One of the best Anejo in the market.
Here is where our blue agaves grow for seven to eight years, caressed with the warmth of the Mexican sun, nourished by the summer rains, and protected from the harsh and cold winter winds.
Visit us and you will feel like you stepped back in time……to the days in 1856 when Don Cenobio, my Great-Great Grandfather, in Spanish called “Tatarabuelo,” arrived in the town of Tequila. Don Cenobio, the first to export Tequila to the United States in 1860’s, started his own brand in 1870’s. His son Don Eladio, my Great-Grandfather or “Bisabuelo,” continued the tradition of making tequila until his death where he passed the tradition to his son, Don Javier, my Grandfather or “Abuelo.”
My Abuelo built the business to become the number one tequila producer in the world and then he sold it to Pedro Domecq Mexico in 1976. Fortunately, my Abuelo, left us with our lands and a small distillery named “LA FORTALEZA,” which means Fortitiude. It was built over a century ago, and was shut down and turned into a tourist museum in 1968 because its traditional process was too “inefficient.” In 1999, we decided to restore our old distillery to produce the finest tequila, using long abandoned, artisan methodology. In 2002, after 34 years as a tourist museum, LA FORTALEZA distilled its first liter of our authentic handcrafted Tequila!
This product will be available in Mexico only under the label name "Los Abuelos
Agave Source: Tequila Valley
Cooking Method: Stone/brick oven
Crushing Method: 100% stone crushed
Distillation: Double Distilled
Pot Style: Copper pots
Proof: 80 (40% abv)
Fermentation: Open-air wood tanks
Sugars: 100% agave
Water Source: Natural Spring (Tequila Valley)
Bottles: Hand-blown in Mexico
Aging: 18 months in American Oak
Caramel, vanilla, butterscotch and cooked agave aromas practically jump from the glass in this highly-praised and perfectly-aged añejo. This tequila is so rich and complex that some people are even able to detect pineapple, peach, orange blossom, nutmeg, and raisin in the nose.
Once in your mouth, the full cooked agave experience continues with a thick and oily texture that coats your mouth in a very soothing way. Butterscotch, caramel, toffee, citrus, and hazelnuts are common flavors that people identify.
Fortaleza Añejo is a prized treat for any tequila lover.
Fortaleza Anejo is what I recommend to Single Malt drinkers looking to explore tequila. I keep a bottle on the shelf at all times, as it offers smoothness, a clean agave taste, and a mild and enjoyable wood expression. Never harsh, this is the epitome of affordable craft tequila. If you prefer a more pronounced agave taste, try their Reposado.
It is very good, I bought a second bottle and after completing this, I will order another, best in class.
I almost didn't bother with writing a review as everyone else is in agreement - this is a 5-star tequila. "Authentic" is the word that best describes this anejo.
Not overly sweet. Not overly smooth. Well balanced. Just exactly what a good tequila should be. The reposado is also worth buying. You can't go wrong with Fortaleza.
Nose, palette....Love it!
Batch 54-A Open the bottle on Friday, weird smell of olives, pouring into a sniffer, more olives and “smooth” to drink. Put the cork back, which seems to seal well, open the bottle one week later, aroma almost gone, no legs on the glass, taste was like watery whiskey, have four friends to taste it and all agreed that drink did not taste like tequila at all but water with some hint of Scotch, poured the bottle to the toilet. I don't know if this was a very old batch or a counterfeit.
This is by far my favorite tequila. Perfect for slow sipping, nothing beats it!
Smooth, rich, delicious. By itself or in a anejo old fashioned cocktail.
I will definitely make a future purchase of this Tequila.
We visited this distillery in Tequila, MX...fell in love with the smooth, oaky-agave flavor...sip and enjoy!!