Colombian rum producer Dictador has announced partnerships with Cognac, whisky, Champagne, armagnac, Bordeaux and sauternes houses worldwide for a rum project called 2 Masters.
Dictador Rum Master Blender Hernan Parra selected top producers from these industries to work with. They agreed to finish a portion of Dictador’s decades-old Colombian rum (minimum: 40 years). In all cases, the master distiller, cellar master, or master oenologist at each respective affiliate house had total control over the finishing process, which is expected to take between three months to three years, depending upon environment and artistic discretion.
- Hardy Cognac: Mickaël Bouilly, Cellar Master
- Glenfarclas Distillery: Callum Fraser, Master Distiller and Distillery Manager
- Champagne Leclerc Briant: Hervé Jestin, Master Oenologist
- Château d’Arche Sauternes: Jérôme Cosson, Cellar Master
- Vignobles Despagne: Thibault Despagne, Master Winemaker and Visionary
- Laballe Armagnac: Cyril Laudet, Cellar Master
This is the first time in Dictador’s century-plus history that an entity outside the brand will have influence over their rum. Parra and the Dictador team are in close contact with the partners to chronicle each journey on film.
Masters from bourbon, tequila, mezcal, sake, port and baijiu brands are expected to be a part of the 2 Masters initiative in the near future.
The first collaboration of 2 Masters will debut in the second quarter of 2018, the company believes. Each release date will vary according to the creative intent, aging, and resting process.
To keep updated on the story of each rum, visit the Dictador website.