Everyone loves something new, especially one that gives off a lot of vibes when it first arrives on our shores. Recently, a Columbian rum did just that in the form of La Hechicera. But why the fan-fare? Well lets take a look –
Pronounced ‘etch-ee-seh-rah’ and meaning ‘enchantress’ in Spanish, the rum comes straight from the Colombian Caribbean. A blend of matured rums, aged between 12 and 21 years in American white oak casks. A great surface tale, but an even greater adventure once you dive right in.
The raw sugar cane distillates are cherry-picked from the sugar cane havens in South America and the Caribbean, then blossom in the tropical microclimate of Barranquilla, Colombia. Their Maestros Roneros (master rum-maker), Giraldo Mituoka, actually started his career harvesting sugar cane during the Cuban Revolution. An apparent set of random and unpredicted occurrences delivered Mituoka to the shores of Colombia where he has been perfecting his craft, skills and rum tradition to help create La Hechicera.
The family behind La Hechicera are named the Riascos. They’ve been creating rums in Colombia for over two decades and travel around the Caribbean sourcing the raw spirits, finding the casks and of course attracting Giraldo Mintuoka.
La Hachicera is a naturally ‘unpolished’ rum meaning it retains the genuine qualities of the noble wood it breathes. There are no additives or sugar, with its smoothness having been mellowing for decades.
So how does this ‘unpolished’ rum fare? Well below I give to you my tasting notes –
A rich yet smooth aroma of wood and a hint of chocolate on the nose, leading to a smooth start on the palate. Develops into a mellow, then spicy offering with cinnamon and the chocolate lingering for a while.
A fantastic sipping rum, but one that has all the versatility of being involved in a cocktail –
Coriander, Basil and Ginger Daiquiri
50 ml La Hechicera
20 ml lime juice
20 ml sugar syrup
Handful of basil
Muddled fresh ginger
Shake all ingredients over ice, double strain into a chilled Martini glass.
A great addition to any collection at home, or indeed a night out. I’d recommend having neat first to really truly savour this rum, before playing around with other ingredients and creating something great!
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