Dictador has unveiled the latest release in its collaborative 2 Masters series: the Ximénez-Spínola 1976 Edition. The new offering finds the Colombian rum brand partnering with Spanish winery Ximénez-Spínola, which has been producing wines, sherries and brandies from Pedro Ximénez grapes for almost 300 years .
The Dictador 2 Masters Ximénez-Spínola 1976 Edition features liquid that has been aged for 45 years in traditional American oak casks. The 1976 vintage rum was then re-casked in Pedro Ximénez sherry barrels in Jerez for an additional 13 months.
“We have put all our care into this rum, which was already a jewel when it left Colombia,” said José Antonio Zarzana Marín, ninth-generation winemaker at Ximénez-Spínola. “It was distilled the same year I was born, so we are honoured to have provided the barrels of Pedro Ximénez to service this historic distillate.
“Both our companies have an exciting story, separate to each other and written long ago. But with 2 Masters, we are together, writing a new chapter of that story, and we are doing so with a true enthusiasm that is necessary to achieve a product that goes beyond excellence.”
As with previous 2 Masters releases, the Ximénez-Spínola 1976 Edition will include specially developed bottle security features including gold paint with UV protection, holistic cryptographic technology, and armoured glass packaging that uses fingerprint technology for unlocking.
Started by Dictador master blender Hernan Parra, the 2 Masters collection aims to explore the boundaries of luxury rum. For each edition, the Colombian brand invites a wine or spirits producer to ‘finish’ a Dictador blend in a way of their choosing. Previous editions have included Dictador 2 Masters Royal Tokaji 1977 and, most recently, Dictador 2 Masters Niepoort.
Only 390 bottles of this new rum will be available, and are priced at €960 (£828) each. For more information, head over to Dictador’s official website.