Zacapa's aging and blending facility near Quetzaltenango is where Lorena spends most of her time. Here is where the white oak barrels seek shelter, and where the rum will lie dormant throughout the aging period. This facility is called The House Above the Clouds and it is an important part of the complex ageing system of Zacapa.
This place is situated on the mountainside about 2300 meters (7,655 feet) above sea level. Several atmospheric conditions contribute to this aging process: Here the days are warm and the nights are cool.
Refined Vices and René van Hoven of Rumpages present to you a three part interview with the Master Blender of Ron Zacapa; The largest collection of information regarding Ron Zacapa on the Internet.
On Wednesday first of April (no April fools joke!) I had a long conversation with Lorena Vásquez, the Master Blender of Zacapa. In this interview you will find the results of a 1½ hour conversation in combination with information I collected from their website and other information I had already sourced.
A symbol of luxury, glamour and revelry for centuries, the island of Barbados is also the home of Mount Gay Rum, the finest, oldest brand of rum in existence. Since 1703, Mount Gay has consistently produced rums of unsurpassed excellence and purity, proving itself to truly be the rum that invented rum.
And now, this legendary brand has once more made history. In honour of its rich heritage and centuries-old excellence, Mount Gay has crafted an entirely new product of such rarity and indescribable opulence that it may only be deemed the superlative of rum: 1703 Old Cask Selection.
Approaching this old Jacobean plantation promises to be a memorable experience. Coming from the west (via Holetown or Speightstown) you’re greeted by a road lined with massive mahogany trees. Via the east coast its impossible to miss the view offered by Cherry Tree Hill.
It is one of the highest points on the Bajan Island and offers the breathless view of the entire rugged east coast. The last route is the one we took. After stopping to take pictures of the view you start driving down the slope where you enter the mahogany lined road that leads to the estate.
The spring is here in full force and people are beginning to shed their clothes and finding their way to the sunny terraces of the bars as the summer approaches and the weather gets warmer.
This is the perfect time to enjoy refreshing cocktails such as the Caipirinha, Brazil's national cocktail. An authentic Caipirinha can of course only be made with authentic Cachaça, a spirit that can only be made in Brazil and must be made from fresh-pressed sugar cane juice and distilled to no higher than 54% abv and bottled between 38% and 48% abv.
Trying to decide which shore excursions to take on a cruise can be a mind boggling thing. Well, on a recent cruise which included Jamaica, it was easy for me. While my family was off getting freezing cold walking up the Dunn river falls, I went on the Appleton Estate Rum Tour.
I boarded my van with other passengers from our ship. We traveled the route winding through the lush greenery and little villages until we entered the valley where the distillery resides. Upon entering the gates, we all could smell the sweet smell of molasses wafting through the open window.
Emerging from the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, the coral island of Barbados has symbolized luxury, glamour and revelry for centuries.
This haven of white sand, sun-drenched fields of sugar cane and cascades of the purest crystalline water is also the birthplace of rum. Mount Gay Rum, the finest, oldest brand of rum in existence, has been produced on Barbados with passion and unparalleled excellence since 1703.
Expertly fashioned from rich sugar cane and with the pristine, coral-filtered water native to the island, Mount Gay Rum is a sumptuous, inimitable expression of the Barbadian art of living.
Silviano S. Samaroli is an independent Italian based bottler, known for his Malt Scotch Whisky and more recently for his rum bottlings as well. All of these are limited edition products from single casks that cannot be reproduced, which makes them quite special.
In the past Samaroli visited the main rum distilleries on all of the tropical sites and got familiarised perfectly with the distilleries in Jamaica, Guyana, Martinique, Trinidad, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Mauritius, Reunion South Africa et cetera.
His first limited edition rum bottling was the 1948 West Indies Dark Rum which became very successful.