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Old 03-04-2010, 11:29 AM   #1
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Default A new rum distillery in Puerto Rico

A young married couple have obtained permits and rights to distill rum under the brand name of Pitorro in the west coast town of Mayaguez. There is a Blanco and a number of flavored rums. They appear to be growing their own cane.

Here is an article in the Spanish language newspaper Primera Hora that I translated with Google. It's a bit rough, but you'll get the idea.

I hope to be able to get my hands on some soon and review it.
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wow that's exciting.

I hate it when people steal my dream life...
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Old 03-04-2010, 01:25 PM   #3
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Mayaguez is on the western side of the Puerto Rico. This isn't far from where sugar cane was first brought to the island from Hispaniola, about 50 miles to the west, in 1515. The sugar industry in Puerto Rico closed in 2000 but being a member of the grass family, sugar cane continues to grow in many places in Puerto Rico.
It will be interesting to see how this progresses.
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The one thing that seems important to me is that a new Destileria has appeared. Let's look forward to their offerings.
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Is your dream to be married in Puerto Rico to a young wife and spend your days drinking rum, or working 18 hours a day to build a distillery?
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Is your dream to be married in Puerto Rico to a young wife and spend your days drinking rum, or working 18 hours a day to build a distillery?
1) Married to a young puerto rican woman...CHECK!
2) Drink rum everyday....CHECK!
3) Live in PR...eventually I hope so.
4) Work 18hour days...not my style.

But, it isn't really work if it is reaching for a dream. And this is one couple I intend to get behind to push their dream forward. Keep me updated Rum Runner, you know me, haven't seen a PR rum I haven't like yet.

Very interesting as from what I hear Pitorro/Canita is most prevalent in the Mayaquez area...think there were a lot of distilleries there back in the day.

Great article Rum Runner, Great news
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Ron James. I hear you. Please follow the link to a short WAPA TV video interview of the new destileria. In Spanish of course. I have no confirmation yet, but they may be fermenting and distilling guarapo which is a syrup from cane juice. This would be unique in Puerto Rico. I'll be making my way out there in the near future.
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Since 1995, I have seen more than a handful of distilleries in the islands close and only RL Seale has built a new distillery that didn't replace an existing distillery. A few distillers have made improvements but the trend in the islands over the last 15 years has not been favorable to the expansion of the industry.

On the other hand, in the US, there are more micro distilleries popping up every year, and most are making unaged spirits like vodka, gin and eau de vie while learning how difficult it is to make good rum.
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Perhaps this one will buck the trend you cite Ed, or perhaps not. At least they have gotten so far as to open. No small feat indeed down here on Island, or elsewhere Stateside for that matter.

The hard work is ahead for Destileria Coqui in sustaining the effort.

Some Stateside Micro Distillers may have a market interest in learning to produce Vodka, Gin and Eau de vie or even Absinthe before Rum. I understand that.

My interest remains to see how this new start up brings a new Micro Distillery on line in Puerto Rico and dares to do it with a product that is synonymous with Puerto Rico.

What's not to cheer on here?
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