four-column continuous still
7 years in American oak barrels
Alcohol by volume:
The Equator (Ecuador in Spanish) divides the Earth into the northern and southern hemispheres. The French Geodesic Mission drew a line (1736) visualizing this division. At the end of that line the Monumento a la Mitad del Mundo, the symbolic center of the world, was erected. However, readings compliant with the WGS84 standard (as used e.g. in GPS) indicate that the real equator is 240 meters further north.
The equator also divides the Earth into the countries of the global North and South. Ecuador belongs to the latter group, despite its considerable oil reserves. Moreover, Ecuador is the first country in the world to recognize Rights of Nature in its Constitution. Such ecological sensitivity is indeed far away from Bacon's philosophy (which actually underlies the modern times) ordering the man to dominate the nature. For constant improval of people's material well-being.
Yasuni National Park is a place of unique biodiversity; Pleistocene reserve untouched by glaciation, intact by the hand of man. Underneath there is a third of the country's oil fields. The Yasuni ITT Trust Fund was gathering contributions internationally to finance investments in sustainable development and renewable energy. The Ecuadorian government has pledged to abandon the exploitation of black gold resources. And what?
Nothing. The poor country of the South can only hypothetically appeal to the global co-responsibility. So the appeal for financial compensation sounds quite abstract. Meanwhile, the mainstream hardliners decided the matter: let the mining companies in, indebt the country to the IMF, wait for a bright future ahead.
We distinguish three main geographical regions in Ecuador: the Costa shore in the west, the volcanic mountains Sierra in the center and the Oriente jungle in the east.
The sugarcane from the coastal regions goes to the La Troncal sugar factory and is processed into molasses. The base ferments 36 hours. The four-column continuous distillation takes place in the Producargo S.A. Productora de Alcoholes. The distillery previously owned by Miguel Peña Valle - owner of the Ron San Miguel brand - has been recently acquired by CoAzúcar.
Now we are getting to the actual unique selling proposition, namely 'Añejamiento Natural en Altura'. The rum is transported and stored at an altitude of 2538m above sea level in American oak barrels (Kentucky). The prevailing humidity there (85-95%) and temperature variability intensify and accelerate the aging process. The Ecuadorian Black matures in the highlands for seven years.