Don Q Names New Female Master Blender

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Liza Cordero and Silvia Santiago, master blenders for Don Q Rum | Photo Credit Don Q Rum

Destilería Serrallés Inc., producer of Puerto Rico’s Don Q rum, has promoted Liza Cordero to the role of Master Blender.

Cordero will work directly with Silvia Santiago, the first female Master Blender in Puerto Rico, who has been with Destilería Serrallés for more than 45 years and also holds the title of Sr. VP of Manufacturing and Maestra Ronera. 

“I’m pleased to see Liza take on this new role,” says Santiago. “The face of the spirits industry has evolved since I started working at the distillery, and I am honored to work with Liza and thrilled to see another female take the reins.”  

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In her new post, Cordero becomes responsible for developing new products and expressions, fostering innovation and creativity, and ensuring consistency in quality and flavor profile throughout the Don Q Rum portfolio. She will work with the manufacturing team to provide support during each of the stages of rum manufacturing, as well as throughout the aging process and more.

Cordero’s work on the fermentation and distillation processes spans nearly two decades at Destilería Serrallés. 

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“I am so proud to work for a company and produce a rum that is invested in our island, the environment and our future,” says Cordero. “I am most excited to work with our talented team at Destilería Serrallés and continue innovating and finding new blends to share with all rum enthusiasts, from the novices to the connoisseurs.” 

Born in San Juan, Cordero started her career in chemical engineering. It was when she applied her penchant for science to the spirts industry that Cordero found work in rum at Destilería Serrallés.

“Women are redefining the category with their innovative vision for managing, blending and creating products that will continue to capture the hearts and minds of rum enthusiasts,” says Destilería Serrallés President and CEO, Philippe Brechot. “I’m proud that Don Q Rum has been a forward-thinking company, ahead of the times, and that we’ve had well-deserving women, such as Silvia and Liza, at the helm of our production team for decades.” 

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