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Posts Tagged ‘El Salvador’

Review: Cihuatan Obsidiana (Exclusive Traveler’s Edition)

Posted by Arctic Wolf on January 29, 2021

Cihuatan Rum is produced by El Salvador’s first ever rum distillery, Licorera Cihuatán, and is apparently inspired by El Salvador’s Mayan Heritage.  After a little research I was able to discover that the RON DE EL SALVADOR CIHUATÁN trademark was filed for on September 16, 2014 and this trademark was granted in August 30 2016 (see here and here). This type of Trademark is normally applied for when a company wishes to export products outside their home market which would indicate that the company which owns and produces Cihuatan Rum began to export the rum out of El Salvador in 2016. Presumably the distillery has been operating for a longer time than this, and according to Drink Hacker (see here), Cihuatan was established in 2004.

The Nightcap Daiquiri

Cihuatan Obsidiana is produced for the “Travel Market” and is available through duty free retail outlets only. The bottle does not appear to have an age statement; however, the company’s website states the spirit is produce from a blend of 3 rums aged between 11 and 14 years. These rums have been aged in new American Oak and ex-Bourbon barrels.

Here is a link to my review:

Review: Cihuatan Obsidiana

“… What is in the breezes is quite nice beginning with fine oak spice and vanilla accented by cane and corn. Coconut seems to pour out with banana and orange peel following. Almond scents are trying to move towards marzipan, and fine baking spices have begun to gather (cinnamon with hints of nutmeg) …”

Please enjoy my review which includes a new recipe of mine, the Nightcap Daiquiri.



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24 Days of Rum (#23) – Cihuatan Reserva Especial 12 (El Salvador)

Posted by Arctic Wolf on December 23, 2019

With one day left to go, in my 2019 Christmas Rum Advent I have arrived in the Central America, specifically the Republic of El Salvador (Republic of the Savior), which is the smallest continental country in the Americas, and the most heavily populated by population density. The rum we are examining today is Cihuatan Reserva Especial 12 which is produced by El Salvador’s first ever rum distillery, Licorera Cihuatán.

According to the producer’s website all of the distilleries rums are handcrafted in El Salvador, and with respect to their Cihuatán Reserva Especial 12 the website additionally tells us:

We have taken our aging methods further to bring you a complex rum, awarded all over the world. Cihuatán 12 Years is proudly handcrafted in the Cihuatán Valley, from the seed of the sugarcane to the bottle.

Here is a link to my tasting notes and scores for the No. 23 spirit in the 24 Days of Rum – The Original Rum Tasting Box:

Review: Cihuatan Reserva Especial 12

“… Melding of fine oak spice, vanilla, butterscotch and almond with light baking spices and orange peel. Banana and light coconut flavours as well …”


Note: 24 Days of Rum – The Original Rum Tasting Box produced by 1423 World Class Spirits contains 24 handpicked rums from 24 different countries all over the world. It features an extraordinary opportunity to sample a wide variety of premium rums allowing you to hone in on the particular style which suits your palate. As indicated in my previously published review (here) This Rum Advent Calendar is a highly recommended gift for the rum enthusiast.

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