium to medium long, a hint of sweet cooked agave with fibers and hay, hint of vanilla, hint of honey, cinnamon and wood notes persist. Warming.

Tequila Ninja
194 ratings
  • 90 Rating

The aroma wafts with dominant sweet red apple peel. Subsequent notes of caramel, oak, minerality, butterscotch, and a subtle brine converge with; what I would have thought was whiskey influence, but from what I’m learning is, Charanda barrels making its distinct presence known. Upon sipping, a discernible clean fruitiness emerges, which I attribute to the influence of Hungarian barrels. Sweet earthiness washes over the top of the palate along with the usual butterscotch, caramel, and minerality. Ethyl presence is nearly non-existent to me. The finish is fresh and fruity. Notably, rum-infused cinnamon imparts a subtle spicy end.