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A Resounding Rum

The Dictador 2 Masters Royal Tokaji which bursts with the flavors of honey and tropical fruit. Photo ©Courtesy Dictador. Handout via The Gourmet Gazette

This is about a visionary, luxury rum. A vision of Hernan Parra, the master blender at the house of Dictador, the luxury Colombian house of rum. The house has recently launched its Dictador 2 Masters Royal Tokaji. The two masters being the house of Dictador and Royal Tokaji, producer of the sublime Hungarian wine, Tokay. The intriguing idea — the brainchild of Hernan Parra —behind the 2 Masters Collection is to send a portion of Dictador’s vintage rums (ranging in age from 37 to 45 years) to a select group of producers of fine wines and spirits around the world. Their mission is to finish off the rum, aging it in their manner.

The Dictador 2 Masters Royal Tokaji. Photo ©Courtesy Dictador. Handout via The Gourmet Gazette

So for this eighth and latest edition of the 2 Masters, Mr. Parra sent 10 barrels of his 1977 vintage to spend seven months in the 13th century cellars of Royal Tokaji in 14-year-old Zemplén oak casks. These casks had previously been used to age the Hungarian house’s celebrated Royal Tokaji Aszú 6 puttonyos 2016 and prior to that six Aszú vintages over a period of 12 years. Puttonyos is the measure of the Tokaji wine’s residual sugar. Under the watchful eye of cellar master Zoltán Kovács, the rum developed intense aromas of honey and tropical fruits impregnated with the legendary noble rot that make the Tokay wines celebrated throughout the world. Only 475 bottles were produced turning this rum clearly into a collector’s item.

The Dictador 2 Masters Royal Tokaji with its certificate of authenticity. Photo ©Courtesy Dictador. Handout via The Gourmet Gazette

Dictador has been elaborating its exceptional rums in Cartagena in Colombia for over 40 years. Hernan Parra is the third generation of the family to meticulously distill fine rums in the region which is the leading region for sugar cane production in South America. The house possesses the largest stock in the world of old rums. The Royal Tokaji Wine Company is a Hungarian wine producer founded in 1990 in one of the world’s most mythical wine producing regions.
©The Gourmet Gazette

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