Flor de Caña Gran Reserva

$ — 40% ABV — 7 years

Translated as 'flower of sugarcane,' Nicaragua's Flor de Caña is distilled a total of five times. It like most Spanish-style rums is left with only a light and floral sweetness from the molasses used to make it, which many argue is more than enough. The rich flavor plays as a base note for the vanilla-sugar of the barrel.

Made by Grupo Pellas, the plantation's history shows quite silently how farmers had to switch over to spirit-making in order to make ends meet once sugar beets became refinable. Their first still was built in 1890, but 50 years later the plantation became serious about distillation. They had to.

The bottle claims Flor de Caña is 'slow aged,' which given Nicaragua's near-consistent 90 degree weather and small American oak barrels, they're obviously referring to the fact that no accelerants are used. Whyever would they need them? The heat and humidity of Pacific Nicaragua is enough!

Grupo Pellas is located in Chichigalpa, Nicaragua in Central America. Established in 1937 by Francisco Alfredo Pellas, it is now the head of a conglomerate.