“One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor.” – George Carlin
The much-anticipated wait is over because Fortaleza Tequila, one of the world’s finest premium tequilas, is now available in South Africa and we were lucky to be one of the selected media guests invited to attend the Fortaleza Tequila Johannesburg launch on 14 November 2017 at Café Hemingways, Kyalami. We tasted the tequila of 150 years ago, distilled without the benefits and processes of modern technology, before being treated to three premium tequilas, Fortaleza Blanco, Fortaleza Reposado and Fortaleza Añejo, paired with the most delicious food to please any foodie’s palates.
Fortaleza Tequila is proudly brought to South Africa by Truman & Orange, Cape Town-based premium Spirits Company and the collection is now available at selected premium stores around the country. When asked about the reason for launching this tequila now, Rowan Leibbrandt from Truman & Orange said, “We’re starting to see huge interest from South African drinkers in premium spirits, and high-quality in general. South Africa is a large tequila market but, to most South Africans, tequila meant low quality mixtos that gave you a nasty headache at university. That is changing as South Africans are starting to demand 100% Agave Tequilas of the same high quality of cognacs and single malts that they’re enjoying. And this is being supported by a wave of exciting new up-market restaurants exposing South Africans to Mexican cuisine.”
We also had an opportunity to learn about Fortaleza tequila. After seven years of growing, the mature and ripe blue agave it is harvested and then cooked by steam in a traditional small brick oven for around 30 hours. A large round two-ton volcanic stone, called a ‘Tahona’, slowly squeezes all the juices from agave. After adding water from the volcanic mountain of Tequila and separating the fibres, the ‘mosto’ is fermented in wood open-air tanks. When fermentation is complete, the distinctive of Fortaleza tequila is achieved by being distilled twice, in two very small copper-pot stills (that have been in place since the distillery was built more than 100 years ago) – it is these stills that bring a certain amount of “magic” to the process. For more information visit Truman & Orange.
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