Puerto Rico’s Distileria Serralles just announced the launch of Caliche Rum. The new white rum is a collaborative product from sixth-generation rum maker Roberto Serrallés and hospitality/nightlife impresario, Rande Gerber.
Caliche is billed as a “super premium” rum, a designation more often associated with vodkas and tequilas. The name “Caliche” comes from a type of limestone that’s present around the distillery in Ponce, Puerto Rico.
In creating Caliche Rum, the distillery uses a multiple-distillation system and carbon-active filtration to produce a clean, pure rum. Next up, aging in American white oak casks and blending. Caliche Rum contains a portion of Solera rum (Solera is a process of aging by fractional blending, in which the finished product is a mixture of ages, with the average age gradually increasing as the process continues over many years). This gives more depth and nuanced flavors to rum. Speaking of flavor, take a sip to taste caramel and vanilla with light tannins and oak accents. It’s smooth and velvety and has more body than Don Q white rum, also produced by Distileria Serralles. It makes a fine Cuba Libre.
About the launch of Caliche, Rande Gerber said he “saw an untapped market in the super-premium white rum space due to limited options for rum drinkers. After meeting Roberto and learning more about his family rum-making tradition, we knew we could make the highest quality rum at an accessible price point.”
For now, Caliche Rum is available in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago and Dallas
– 40% Alcohol by Volume