Finally, the second part of the famous 1988 book by Jose Chez Checo – El Ron en la Historia Dominicana – is out! The first part only documented the rum story until the year 1900, but this part 2 goes all the way from 1900 to 2010. It was difficult reading due to the spanish used in the book, but i finally got it. Here the english highlight of the book. Looking forward to your comments!
After 5 years in the Dominican Republic I lived the rum experience to the fullest. However, I always asked myself what is the rum past of this beautiful island. It was not until a while ago that i stumbled upon a book written by Jose Chez Checo of the history of rum in the Dominican Republic published in the year 1988 by Brugal & Co. He offers a beautiful view on the past starting from the indigenous drinking habits all the way to the end of the year 1900. Dominican rum as we know it is a result of the following main events.
When I started with rum first thing I did was trying all different types of rum. I really did not know how to distinguish them or how to tell from what part of the world or what type of distillation they come from. Where did it all start?. So I decided to read about the history. I think that to fully understand the rum spirit of today one needs to understand its past. So i started…and here are the core books i recommend reading. But bare in mind that every rum history book is a possible hypothesis.
The following history is from a document i received from Oliver & Oliver which was published on my previous rum blogs back in 2010. Since its history there is no need to change things. I can only add that they are successfully collecting international rum awards till this day.
The first Sugarcane mill was established in 1516 on la Hispaniola a little bit after Columbus brought the first sugarcane in 1493. In the 17th century this wooden tool became an important part of the sugar production. You can find some antique models in the Museum of Rum, the Brugal warehouse in Puerto Plata or in front of the BEICA offices in Santo Domingo. This piece of wood later became the symbol of rum production!
To properly introduce the rums in Dominican Republic I am going to start with the history of each rum brand. The following text is the official version of Brugal CxA. Enjoy!
Distilled from extracted sugarcane juice or molasses, rum is a strong part of local culture. When Columbus on his second journey to America in 1493 brought sugarcane he didn’t know it will be such a success. We are one of the biggest sugarcane & rum producers in the world.