Tequila Fortaleza (meaning “Fortitude”) is one of the icons of quality oriented tequila production. The Reposado (“rested”) tequila is truly special. Beeswax and pretty wafts of menthol, eucalypt. Plenty of burning gum leaves, wet grass and toasted nuts once it starts to open a bit. Caramel, lanolin, wax apple, menthol menthol menthol. Located in the town of Tequila, Jalisco, they have been making tequila for centuries. Everything is from estate grown, 100% stone milled agave. A brick oven with meter thick walls cooks the agave for thirty six hours. The crushed agave is then washed with mountain water from the Volcan de Tequila to separate the pulp from the woody fibres to create the 'mosto'. The woody fibres of the agave are removed at this time, and taken to the fields to use as compost. The agave mosto is then naturally fermented for five days in small wood vats, and then double distilled using small, labor-intensive copper pot stills. The bottles are hand-blown in Tonala, Jalisco and the bottle tops, artisan designed and hand made. They represent the harvested heart of the agave.