Fortaleza Tequila Arrives in SA
If you’re like most people, you probably have a love-hate relationship with tequila that in the past has been the reason for you waking up on countless mornings with a pounding headache. But fear not…tequila is so much more than the headache inducing gold liquid you took shots of in varsity and college and is actually one of the most versatile and complex spirits out there – perfect for sipping (not slamming), pairing with food and enjoying in delicious cocktails!
Meet Fortaleza Tequila, much-loved tequila from the town of Tequila in Mexico, that has officially launched in SA. Proudly brought to you by Truman & Orange, Cape Town based premium Spirits Company, the Fortaleza Tequila collection is available at selected premium liquor stores around the country.
Fortaleza is a small-batch, hand crafted, 100% agave tequila that comes from the town of Tequila, Jalisco, Mexico. The small family owned distillery, located on the slopes of an extinct volcano amongst maturing blue agave plants, is where 5th generation tequila maker, Guillermo Erickson Sauza, makes tequila using the same production methods employed by his forefathers.
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Globally, the tequila category has exploded and everyone seems to have launched their own brand from Justin Timberlake to George Clooney (who has just sold his tequila brand for a whopping $1 Billon!) SA is also the 4th largest tequila market worldwide (after Mexico, The US and Russia) and although tequila historically been associated with quantity rather than quality, the trend is definitely starting to change.
Fortaleza Tequila is available in three variants:
Fortaleza Blanco is double distilled in the copper pot stills and the result is a smooth, crisp tequila that is full of flavour from the blue agave. Crystal clear Fortaleza Blanco has earthy aromas of baked agave, backed with notes of dried berries and citrus. It comes in a hand-blown individually numbered bottle of 750 ml at 43% Vol. Alc. and retails at approx. R750 per bottle.
Fortaleza Reposado is aged for up to six months in American Whiskey barrels. It starts with aromas of raisins, figs, roasted nuts, caramelized agave, honey, delicate earth, and soft cinnamon. With a creamy mouth-feel, flavours of dried fruit lead to agave, toasted wood, baking spice and minerals and it leaves you with a vibrant and lively finish, with lingering spice. This light golden colour liquid comes in a 750-ml hand-blown bottle at 40% Vol. Alc. and retails at approx. R1 000 per bottle.
Fortaleza Añejo is aged for up to 1.5 to 2 years and is a mid to rich gold in colour with the nose of caramel, cinnamon, honey, and nutmeg. The signature mouth-feel of the Fortaleza tequilas is found here, as well as flavours ranging from soft agave honey to newly turned soil with wood sugars and spice throughout. The finish is of bracing minerals and hints of baked agave. Fortaleza Añejo comes in a 750-ml hand-blow bottle at 40% Vol. Alc. and retails at approx. R1 300 per bottle.
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