Don Q rum brings two aged expressions to UK


Don Q rums

Two aged expressions of Don Q rum have been released in the UK through Spirit Cartel, created to mark the Puerto Rican brand’s 150th anniversary.

The 2005 Signature Release Single Barrel is the first single-barrel expression to be released by Don Q and is part of a limited-edition series, with only 6,000 bottles produced. It was aged for 10 years before being bottled in 2015 at 40% ABV. It offers rich and buttery notes to warm the palate.

The Reserva de la Familia Serrallés, also at 40% ABV, was launched last year but is only now available in the UK. The blend of 20-year-old rums from Don Q’s oldest barrels was selected by sixth-generation distiller Roberto Serrallés.

It is smooth with the elegance and complexity of a fine cognac, exuding aromas of vanilla, oak, a touch of burnt wood and a hint of molasses. In keeping with the company’s birthdate, only 1,865 bottles of the Reserva have been produced and are available at the recommended retail price of £1,865.

Roberto said: “It has been an exciting time for us with the launch of these two exceptional rums. The UK is a very important market for us and we’re looking forward to growing our brand in this country with the help of the Spirit Cartel family, who are known for their portfolio of ‘best in class’ brands.”

Charles Marshall, Spirit Cartel consiglieri, adds: “We punch above our weight in premium brand building and we partner with brands that offer distinction and that je ne sais quoi. The Don Q family has been crafting rum with pride for over 150 years and are on a constant quest for quality and perfection, which they’ve certainly achieved with both these blends.”

Another new addition to the Don Q portfolio in the UK includes Don Q 151°, a blend of heavy and light rums aged up to three years. Weighing in at 75.5% ABV, this rum adds tremendous depth and flavour to any cocktail.

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