Puerto Rico’s Don Q has one of the richest histories in rum making. Now they are capitalizing on it with one of the richest rums ever made.
Company founder Don Juan Serrallés founded and named his Puerto Rican Hacienda Mercedita sugar cane plantation named for his wife, Mercedes. In 1865 he produced his first rum using fresh sugarcane (preferable to most rum, made with cheaper processed molasses) in a copper pot still imported from France. He would later name the company for Don Quixote, the famous fictional dreamer. Don Q rum received global attention when bartender Ramon Marrero used it to create a popular brand new cocktail he called the Piña Colada.
Now the company is making headlines again as it celebrates its past with the release of the Gran Reserva de la Familia Serralés, its most elite bottle ever. Don Q is marking the 150th anniversary of its 1865 founding this year with the very limited-edition bottle, blending 20-year-old rums from its oldest warehouses, hand-selected by sixth-generation distiller Roberto Serrallés. The elixir is being compared to cognac and in keeping with the company’s birth date, only 1,865 bottles will be produced. The Gran Reserva de la Familia Serrallés is highly allocated.