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Old 02-27-2008, 07:12 PM   #11
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Edward, somewhere in between there, (late or towards the end of the 90s), there was a period Matusalem was supposedly (produced) and/or bottled in Florida, Lake Alfred I believe was the location. That (time frame) and particular batches of bottles was their best spirit outside Cuba, as far as I'm concerned.

Here's a an article you might find somewhat interesting, though dated:

http://www.sptimes.com/2005/03/14/ne...over_rum.shtml
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Old 02-27-2008, 10:27 PM   #12
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Thats a great story. I think that is part of the romance of this noble spirit, is the lineage of rums, and where they came from.

Even if one day, I get to produce rums in some form, Ill never have a story like Alvarez's Matusalem.
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Old 02-28-2008, 12:21 PM   #13
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There are some interesting quotes to pluck from that article (assuming it's factual):

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The company produces three rums: its "original" Gran Reserva, a 15-year-old dark rum; Clasico, a 10-year-old golden rum; and Platino, a white rum that is aged 10 years but has the color taken out.
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Alvarez relaunched the Matusalem name. He terminated the company's bottling contracts and moved operations to the Dominican Republic. Using contacts from his students days in Santiago he made a leasing contract with the local distillery, Ron Bermudez, the country's best-selling brand.
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I was shocked by their statement about both their clasico and platino being 10 year old rums. Im not surprised though, as their rums lack a certain complexity that tells me they are blends of probably very few rums, if one. The GRan Reserva, though, much complexity. Its good to know its a 15 year rum, new knowledge to obtain.
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Old 03-20-2008, 02:52 AM   #15
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I'm a little late getting on this bus, but here's what I know: other than the Matusalem Grande Reserva 15 yr being nothing short of dy-no-mite (sorry JJ Walker) it is tough to find out where in the DR it is distilled. I have the fortunate oppotunity to currently work with a guy from Santiago, DR (a caribbean pipeline for some of my rum), but he has checked with his brothers who still live in Santiago and they have never heard of Matusalem being distilled there.

I know up here in Vancouver there is a tag hanging off the bottle of lower end amber Matusalem that says " the spirit of Cuba" and " Distilled in Santiago, DR."

So who knows? All I know is that the 15 yr (available locally here in Vancouver) is now on the top of my list, though I have yet to crack my new bottle of Havana Club Barrel Proof.

BTW: After several years of intense marketing, Brugal is the most popular rum in the DR.

That's all I gotta say about that.

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Old 03-20-2008, 03:35 PM   #16
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it is tough to find out where in the DR it is distilled. I have the fortunate oppotunity to currently work with a guy from Santiago, DR (a caribbean pipeline for some of my rum), but he has checked with his brothers who still live in Santiago and they have never heard of Matusalem being distilled there.
Given the circumstances, I wouldn't expect anything less than the source to be a mystery.

Lets put it like this. It probably wouldn't help the whole Cuban family tradition story if it were common knowledge that the originator of that lore, and the specified family are not actually producing anything.
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Old 03-21-2008, 10:50 PM   #17
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I ve heard that Rhum Santiago is located in the old Matusalem destilleries. I never got it confirmed by a written source.
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Old 05-18-2008, 08:06 PM   #18
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My bottle of Santiago de Cuba says:

"Produced and bottled in Santiago, Cuba, for Cuba Rum Corp, S.A."

That's all she wrote. Well, it does have more stuff on it including a very official looking green "Republic of Cuba" stamp and some stuff about the magical combination of "body of the sugar cane, expressed in sweetness and spirit," yada, yada, yada.
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Old 05-19-2008, 07:48 PM   #19
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Strictly from memory off the top of my head, I think Caney, Santiago and Matusalem were all from the same production facility in Cuba.

Quite a few have suggested that one iteration of Caney is a continued old Matusalem blend.
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One reliable source told me that Matusalem is Bottled by Bermudez Distillery In Santiago, D.R:

Itґs not a surprise for me that even people who live in Santiago doesnt even hear a word about it, because is not marketed here, the same with Cubaney, Opthimus, Vizcaya, Atlantico,

I know this rums because I know a lot of people who works in the Wine & Spirits industry, I used to be a brand manager for a company of wine & Spirits.
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