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Old 02-26-2008, 05:16 PM   #1
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Found it in another forum, this may interest some..

The article is old, so how did it go, is Matusalem considered Cuban?
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Old 02-26-2008, 05:46 PM   #2
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I'm not 100% positive but I don't think it is.

I've read that Matusalem was originated in Cuba and had a distillery there until Castro came to power. Then the distillery moved to D.R.

The Matusalem up here in Canada (or BC at least) has the label reading 'product of the Domincan Republic' and 'Cuban style' rum.
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Old 02-26-2008, 06:07 PM   #3
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Matusalem is indeed made in the D.R. They are apparently using the old cuban recipes back when they were still making rum in Cuba.

You should find this interesting.
Originally Posted by Paulipbartender on Refined Vices
Also, none other than Ed Hamilton was suggesting to me when he came to Rumfest that the Cubans aren't even producing all their rum anymore, crippled as they are by the embargo. The columbian drug and tobacco smugglers are involved in dropping off rum from St Lucia which is blended by HC and the other distilleries. I know nothing other than that which the man in the hat told me....

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Old 02-26-2008, 06:26 PM   #4
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Any crippling of Cuba's rum industry has to do primarily with the regime's failed economic policies, not the embargo. The U.S. is Cuba's #4 trade parter (and #1 food supplier), and the embargo is not stopping Cuba from trading with absolutely everyone else.

/end aside...

Anyway, while Matusalem is not made in Cuba - I feel it's very close to the Cuban style while also retaining unmistakable DR characteristics.

It's actually one of my personal favorites...

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A comparison I did between Havana Club Anejo Blanco and Ron Matusalem Platino found many similarities. There are definite Cuban tendencies in the Matusalem, though - as Orlando said - some of the DR tendencies do come out (but not much IMHO).
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Old 02-26-2008, 11:04 PM   #6
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Does Matusalem perhaps have a bottling plant in the United States?

I have seen Matusalem listed (a couple times) as an American rum. I just checked my bottle, and there is no mention of it. It says its a Cuban formula and that it is made in Dominican Republic and that there is a mention on the bottle of the Tortola in B.V.I.
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Old 02-26-2008, 11:49 PM   #7
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Default Cuban Rum

Thanks for the article, I agree with The French. To claim Cuban heritage it must be produced in Cuba !!!!
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Old 02-27-2008, 10:47 AM   #8
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To claim Cuban heritage it must be produced in Cuba !!!!
I take it you don't live in South Florida, lol...
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Just checked my bottle and box. It says "After being forced to leave Cuba, the descendents of the original makers of MATUSALEM RUM now craft it in the Dominican Republic according to the family's secret formula."

I do not see any mention of Tortola B.V.I.
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Old 02-27-2008, 01:22 PM   #10
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Twenty years ago I was drinking Matusalem rum made in the Bahamas according to a Cuban recipe. In the 90s it was being produced on St Croix, then production moved to the Dominican Republic where it is bottled today. After scouring the Dominican Republic over the course of several months on various trips to that island I have never met anyone who would show me one bottle of Matusalem being distilled, blended or bottled there.

When Skyy Spirits bought the rights to Matusalem around the end of the last century, I was bombarded with marketing information about the brand's Cuban heritage but was unable to unravel much of the story that I had seen with my own eyes and tasted with own mouth. Rums produced in the DR aren't far in character and style from those produced in Cuba. Due in part to their geographic proximity there have been family and trade connections between the two islands for centuries. I would expect their rums to have similar characteristics and they do. At the end of last year Skyy Spirits gave up their rights to the brand and within a few months you won't find the name Skyy on the back label except on bottles of old stock.
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