Crafted from the virgin nectar of raw sugar canes, this rum is matured through a solera system.
In 1751, Severo Arango Y Ferro journeyed from Spain to the port city of Cartagena, situated in northern Colombia. Ferro had been sent to Columbia by the King, 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 Columbiana. Today, the distillery honors the legacy of its founding ancestors with Dictador Rum.
Dictador XO Insolent Solera System Rum is made from the virgin nectar of raw sugar canes. Once the nectar has been fermented, it is distilled through a stainless steel alembic still and solera-aged in casks that were previously used to mature Jerez and Port. Solera aging is a process that has generally been reserved for aging cognacs, ports and sherries. It involves filling a series of casks at different intervals over a long period of time. As rum from the oldest cask is emptied and bottled, the cask is re-filled with an equivalent amount of rum from the second-oldest cask in the solera. This cascading effect continues until the youngest cask in the solera is filled with new rum. As a result, no cask in the solera is ever fully emptied. In addition, as the younger rum cascades through the solera, its average age and complexity gradually increases over time.
As a result of this aging process, Dictador Insolent has a deep mahogany color, along with an aroma of honey, caramel, dark chocolate and wood tannins. Notes of rich brown sugar, milk chocolate and dried fruits dominate the palate, and lead to a finish accented by touches of papaya, bananas, cloves and vanilla.
Dictador Insolent earned the Silver Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2012.
Dictador XO Perpetual Solera System Rum is also crafted from virgin sugar cane juice, which is fermented and then distilled through an antique alembic copper still. Following distillation, the rum is aged solera aged through a series of casks that were previously used to mature bourbon.
As a result, Dictador Perpetual has an aroma of butterscotch, toffee, espresso beans and milk chocolate that gives way to notes of tropical fruits and citrus on the palate. The finish is long and complex, with sweet notes of caramel and vanilla mingled against spicy touches of pepper and oak. Dictador Perpetual also earned the Silver Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2012.
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80 (40% ABV) each
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Insolent: Deep mahogany color, along with an aroma of honey, caramel, dark chocolate and wood tannins. Notes of rich brown sugar, milk chocolate and dried fruits dominate the palate. Finish accented by touches of papaya, bananas, cloves and vanilla.