San Miguel Black 7 Extra Añejo

raw material

Raw material:

molasses

distillation

Distillation:

four-column continuous still

aging

Aging:

7 years in American oak barrels

sugar added

Sugar added:

not specified

alcohol by volume

Alcohol by volume:

40%

additives

Additives:

not specified

Pretext

The Equator, also known as the line of Ecuador (from the Spanish word "Ecuador"), serves as the boundary that divides the Earth into the northern and southern hemispheres. In 1736, the French Geodesic Mission drew a line that visually represented this division.

The Equator (Ecuador in Spanish) divides the Earth into the northern and southern hemispheres. The French Geodesic Mission (1736) drew a line 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 stands in stark contrast to Bacon's philosophy, which shapes modern times and advocates for human dominion over nature in the pursuit of constant improvement of material well-being.


Yasuni National Park is a place of unique biodiversity; Pleistocene reserve untouched by glaciation, intact by the hand of man. Beneath the park lies one-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. For its part, the Ecuadorian government has pledged not to exploit the black gold resources. And what?


Nothing. The poor country of the South can only hypothetically appeal to the global co-responsibility. Urging for financial compensation sounds then quite abstract and hence naive. Meanwhile, the mainstream hardliners decided the matter: let the mining companies in, indebt the country to the IMF, wait for a bright future ahead.

Procedure

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 is carried out 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.

Aroma
Mango sugar icing. Rhubarb and brown sugar.
— as examined by RumExam
Taste
Dry fruity flavor with hints of vanilla and dried fruits.
— as they tell
Melon, tomato soup.
— as examined by RumExam
Afterburn
Bouquet was not officially specifed.
Melon, nutmeg.
— as examined by RumExam

Owner

Manufacturer:

Licores San Miguel S.A. / CoAzúcar

Price approx:

25

Origins

Terroir:

Ecuador

Regulations:

not specified

Classification

Style:

spanish

Gargano:

single modernist rum
⁖Reviewed on: April 8th, 2021