As the key rum season lifts off and national rum day approaches, Love Drinks has further augmented its eclectic liquid portfolio after taking on the exclusive distribution of the iconic Matusalem rum brand.
Love Drinks will initially be focusing on the Matusalem Gran Reserva 15, the Gran Reserva 23 and the Insólito – the world’s first rose rum to be aged in ex tempranillo casks.
Samantha Burke, Managing Director of Love Drinks, commented: “Ron Matusalem have been true pioneers of rum for the last 150 years so it’s a massive privilege to be taking on the distribution of such an iconic name and becoming a small part of its vaunted history. With interest in rum booming, the summer heating up and rum day on the horizon, we’re excited to take the brand’s history, heritage and superlative solera aged sippers to new places and palates.”
The Ron Matusalem story began over a 150 years ago in 1872. Born in Cuba but now produced in the Dominican Republic, the iconic rum brand was one of the most wanted rums during Cuba’s Golden Age. Set up by Benjamín and Eduardo Camp, along with their partner, Evaristo Álvarez, the company is still owned by the 5th generation of the Alvarez family.
Ron Matusalem’s great contribution to the rum category has been to pioneer the use of the solera system, the antique technique used to make Spanish brandy and sherry wines, in rum aging. The toasting of the barrels and careful rum blending is all controlled by the Master Blender, with the founding family´s heritage and tradition.
The microclimate in Dominican Republic and Santiago de Cuba, where the brand first set up business, are quite similar. A key reason why it was chosen to establish the new Ron Matusalem production facility in 2015.
The initial trio available through Love Drinks in 70cl bottles includes:
RON MATUSALEM GRAN RESERVA 15 – 40% abv
The Gran Reserva 15 is Matusalem´s icon, the original, adored for its woody, dry and buttery flavor notes. Its complexity and smoothness are perfect to be enjoyed neat, and it is also ideal for new combinations. It has a low sugar content in rum, only 5.7 grams per litre. Matusalem Gran Reserva 15 is the iconic multi-award winning high premium dark rum.
RON MATUSALEM GRAN RESERVA 23 – 40% abv
Gran Reserva 23 is Matusalem’s highest expression of Solera aged rum. It is adored for its delightful smoothness, well balanced with traces of honey, vanilla and molasses with a spiced and lasting finish. Matusalem Gran Reserva 23, super premium aged rum for sophisticated palates.
RON MATUSALEM INSÓLITO, The World’s First Rosé Aged Rum – 40% abv
Ron Matusalem becomes a pioneer in the rum segment by presenting in 2021 the first rose rum, aged in ex-Tempranillo barrels. Matusalem INSOLITO Wine Cask: a buttery finish with hints of toasted bread and red fruits in harmony with wine tannins’ remnants. it has a pretty pink hue and offers vanilla and light spice on the nose with a tropical fruit-forward palate filled with sweet pineapple and cinnamon.
About Love Drinks
Love Drinks is an independent import, distribution and marketing company for premium quality spirits, liqueurs and craft beers. Their portfolio represents quality, craft-distilled and family-owned brands that have a rich provenance, heritage and history.
Founded by Kirsty Loveday BEM in 2007, Love Drinks represent Abelha Organic Cachaça, The Bitter Truth Cocktail Range of Bitters and Liqueurs, Conker Distillery, Einstök Icelandic Craft Beers, Goslings Bermuda Rums, Hernö Gins, The Ikigai Collection from BBC Spirits, Pedrino Spritz, White Heron Drinks and the Recuerdo and ZIGNUM® Mezcal Brands.
Love Drinks holds the silver accreditation for Investors in People and pioneered Love Well – an initiative to help the health and wellbeing of people working in the hospitality industry. The company was named Drinks Business Drinks Distributor of the Year in 2019.
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