In the late 18th century, Severo Arango y Ferro arrived in Cartagena de Indias in Nueva Granada (present-day Colombia), he had plans to improve tax collection for Spain in the American Spanish colonies. His strong and powerful nature was quickly recognised and he was soon dubbed ‘DICTADOR’.
Then came the moment when he fell in love at first sight (and taste): he discovered rum. His devotion and affection for the tropical elixir drove him to become a key trader of exotic sugar cane spirits, which at the time were considered a currency in the region.
Determined to showcase DICTADOR’s success and unique flavour profile on a global scale, the third generation of the family sought to expand and share their beautiful liquid around the globe. In 2009, savvy international investors came on board and helped to make DICTADOR one of the most-loved and awarded Colombian rums in the world.
DICTADOR is extraordinary, international and award winning. Age-old Colombian traditions are combined with innovative European and Japanese designs to create perfect rum that is rich in both flavour and style.
Based in Cartagena, Colombia - DICTADOR has the privilege of being in the northern region of South America with over 800 miles of coast on the sparkling Caribbean sea. Our location gives us that magical balance of weather and land to be able to produce our range of exceptional rums.
Due to its geographical position, Colombia is one of the three largest sugar cane producers, assuring us both high quality and high quantity harvests. Cartagena and its countryside are famous for being the first areas for sugar cane production in South America.
The precious liquids in our “Best Of” range represent a selection from the best and oldest barrels in our collection which has been developing for over 100 years – since the opening of our distillery.
The Best Of Dictador product line is represented by the best barrels selected from a batch of a particular year. The bottle contains the best rum blended from selected production batch in a moment of time
The barrels used for Best Of are carefully selected by Master Parra. We use 3 types of the barrels: AO - American Oak, SC - Sherry Cask, PC - Port Cask
Number of Bottles in the Batch
We use only one selected barrel for bottling. As a result, we fill around 300 bottles with this great liquid work of art. The entire process takes place at our Destilería Colombiana
All labels are handwritten and signed by Master Blender, Hernan Parra.