Passion, quality and heritage. Introducing a premium, organic rum designed for the informed drinker. A rum of the utmost quality, stemming from a unique Paraguayan heritage. Its character will linger in your memory as a result of its authenticity derived from where it is distilled and the philosophy of those who distill it.
The manufacturing of spirits in Paraguay goes hand in hand with the introduction of the sugar cane to the region at the time of the Spanish Colonisation. The Paraguayan "Cana Blanca" is native to the country and is obtained by the distillation of fermented sugar cane juice and syrup at specific temperatures using traditional stills. The spirit is then diluted with some of the purest mineral water on the planet, and put in large vats of : “incienso maron“ wood. This wood, unique to Paraguay, imparts both a special flavour and colour to the rum. After a few years, the rum is transferred to French oak barrels for long-term aging. The result is a smooth amber-coloured rum with a balanced aroma of honey, digested wood, coffee, caramel, and hints of vanilla followed by an underlying smoky oak finish.
In the fertile soil of Paraguay grows the best organic sugar cane in the world. Patiently hand cut, the harvested sugar cane is then loaded on carts pulled by oxen and transported to mills where it is crushed to obtain the must and syrup. This is done in pans in an open pit to retain the nuances that ensure the body, bouquet and flavour of the product. The slow distillation of the syrup in still columns finally produces the famous "Cana Paraguaya". The purest mineral water from the Guarani aquifer is then added, and the aging process allows the formation of noble and fine alcohols by maturing, first in large barrels of “incienso maron” and then French oak. This patient process amongst timber is what helps assimilate the product's body and aroma, and gives it that unique taste.
Our super premium rum aged to perfection; defined by its smooth amber colour.
Don José Gaspar Rodríguez de Francia was a Paraguayan lawyer and politician influenced by the ideas of Enlightenment of Voltaire and Rousseau, and later, the French Revolution. Francia advocated for the full independence of Paraguay from the United Provinces of the Río de la Plata and the Empire of Brazil. His independent spirit is still venerated in Paraguay to this day, and it is for this reason we dedicate our Rum to him, named after his popular sobriquet "El Supremo".
Our journey first starts over 300 years ago: a time when the Spanish conquered South America and Jesuit missions introduced Christianity to the region. The Jesuits were organised and hardworking, and yielded many crops which soon flourished amongst the fertile land. One of the crops that thrived was sugar-cane, which led to the traditional distillation process of creating aguardiente, and subsequently a unique method of making rum. This furtive industry remained confined within Paraguay for hundreds of years until one day, whilst walking through a remote part of the country, we chanced upon a distillery creating rum using these antique methods. We immediately dove in with exuberance, and began to create a product deriving from a contemporary vision blended with traditional values.
From this has stemmed El Supremo, the first completely organic rum from Paraguay, double aged in Incienso timber and Oak barrels.