About Matusalem 18 Year Old Gran Reserva Solera Rum
In 1872, Benjamin and Eduardo Camp emigrated from Spain to Cuba and established the Matusalem Rum Distillery in Santiago de Cuba. The brothers had been distilling spirits in Spain for decades, and brought with them the knowledge and expertise they had earned from distilling, solera-aging and blending Spanish brandy. For nearly a century, the Camp Brothers prospered and their rum became synonymous with the finest spirits produced in the Caribbean. Following the Cuban Revolution in 1959, however, the Matusalem Rum Distillery went into exile. Today, the distillery operates in the Dominican Republic and continues to the use the same recipes, distilling techniques and blending principles that the Camp Brothers established over 140 years ago.
Ron Matusalem 18 Year Old Gran Reserva Rum is made from Caribbean molasses, which is harvested and distilled before being solera-aged for an average of 18 years. 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.
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Rum history allegedly started in the Carribiens in the 17th century when they started to ferment and distill molasses, a byproduct of sugar production. Most of the Rum is aged in oak or ex-wine casks, giving its color and flavor.
We distinguish between 4 different Rum categories, where white or unaged rum is mainly used in cocktails, while dark, spiced, and añejo (aged) rum are mostly enjoyed neat.
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