Based in Cartagena (Colombia), Dictador is a long-established rum producer that started in 1913 as Destilería Colombiana. It was founded by a descendant of Severo Arango y Ferro -- nicknamed 'El Dictador' -- a Spanish official who took to liking rums when he visited the coastal town of Cartagena during the 1700s.
What sets Dictador's rums apart is the use of fermented sugar cane honey (sugar cane juice that has been partially evaporated) as a base ingredient, as opposed to the more commonly used molasses (which is a by-product of refining sugarcane or sugar beets into sugar). Also, Dictador’s rums have no added sugar, which means that the sweetness of the rums are purely from the rum-making process.
4 Dictador rums (bottled at 40% ABV, 700ml) will be made available in Malaysia:
The Colombian Ortodoxy Gin was originally produced for the personal consumption of the former president of Dictado, Dario Parra, who loves gin. Dario used berries, botanicals, peels, roots and spices to give the gin its taste profile.
The Colombian Treasure Gin, on the other hand, features the flavours of the Colombian fruit limon mandarino (tangerine-lemon), which blends the sweet taste of the tangerine and the acidity of lemon. It is also has a mix of berries, botanicals, spices and citrus peels.
Get to know more about the Dictador via Diego Quintero Jaramillo, the representative for Asia-Pac, who gave a run-down of the four rums in a virtual tasting session before an Australian audience:
Single Malt Sdn Bhd is the sole importer and distributor of the Dictador rum and gin range. It is available for purchase at their online store www.singleandavailable.com.my, their physical retail store at BSC and at all reputable liquor retailers in Malaysia.