continuous column still
about 4 years in ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks
Alcohol by volume:
21st-century socialism à la Chavez redistributed the oil industry profits into social programs, but has ended with his personal failure in fight against cancer. A while later came economic crisis related to petrol price collapse. In addition (or because of this), the American administration imposed economic sanctions. Money printing led to hyperinflation. As a result - Venezuela with it's largest oil reserves of any country in the world - is currently starving. The military controls the food distribution. The government issues the decree that public and even private sector employees are posted to work on fields.
What most attracts attention on the bottle is a seal with the brand's logo (imitating wax styling). It's the outline of a tamed horse (caballito frenao) and a brave gaucho from the Argentinian plains on his back ...where blows a cold polar air called pampero. Los Llanos is a Venezuelan pampa and thus the brand's name 'Pampero'. In 1963 the Ocumare del Tuy Distillery was celebrating its 25th anniversary. On this occasion the producer introduced the jubilee rum named 'Anniversario'. Less than three decades later, there was no 50th jubilee rum but instead the takeover of Industrias Pampero by United Distillers (now the giant Diageo plc).
Venezuela is a beautiful country and the raw material for rums comes from local molasses. The distillation runs in the columns (continuous column still). Venezuelan law requires at least two years of aging so that the final product can be called rum at all. Pampero matures in ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks for a little longer, for about four years. The producer adds caramel (E150a) to get the desired color. There are 12 grams of sugar per liter.