About Dictador Treasure Colombian Aged Gin
In 1751, Severo Arango y Ferro arrived in Cartagena, a port city in northern Colombia. Ferro had been sent to Colombia from Spain and was asked to establish and oversee commercial trading activities between Spain and its American colonies. Ferro proved himself to be an able and ruthless statesman and under his leadership, the city of Cartagena became a hub of economic activity and the most important port for the Spanish fleet in the Americas. Ferro's strength and power also earned him the nickname "Dictador."
Dictador was partial to a variety of rums that were being distilled in the Caribbean at the time, many of which passed through Cartagena on their way to Spain. In 1913, over 150 years after Ferro initially arrived in Colombia, one of his descendants established Destileria Colombiana. Today, the distillery honors the legacy of its founding ancestors with Dictador Rum.
Dictador Treasure Colombian Aged Gin is made from sugar cane unlike most gins that are based on a neutral grain spirit. It's distilled five times and aged for 35 weeks in ex-Rum barrels, resulting in a light amber color and smoked toffee notes on the palate. The complete list of botanicals is a secret, but we do know it includes juniper, citrus zest, and their signature ingredient – limon mandarino, a hybrid of mandarin orange and lemon with green skin and orange flesh. Bottled at 86 proof, this is a truly unique gin.
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According to Winston Churchill, "The gin and tonic has saved more Englishmen's lives and minds than all the doctors in the Empire," referring to the British officers using it to treat malaria in India.
Initially made for medicinal purposes, gin gets most of its flavor from the juniper berries added after the distillation process. It sure has come a long way from the Middle Ages, with the introduction of new botanicals, fruits, and spices, bringing it closer to people of all flavor varieties.
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