About Cihuatán Nikté Aged Reserve Rum
El Salvador’s only rum distillery, Ron Cihuatán’s story dates all the way back to the ancient Mayan city of Cihuatán. According to legend, a Goddess bestowed Cihuatán with riches and fertility. Her spirit still watches over the sugarcane fields, remaining in the shape of the Guazapa Mountain. This Salvadorean rum is named after this legend ― the Nahuat word “Cihuatán” translates to “the land beside the sleeping woman”. It’s the local culture, legends, gods, and spirits, that served as the main inspiration for El Salvador’s first rum distillery.
The spirit is produced by Licorera Cihuatán, a subsidiary of Ingenio La Cabaña of El Salvador. This rum is made using a 100-year-old sugar cane mill. The Licorera Cihuatán craft distillery was established in 2004 and began distilling and aging their rums. After fermentation, the rum is mostly aged in used American oak bourbon barrels. The team has complete control over the process, starting with the sugar cane seeds, overseeing distilling, aging, blending, and bottling with Master Blender Gabriela Ayala channeling her passion into each bottle of the finished product.
With the Mayan legends serving as inspiration, each of their rums pays tribute to a different god or spirit. For this limited-edition rum, the inspiration was drawn from Kay Kikté – the Mayan festival of flowers where Mayans would offer seas of flower petals to the Goddess during an enchanted nocturnal celebration. During the making of this premium rum, Gabriela Ayala wished to honor the Queen of the Night, also known as Sac Nicté in Nauhat. A blend of rums aged in American oak ex-bourbon and new American oak barrels, this stunning rum offers flower aromas of jasmine and wild orchids – the same flowers from the ancient ceremony. Bottled at 47.5% ABV, this is a soft, delicate and flavorful premium rum.
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Rum history allegedly started in the Carribiens in the 17th century when they started to ferment and distill molasses, a byproduct of sugar production. Most of the Rum is aged in oak or ex-wine casks, giving its color and flavor.
We distinguish between 4 different Rum categories, where white or unaged rum is mainly used in cocktails, while dark, spiced, and añejo (aged) rum are mostly enjoyed neat.