Don Q Rum- A Family Tradition

| October 15, 2012

DON Q (named after Don Quijote) is one of the top premium Puerto Rican rums. Although it has only been available for a little more Don Q rumthan 3 years in the USA, it is now available in every state. This fine rum is distilled at Destileria Seralles in the city of Ponce. The rich history dates back to 1865 at the Hacienda Mercedita plantation where Don Juan Serrales produced a few casks of the drink using a copper still he had imported from France.

This is smooth tasting rum benefits from six generations of Serrales family distilling and blending, along with the benefits of the artisan aging in America in white oak casks.

The DonQ ANEJO that I sampled for the first time is a blend of rums aged from 2 to 7 years and is 80 proof with 40% alcohol volume. Tasting notes indicate oak, vanilla and caramel, followed by molasses and soft leather with a nice cognac-style lingering finish.

This is a rum perfect for sipping straight, on the rocks, or even with water or club soda. It can be used as a replacement for dark rum and also as a substitute for whisky and brandy in Manhattan’s and Alexander’s. This is a very versatile rum that pairs well with chicken, fish, or meats, as well as cream sauces and reductions.

There are other rums from this distiller that need to be checked out as soon as possible and I think that I will probably seek out the Blackbeard Spiced Rum which was given an A-plus rating in the Tasting Panel magazine. DonQ COCO is a blend of rums infused with coconut, and for a citrus junkie like me, the DonQ LIMON is made with key lime from Puerto Rico.

DonQ GOLD is the premium choice in the range for cocktails because of its robust and integral flavor, and it is famous for being the first rum used in the creation of the Pina Colada. Unlike the Anejo, this rum pairs up well with Latin, Asian and spicy foods.

Price wise these rums are a bit of a steal considering the tradition and overall quality with the GOLD available for $14.99, COCO for $16.99 and the LIMON for a moderate $17.99.




DonQ Punch

1 ½ oz DONQ Gold Rum

2 oz Orange Juice

2 oz Pineapple Juice

1 tbsp grenadine


In a cocktail shaker, add rum, juices, grenadine and ice.

Shake vigorously. Strain into a tall glass filled w/ice.

Garnish w/a cherry and orange slice.


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