Mezan has today introduced their newest 100% all-natural expression, Chiriqui to the U.S. market. Marussia Beverages USA will import and distribute the brand.
Mezan Chiriqui is a molasses-based rum distilled in Panama, where the terroir and tropical climate is particularly conducive to growing sugar cane. The distillery grows its own cane and cultivates traditional yeasts that preserve the character and distinctive qualities of the spirit. After distillation in multi-column stills, Mezan Chiriqui is then aged in second-fill American white oak casks, and is finished in casks used for Portuguese Moscatel.
Since 2012, Mezan has chosen to reveal the purest expression of Caribbean rums and create ‘unaltered’ natural products. This approach is in line with new consumer trends towards transparency and traceability, for products with no added sugar or additives. Mezan’s non-interventionist philosophy is to offer naturally made, stand-out rums with a unique flavor profile that reflects each origin and each distillery. With Mezan, the character of each rum is both preserved and enhanced. The label, decorated with tropical plants and motifs inspired by indigenous Panamanian art, aims to take you on an exotic journey when you taste the rum.
On the nose, Mezan Chiriqui offers intense spices and vanilla, with light pepper and woody accents. The palate is : subtle, round and elegant, backed by stone fruit (peach, apricot) and coconut aromas, while woody notes develop into a spicy, peppery finish.
Mezan is best enjoyed neat or in sophisticated cocktails, and now available for purchase at local and online retailers for a suggested retail price of $25.00 (750ml).
The Mezan range includes: molasses rums (Mezan Chiriqui & Mezan Jamaica XO), and a rare selection of vintage rums that celebrate the specificities of the Caribbean, with different origins (Jamaica, Guyana, Panama), different types of distillation (pot stills, columns) and different aromatic profiles (English or Spanish rum). Each of these collector rums has been aged in casks for at least 10 years and is released as limited and numbered editions.
For more information, head over to the brand’s official website.
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