In the mid-nineteenth century, a Spanish steamer used to sail across the Atlantic Ocean. Her name was ” El Mallorquín” and was under the command of Don Juan Suau y Bennaser. In addition to his duties as commander of ” El Mallorquín” ” Juan Suau was a restless businessman who set up an aniseed and other typical Caribbean products business in Cuba.
Distilling rum was also part of the business, and to this end he exported to Cuba half a dozen copper stills, which were in common use in the XIX century. When Captain Suau began his enterprise, the previously vast Spanish Empire had been reduced to just two territories, Puerto Rico and Cuba… both in the Caribbean.
This did not stop him from extending his voyages to Veracruz, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Santo Domingo and Haiti, in addition to his voyages in the Mediterranean and around Atlantic Europe. In one of his port calls in Mallorca, he fell in love with the daughter of a Spaniard who had been involved in the liquor business in Spain and America for generations.
The girl´s parents did not put barriers to this budding love affair, but before granting her hand and letting the Captain take her to the altar, he had to do two things: give up sailing and his overseas business ventures, as they did not want their only child living so far away. The bride´s demands and the willingness of Suau to accept them are, both from an historical and a human perspective, easy to understand. In the old Cuba, back in the 1830s, some voices were already calling for Independence, first with courteous appeals to the Crown and later with gunpowder and bullets.
Bodegas Suau is paying homage to its legacy by bringing back one of the
company’s most historic brands. “Jungle” rum, which can be traced back to the family’s roots in 1851, begins in the Caribbean and ends in Majorca.
With light body and elegant bouquet, it is the result of optimum fermentation and distillation of the musts in columns, as well as the double ageing; 10 years in American oak barrels in the Dominican Republic and a second ageing during 1 year in Brandy Suau 15Y barrels.
The fermentation process takes place from an initial selection of superior grade molasses obtained from sugar cane from the Dominican Republic.
The use of Suau brandy barrels, in which the brandy is previously aged to an alcoholic strength of 37.5%, has contributed to the fact that over time the barrels have maintained
highly aromatic and floral essences with hints of vanilla and very aged wood.
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