The country which is represented more than any other in my collection is Venezuela. I fell in love with Venezuelan rums when I lived in Spain, and I stock up on them whenever I go back to Spain since the prices there are so much more reasonable than in the UK.
Right now I have bottles of Santa Teresa 1796, Selecto (the wacky old bottling) and Gran Reserva; plus from Pampero the regular Especial, the Selección 1938 and several bottles of the Aniversario; I have one lonely bottle of Diplomatico Reserva (the Reserva Exclusiva will be my next purchase); and I also have the whole line of Cacique including the limited edition Cacique Antiguo which will remain unopened until a suitable occasion.
I do remember there being a recipe for "el ritual" on the back of my bottle of Pampero Selección 1938 - and most of the times I have come across this term have been in connection with Pampero - so it is possible that Pampero (now owned by Diageo) may have had a hand in the emergence of this cocktail in Venezuela (more likely though it has long been established in Venezuela). I certainly don't think it was devised for the Italian market.
I wouldn't want to use Pampero Aniversario for this or any other cocktail though, especially given that it is over £30 a bottle in the UK. There are plenty of cheaper Venezuelan rums readily available that would be suitable and much friendlier on the pocket!
Last edited by gatomalo; 08-11-2009 at 08:15 AM.
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