Why always go far away? The good is so close: Ron Aldea!
Just a 4-hour flight from the GERMAN RUM FESTIVAL, you will find the closest rum distillery that grows its own sugar cane and processes it into the most delicious rum.
The year-round prevailing mild climate as well as the precipitation-giving trade winds, together with the nutrient-rich volcanic ash, promote the development of highly fertile soils, which is why La Palma, with its 40% forest cover, is today also considered the most vegetated island of the Canary Islands – in addition, these favorable conditions also provide an excellent basis for the cultivation of sugar cane.
Although La Palma is considered the most vertical island in the world, the palmeros have managed to build up an extremely successful agriculture through terracing.This also leads, among other things, to the fact that almost all of the bananas consumed on the Spanish mainland are imported from La Palma. But not only bananas thrive there excellent, but also the sugar cane.
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In 2011, the Spanish Quevedo family, responsible for the tradition-rich Destilerías Aldea, celebrated its 75th company anniversary. The brand was launched as early as 1936 by Don Manuel Quevedo Alemán, with the roots of the successful distillery on the Canary island of Gran Canaria in the town of La Aldea de San Nicolás. Initially intended only for the private use of family members, the rum, which has always been made only from locally grown sugar cane, soon enjoyed steadily growing success. In the 1950s, under the leadership of Carmelo Quevedo, the company’s headquarters were finally moved to the idyllic bay of Puerto Espindola on the eastern side of the neighboring island of La Palma, followed in 1969 by his son José Manuel Quevedo Hernández, who still runs the company today with his sons. Ron Aldea is thus one of the few rums which were not distilled in the Caribbean or in South or Central America, but on the Canary Islands, which belong to Spain.
Instead of relying on molasses, as is the case with the majority of its competitors, Destilerías Aldea has always relied on the full, natural and sweet power of the sugar cane juice (the “guarapo”), both in terms of aroma and taste, resulting in a high-quality and natural pleasure. The sugar cane is different from the plants used in Caribbean and South or Central American rums, thanks to the climate, the influence of the sea and the soil conditions.