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2013 Fuenteseca Huerta Singular "El Maguey" Blanco Tequila (750ml)

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What specifically makes Enrique's single-site expression so incredible? Let's start with the aromatics. From the minute you pop the cork and begin nosing the bottle, sweet smells of incense, roasted agave, and tropical fruit inundate the senses. Absent entirely, the aromas are of pepper, savory spice, or vegetal notes, that usually accompany the fruitier tones. It's as hedonistic as unadulterated tequila can smell; but the spirit is not without spice, on the whole. The first sip builds on those enticing aromas, but a huge dollop of baking spices, sweet agave nectar, and candied papaya lights up the palate before they take hold. There's a pure and electric nature of roasted agave flavor here. How many people have ever chewed on a piece of cooked blue agave? We can't say. But having done so numerous times, we can safely tell you that never have we tasted such a translation into the spirit itself. The finish is where all of these elements come into focus. The lift of the baking spices builds with the alcohol and turns into sweet citrus. The roasted agave notes breathe heavily thereafter and the combination lingers for a full minute before fading gracefully. Tasting this blanco is like taking your first sip of Haut-Brion or Richebourg; it's on that level of sophistication. It's the best blanco tequila available, pure and simple, and it sets a new bar for other producers to follow.

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By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/1/2020 | Send Email
It is the end of an era. This has been the best blanco tequila in the store for over 3 years. If you've talked to me in person about tequila since this first landed on our shelves in 2017 I have certainly implored you to purchase this bottle before. I have no doubt the several bottles I've stashed away will be the best blanco in my spirits collection for years to come. In terms of flat out quality - it's one of the best bottles of any wine or spirit I've laid my hands on. A one off - distilled in 2013 and rested for years in tank until it was perfect. Enrique Fonseca - the largest agave farmer/owner in Jalisco - has quietly identified his best fields and singled them out to produce this elixir. This has been done for centuries in wine making (Burgundy anyone??) and nothing like this has been done with agave - arguably an even more terroir expressive plant than the vinus vinifera. The flavors are nearly impossible to describe and words will not do it justice. The nose is tropical fruit mingled with zesty citrus, crushed sea salt, flowers in full springtime bloom, and of course, cooked agave. If you ever have the luxury to bite into cooked agave before it gets mashed and distilled, your palate will be forever changed. It's a remarkable flavor - honey sweet and endlessly complex. The higher than usual ABV of this bottle provides tremendous lift and a backbone from which everything else hangs neatly. The finish can only be classified as ultra long - it lingers for minutes if you let it. If you're sick of the adulterated crap that gets passed off as tequila in today's market - stock up, because we are at THE END of the greatest 10,000 bottle run ever produced.

By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/1/2020 | Send Email
I mostly do wine, not spirits, BUT when there is something so unique and compelling like this single plot tequila from renowned Fuenteseca, I am all in. Very pretty aromas on this tequila of mandarin rind, guava and other tropical fruits. It's clean and polished with hardly any burn. The palate is all smooth, elegant fruit with a hint of spice--gorgeous! The best Blanco I've had in years.

By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/29/2020 | Send Email
Agave is the magical near mythical thing. No other product (save for the ultra expensive European Eau-de-Vie) can be superlatively good without any intervention or additions from the distiller. What other white spirit with no flavorings or additives is as delicious or complex? A challenge you to find my anything comparable. And within that frame work no product exhibits more purity and expressiveness of terroir than this incredible single field tequila. Rested for several years before bottling, the result is an absolutely unparalleled experience, which extorts the senses and boggles the mind. I'm not going to bother trying to describe how this tastes, but if you love spirits and don't own a bottle you will eventually regret it!

By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/18/2017 | Send Email
This is truly a spectacular tequila, one that helps me to realize how good tequila can be and lure me away from my sweet brown booze. I do not take home bottles of expensive tequila because I am really only interested in turning them into a paloma. However, I must admit I am looking forward to taking home a bottle of this blanco. The balance and purity of the agave are singularly impressive, Although I have not actually gotten to bite into blue agave as David has, I can well believe him when he says that this tequila is what that tastes like. As good as the nose and taste of this tequila is perhaps the finish is what truly sells me, long, beautiful, and elegant. A finish that seems to linger on the palate and in your mind.

By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/17/2017 | Send Email
This Tequila offers easy drinking along with layers of complexity to keep it interesting.In the nose it is pure Agave with citrus and savory notes. In the mouth it is soft and supple with beautiful citrus flavors with an addition of fascinating savory accents. This is all put together in a complex package with a nice long finish.

By: Jim Boyce | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/5/2017 | Send Email
Hot damn, Enrique Fonseca has done it again! The brains behind the majority of our favorite tequilas over the past few years is pushing the boundaries of the agave spirit once more. The intrigue behind his products started with the ArteNom selections in 2011, and grew substantially with the first Fuenteseca release; a blend of up to 21 year old tequila's that I never thought would be topped. Well, today I had a sip of the new Fuenteseca Blanco Singular release, and now I have at least a tie between my two favorite tequila's ever, and from a Blanco no less (I will be revisiting the last few drops of that 21 YO blend tonight, for science)! Do yourself a favor and read the full write up David did for the blog and email, then don't hesitate to buy a bottle and enjoy this piece of history in the making. It is a pure expression of the best Agave Jalisco has to offer, and it is an expressive, structured, magical liquid.
Top Value!

By: Stephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/3/2017 | Send Email
​​​​​​This is an amazing tequila and it's honestly unlike any tequila I've tasted before. The Fuenteseca Ensamble is one of the my favorites in the store and this blanco version is just as delicious. The fact that this tequila is from a single area with a specific terroir makes it even more unique and special. It's complex and full-bodied, yet it has pure, concentrated agave aroma and flavor. This is a tequila to not miss out on!

By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/3/2017 | Send Email
I'm not sure what I'll need to do to communicate the importance of this tequila in my staff review. SHOULD I WRITE IN ALL CAPS? Should I gush in a never ending river of superlatives and praise? There's never been a tequila like this before at K&L. Never has one producer made dozens of different distillates from various agave fields on various properties, in search of the ultimate single-site (or huerta) blue tequila expression, but that's what this blanco edition of Fuenteseca represents. Enrique Fonseca's quest to find singularity and terroir in tequila, but for the purpose of heightened quality, not some silly modern marketing gimmick to capitalize on locavore fashion. It's what the monks did a thousand years ago in Burgundy. It's what Champagne growers and Cognac distillers have done for centuries. For all this time, producers of fine wine and spirits in Europe have located their top sites and made individual expressions to showcase the heightened quality of those particular parcels. Why is it that no one in Jalisco has thought of doing this? You'll see single vintage tequila, or single estate tequila every now and again, but the reality is that these producers aren't actually choosing between agave fields. They only have one field at their disposal, so there's nothing really special about it. But Enrique Fonseca is the largest single landowner of agave in all of Jalisco! He has more agave fields than any other tequila producer in the business, so it means all the more coming from his vast holdings. The result is nothing short of spectacular. It ranks among the best tequilas I've ever tasted, and it's probably the best blanco expression I've ever had. This is the future of tequila, folks. It's not about extra anejo, or cask strength, or various types of cooperage. This isn't whisky. Enrique has clearly shown here that a tequila's quality can be heightened simply by carefully selecting special harvests of agave. This 2013 edition of Fuenteseca is all the proof you need (and it's proofed at a higher than normal 45.7%, which adds lift). It's been resting in stainless steel for years, waiting for the right moment to unleash its beauty. Now it's finally here and you simply, positively, absolutely must buy a bottle.

By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/3/2017 | Send Email
When David Driscoll, our spirits buyer, shouts “grab a glass, Jeff, I need you to taste something” as he heads for the tasting bar with an open bottle of booze in his hands, I waste no time in doing as he says. I have learned through good experience over the years that whatever he is pouring is going to be amazing. Today he surprised me with the new Fuenteseca Huerta Singular El Maguey Blanco Tequila. I have been an admirer of Enrique Fonseca ever since we started offering his anejos and extra-anejos. His masterful marriage of agave spirit and wood opened my eyes to the possibilities of the anejo style. And yet suddenly here I was with a glass of his Blanco in my hand. But this was no ordinary tequila. This was unlike any I had tasted before. I have had great blanco tequilas made from agave grown at higher altitudes that had impressive concentration and a sweet, fruity character. I have had blancos made from agave grown at lower altitudes that were wildly aromatic with a more savory quality. This new Fuenteseca Blanco seems to combine the best of both along with a slightly roasted note that somehow brings the whole thing together. There is more concentration and depth here, more sheer complexity, than I have ever tasted in a blanco-style tequila. If you believe that only wood-aged tequilas are worthy of sipping on their own, it’s only because you have yet to try the Fuenteseca Huerta Singular El Maguey Blanco Tequila.

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