DUSA de Peru 2004 Plantation Grand Terroir
Launched in 2003, Plantation Rum is a brand owned by the well-established cognac producer, Cognac Ferrand. Established in 1989, Maison Ferrand has used its extensive contacts in the spirits industry to source some exceptional casks of rum. The company also has privileged access to those in the warehouses of Clarendon and Long Pond in Jamaica, through its acquisition of the West India Rum Distillery (WIRD) and the shares in National Rums of Jamaica that came with it. Its ownership of the Bajan WIRD distillery has seen it increasingly involved in rum production as well as bottling in recent years. In June 2020 it was announced that Plantation Rum would be changing its name to support the global dialogue around racial equality, with the company accepting the hurtful connotations that the word “plantation” can evoke.
This is a 2004 vintage rum from the Distillerías Unidas S.A. de Peru.
Not to be confused with the similarly named distillery in Venezuela, Destillerias Unidas S.A. de Peru (or DUSA de Peru) traces its origins back to 1792 when Domingo Cartavio procured land in the Chicama Valley, near the Pacific coast. He continued the centuries old tradition of sugar cultivation on the estate, and when its owners in 1929, W.B. Grace eventually built a distillery there, they named it Cartavio in his honour. The subsequent decades were turbulent, not least in the late 1960s when the Peruvian government took control of the sugar industry. A wave of privatisation in the early 1990s saw the establishment of Cartavio SA in 1994, who took over operations there. Its subsequent iteration, DUSA de Peru set about an intensive modernisation of the run-down plant, introducing a multiple vacuum column stills to add to the John Dore pot still installed there in 1953. Both still types are used in the production of its rum, the flagship brand of which is still Ron Cartavio.