Making Rum

The rum journey starts with sugarcane.

Sugarcane is crushed, and the juice is boiled in order to extract crystallized sugar. What remains is molasses, the basis for rum.

Sugarcane juice is boiled to obtain molasses.

Molasses retains about 50% of the sugar from the cane juice; this is the basis for the entire rum-making process. We select the finest molasses available to ensure consistent fermentation.

We dilute the molasses with fresh water.

Using fresh water, we dilute the molasses to prepare it for fermentation.

Yeast is used to start the fermentation process.

The rich aroma of rum is born of a living starter culture—the yeast used to carry out the fermentation process. At Destilería Serrallés, we have kept our unique strain of yeast alive & in use for over 75 years.

From sugar to alcohol. “The Beer.”

Once the yeast has done its work, the resulting liquid is called the “beer”–basically a molasses “mash” with low alcohol content. This is the starting point for distillation.

Distillation process.

A delicate science that removes unwanted elements, while maintaining the signature flavor of our recipe. Alcohol is liberated from the “beer” and condensed into a spirit.

Aged for at least one year in oak barrels.

All Destilería Serrallés rums are aged at least one year in charred American white oak barrels to impart flavor and character. The interaction of wood and rum matures and mellows the spirit, as well as endows our Añejo and Gran Añejo varieties with a luxurious golden color.

The exacting Art of Blending.

Once the rum has been aged, the exacting art of blending begins. This is the exclusive domain of our master blender—AKA “The Nose.” Light and dark rums are meticulously combined with Soleras (overproof rums straight from the barrel).

Charcoal filtration infuses a subtle flavor.

Aging and blending is followed by charcoal filtration that creates the subtle yet distinctive flavor profile that is the mark of excellent light rum.

Bottled at our distillery to ensure the highest quality.

All of Don Q rums are bottled on-site at our distillery to ensure the highest quality and consistency. The spirit in each bottle is a testament to the expert care and centuries of know-how that distinguish Destilería Serrallés.