molasses and sugar cane juice
solera system, not specified
yes, not specified
Alcohol by volume:
yes, not specified
An admirer and a connoisseur differ in the level of competence. The former is an enthusiast, the latter additionally knows his stuff thoroughly. Oliver & Oliver claims to be the rum for connoisseurs and such a statement obliges beyond a reasonable doubt.
The official website declares majestically dedicated to the production and marketing of artisanal, high-end rums. Meanwhile, you won't find there anything about the production process. Oliver & Oliver doesn't own a distillery and doesn't mention any contractual distillery either. They reveal use of the solera system, although it raises more questions than answers. Therefore, we don't have a clue where the raw material came from and who, where and how distilled it. Anyway, every single consumer will give up further research after realizing that the manufacturer has won over 200 international awards! 😌
The Oliver & Oliver portfolio includes over 20 brands, each one has four to five variants. The brand owner mentioned in an interview that he imports alcohol from Panama, Guatemala, and Trinidad and Tobago. The native Dominican is apparently meh. This would mean that production is limited to aging and blending. The bottling would be then the icing on the cake.
The label declares the year of foundation (ESTD 1874), but does it actually mean 150 years of activity? The agrarian enterprise established at that time was engaged in the cultivation of tobacco and sugar cane. Soon after, a sugar factory and a distillery were built. However, the property was destroyed during the Second Independence War and rum production ceased in 1898. Then it took a long time, another hundred years, until the founder's grandson, Pedro Ramón López-Oliver, appeared in Cuba. He found recipes and decided to return to the former family business.
He considered the existing business environment as unfavorable in Cuba and therefore chose in turn the Dominican Republic. The reactivation took place in 1994 and the Presidente Marti brand was launched in 2013. Oliver & Oliver eagerly refers to the Cuban heritage. The owner himself is captivated by the figure of the independence movement fighter and poet, national hero - José Julián Martí y Pérez, who gave his life for the country. Presidente (Spanish for chairman) Pedro Ramón has published an anthology and a catalog of the artist's works. He passionately paints Martí's likenesses. An admirer for sure, a connoisseur - it's not for me to judge.
Many stickers on the bottle should compensate for the glaring deficiencies in brand communication, shouldn't they? The label reveals that the base of the distillate are molasses and sugar cane juice. The inscription 'el gran ron del Caribe' suggests the Caribbean origin of the components. Cuban and Dominican Maestros Roneros worked on the blend. Sugar has been added to uniform the taste and caramel for the color. The distillates matured in American and French oak barrels. Sistema solera and the number fifteen (neither thieves nor dwarfs). The above content makes the admirer not content at all.