Colombia’s Dictador releases luxury port-finished rum

Colombian rum distiller Dictador has released Dictador 2 Masters Niepoort, a new ultra-premium expression finished in port barrels by renowned Portuguese winery, Niepoort.

The Niepoort expression is the latest in Dictador’s 2 Masters collection, whereby Dictador master blender Hernan Parra entrusts a portion of his oldest spirits to prestigious wine
and spirit producers to ‘finish’ as they wish.

Dictador 2 Masters Niepoort combines four Dictador vintage rums – 1971, 1974, 1978, and 1980 – with the maturation expertise of fifth generation winemaker, Dirk van der Niepoort.

Dictador 2 Masters Niepoort
Dictador 2 Masters Niepoort

The Dictador rum has been aged for 12-16 months in 550-litre ‘pipa’ barrels, yielding 620
bottles-worth of 48 per cent ABV ultra-premium rum.

“Today, all Port is shipped in bottles, but in the olden times they sailed the world in ‘pipas’ or pipes,” van der Niepoort says.

“Wealthy individuals would order a ‘pipe of Port’ from their wine merchant, either for their own consumption or to lay down as a gift for a young relative.”

The limited edition rum was launched in Porto on June 16 by winemaker Dirk van der Niepoort and Dictador’s master blender Hernan Parra, who travelled from Columbia to Portugal to celebrate the launch.

Dictador has previously collaborated on the 2 Masters series with Royal Tokaji, Hardy Cognac, Glenfarclas Distillery, Champagne Leclerc Briant, Château d’Arche Sauternes, Vignobles Despagne, Laballe Armagnac and Barton 1792.

Dictador 2 Masters Niepoort has a European RRP of €960. Twelve bottles are expected to make it to Australia, where Dictador is distributed by SouthTrade International.

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Author: James Atkinson

Journalist specialising in the food, drink, travel and hospitality arenas. Australian International Beer Awards 2017 Media Award Winner and Certified Cicerone®.

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