The aging of liqueurs is an accident. It is the result of the maritime transport of liquors (gin, rum, whisky, wines, etc.)
Formerly the means in which these liquors were transported (like other elements such as tobacco, spices, or appliances) was in casks of American oak (more resistant and less porous), French oak (more porous and more predisposed to chipping) and chestnut (less common).
There were different types of barrels being the most common for the transport of this type of goods the “hogshead” (casks of 250L), barrels (approx. 118L) and being the smallest and for the use of the sailors themselves what in English is called “keg“.
Taking the rum as a reference, once the product distilled from sugar cane is obtained its color is transparent (what today we call white rum), after the crossing by boat, the sailors discovered that the color of that rum changed and took the shades that transmitted the “breathing” through the wood of the barrel. Today we know that it even changes its chemical composition during this process, which is currently replicated in the cellars…
…and there looking for the origin of the authentic seaworthy liquor, is where we have discovered that an element in the equation was missing… the barrel does not completely isolate the liquid of the environment, is a filter through which passes through the air so that everything around the barrel was in one way or another reflected in the liquor to capture the aroma after months “breathing” the same component.
The secret component
The method of transporting the barrels was rolling (pushing the barrels by rolling to transport them from one place to another). But do we really believe that the sailors who had to transport the precious contents could risk that a stone or a bump in the displacement could crack the barrel and lose at least part of the precious content?
The answer of course is no; it was common to tie ropes around the barrels to cushion the rolling and avoid risks of cracking and breakage.
And here comes our secret component to make the real sea liqueurs… what was the material with which these ropes were made, as surprising as it may be for some the answer is… hemp (or what is the same, cannabis)
In order to obtain the rum in its pure marine essence, we have infused to these liquors the component that was missing in the equation that intense aroma to hemp that embraced during months the casks and that was transmitted to the precious liquid giving it an unparalleled character.
If when you drink our rum you think that we are innovating, think that our main innovation is to rediscover the past.