Belize Single Cask Selection
Age: 14 Years (12 tropical, 2 continental)
Natural Colors: Yes
Cask type: Recycled rum cask
6A TRAVELLERS: 68.1 % (cask strength) – 276 bottles
6B TRAVELLERS: 67.6 % (cask strength) – 276 bottles
Compare to the Caribbean, where already in the 17th century the fertile plantations proudly produced countless plants of sugar cane and the local estates gradually started to discover the secrets of the rum distillation, the sugar industry arrived in Belize much later. British Honduras (renamed Belize in 1973) was mostly used for supplying wood during the colonial era and any alterations in agriculture production were actively suppressed for many years. The first changes started in the middle of the 19th century with the arrival of Mexican farmers who left their land due to the class conflict in Yucatan and settled in the northern parts of British Honduras. They brought along the sugar cane which they have started to grow to produce and sell sugar. The American settlers followed them towards the end of the 19th century and the foundation for the sugar industry in Belize was set.
The story of Travellers company has its roots in the 1950s. It was 1953 when Jaime Omario Perdomo Sr. has decided to open a humble bar in Belize City. The majority of his guests have just either arrived or been leaving Belize City so he named the bar “Travellers“. In his bar he offered many varieties of imported liquors, beers as well as local rum. It was very common back in time, that the small bars were making their own rum blends from the local distilleries. Jamie Omario wasn‘t an exception. Over time his products became very popular and sought after which made him to focus on the quality even more. This was the time when he has created the formula for “ONE BARREL“ rum that eventually gained many awards.
Due to the growing competition, it was harder and harder to get the desired quality of the rum bases for the blends (in the 60s and 70s the rum was even imported from Barbados). Because of that Don Jaime Omario joined with Luis Alberto Espat and they had built a distillery in Belmopan town. In 1983, Don Omario has decided to register TRAVELLERS LIQUORS LTD. as a limited company and he appointed his children as the shareholders. In 1989, Mr. Espat decides to leave and sells the distillery to Perdomo family. This is when they gained full control over the whole company as well as the production.
The family then also focused on gradual renovation of the area and modernization of the distillery equipment. The original “Pot still“ distillation equipment was firstly joined with the continuous column still and at the beginning of the 21st century, they have replaced this equipment with continuous triple column still which was brought from the Portales city in New Mexico, USA. Nowadays, they make three marks of the rum. The first one is the neutral spirit with 95-96 % ABV, the second one is 90 % ABV mark used for aging and finally the “high ester“ mark with 85 – 88 % ABV. An interesting fact is that for the fermentation process is used a common baking yeast. The distillery produces about 150.000 liters of pure alcohol yearly and the rum for aging is stored in the distillery warehouses in Belmopan and a part also in Belize City. Blending and bottling take place directly in Belize City.
Three of Don Omario‘s children currently run the company. The daughters Amanda and Magali are running the company meanwhile the son Myito oversees the production process. Travellers also emphasize supporting the local community and about 70 % of the employees are single mothers. In 2008, they opened a small museum mapping the history of this legendary distillery.
Please accept our invitation to taste this Single Cask release that is dedicated to all rum travellers looking for variety, authenticity, and last but not least a unique quality. As it is just this quality that gained the Perdomo family the reputation of a national treasure in Belize.
NOSE: Vanilla, Coffee, Chocolate, Cinnamon, Exotic Fruits, Burnt Oak, Cane Sugar, Pineapple Juice
TASTE: Creamy, Vanilla, Chocolate, Burnt Oak, Coffee , Fruits, Cane Sugar
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