Macardo Señor Rum: The Swiss Nobleman From Strohwilen 23. November 2017
When traditional Thurgau craft distilling meets innovative passion, something unique is created: With its exquisite Señor Rum, Strohwilen-based fine distillery Macardo creates a unique taste sensation – with a great deal of dedication, expertise, passion, time, and patience, and using premium ingredients.
Time should be of no essence when it comes to creating something great. That’s why no one was counting the hours the team at Macardo was investing in its creation of the first, and to date only Swiss rum: “We tested countless sugar molasses and yeast cultures, played around with the distillation parameters, casks, and blendings, invested a lot of time and energy until we could confidently say: We’ve done it! We’ve turned our idea into a reality!” says Master Distiller Bartholomäus Fink. The sparkle in his eyes reflects the joy he felt when he took his first sniff of the first ever Macardo Señor Rum, with its exotic, sugar cane aroma, had his first taste of its delicate sweetness, and the sensuous blend of coffee, chocolate, cinnamon, nutmeg, and malt, with a hint of vanilla, coconut, and wood, hit his palate.
PREMIUM QUALITY RAW MATERIALS
Reproducing this impressive premium quality blend for the market is something of a Herculean task. A myriad of factors, down to the wall thickness of the casks, influence everything and need to be coordinated to ensure the quality of the purely natural product is at a consistently high level.
“Excellent raw materials are a must. In the case of our Señor Rum, finest sugar molasses from India and Nicaragua,” says owner Andreas Bössow. “In addition to sugar, these also contain organic acids and salts, which lend each molasses its characteristic flavor and aroma. The Indian sugar molasses is floral, flowery, and fresh. This feminine side of Señor Rum acts as a contrast to its Nicaraguan macho side: earthy, leathery, powerful.”
DISTILLING RUM IS AN ART
Bartholomäus Fink’s work, or rather his art, begins with the raw materials. He dilutes the pure molasses with the purest spring water, injects them with select pure yeast cultures, and meticulously monitors the fermentation process, which takes several weeks. Once the fermentation reaches exactly the right point, he “heats” the mash.
With dedication, accuracy, and flair from his some two decades of professional experience, he follows the distillation process, during which the alcohol and aromatic esters, which lend the rum its flavor and aroma, rise four levels from the approximately 150-liter-capacity still before they are cooled and fall – heavy with aroma and crystal clear – into American-oak casks.
THE RUM NEEDS TO AGE
The delicate Indian molasses and the macho Nicaraguan molasses then lie dormant in these casks for several months, where they age as the result of the oxidation process, during which oxygen penetrates the cask walls, and where they absorb fragrances and aromas, as well as color from the wood. Initially sharp flavors become mellow, subtle aromas smooth, odors crystal clear.
Bartholomäus keeps a vigilant eye on the dormant mixture. He regularly checks the odor, flavor, aromas, color, and alcohol content – with nose, tongue, palate, eyes, and hydrometer – until he is sure that both rums are perfect. He then follows a top secret recipe to mix the delicate and the macho in used whisky barrels, and then leaves them several more months until they have formed a uniquely balanced blend.
The fruit of this passionate union is Macardo’s Señor Rum: A uniquely fine tipple, lively, not too sweet, aromatic, and elegant. Made with Swiss precision, the finest ingredients, tremendous dedication, and a great deal of passion. Connoisseurs will love it – and will no longer wonder why the surface of the coppery delicacy sometimes has a fine blood-red sheen to it.
MACARDO SEÑOR RUM: OUTSTANDING QUALITY, FROM THE RAW MATERIAL TO THE CASK
- Made from premium quality pure molasses from India and Nicaragua
- Several weeks’ careful fermentation with select pure yeast cultures
- Careful distillation in small batches over an open wood fire
- Aging in specially selected American-oak casks with strong wall thicknesses
- Sophisticated blending following a top secret recipe
- Guaranteed consistently excellent quality, retaining its flavor across the vintages
- 100% pure natural product, guaranteed no added sugar (caramel), caramel syrup, colorings, or flavorings
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