40% ABV, 750 ml
Released to mark Don Q's 150th anniversary, Reserva de la Familia Serralles is a blend of 20 year old rums. Back in 1994 a lot of 36 charred American oak barrels were filled, the finest 6 of which were selected, blended and returned to the barrels to marry for a few months longer. Each bottle is beautifully presented alongside a certificate of authenticity, a Don Q booklet and a glass decanter stopper all within a high-quality wooden case with plated bronze corners. As they were founded in 1865, 1,865 bottles have been released.
Is This the World's Most Exclusive Rum?
Larry Olmsted, Senior Contributor, Forbes Life
Only 1,865 bottles of the highly allocated Gran Reserva de la Familia Serralés were made.
Puerto Rico’s Don Q has one of the richest histories in rum making. Now they are capitalizing on it with one of the richest rums ever made.
Company founder Don Juan Serrallés founded and named his Puerto Rican Hacienda Mercedita sugar cane plantation named for his wife, Mercedes. In 1865 he produced his first rum using fresh sugarcane (preferable to most rum, made with cheaper processed molasses) in a copper pot still imported from France. He would later name the company for Don Quixote, the famous fictional dreamer. Don Q rum received global attention when bartender Ramon Marrero used it to create a popular brand new cocktail he called the Piña Colada.
Now the company is making headlines again as it celebrates its past with the release of the Gran Reserva de la Familia Serralés, its most elite bottle ever. Don Q is marking the 150th anniversary of its 1865 founding this year with the very limited-edition bottle, blending 20-year-old rums from its oldest warehouses, hand-selected by sixth-generation distiller Roberto Serrallés. The elixir is being compared to cognac and in keeping with the company’s birthdate, only 1,865 bottles will be produced. Not surprisingly, each costs $1,865."