Located on the Caribbean coast of northwest Colombia, Cartagena is a seaport that loves both rum and gin.
In 1751 Severo Arango y Ferro came to Cartagena to strengthen Spain's trade relations with the Latin American colonies. His growing style and power earned him the title of Dictador. After tasting the sweet and rich rum, he decided to become an important trade and producer of RUM.
In 1913, more than 180 years after Ferro came to Cartagena, one of his descendants, Don Juilo Arangoy Parra, studied deeply the legendary life of his ancestor and the production of Rum wine. Under the name of Dictador, his ancestor is committed to becoming the best Rum winery in the Caribbean region. Having experienced several generations, the investors helped Dictador expand its operations in 2009, launching a variety of rich rum wines to be marketed around the world.
Dario Parra, former managing director of Dictador, decided to create his own gin recipe after falling in love with it while traveling to the UK. Like Rum under its brand, it is fermented with sugar cane and moulasses to 96% after four times of distillation process. Limon Mandarino (Tangerine-lemon), a unique cultivar of Columbia, is used as the material to give a balance between citrus sweetness and citric acid. Add berries, herbs, spices, and citrus peels to blend.
After blending, the wine is aged for 35 weeks in the oak barrel of rum, with light amber color, and the bottling concentration is 43%. Barrel aging slightly reduces the citrus freshness but retains the peppermint and pepper flavors and adds the vanilla sweetness of the barrel.
1751年，Severo Arango y Ferro為了加強西班牙與拉丁美洲殖民地貿易往來關係，來到Cartagena，日益強盛的作風與權力讓他有了獨裁者（Dictador）的稱號。品嚐到當地甜潤濃郁的rum酒後，他便決定成為Rum重要的貿易與生產商。