Earlier this month, Botran Rum and Grammy award-winning producer Emilio Estefan announced a partnership promoting the mantra, "The night begins with Botran."
Last night was the unofficial kickoff with an evening under the Miami sky at the Cardozo Hotel on Ocean Drive. A band played on as rum cocktails were shaken like maracas and servers in white linen and Havana style hats passed pork and plantains galore.
The more official event will be tomorrow's Botran's Medianoches & Mixology presented by Smithfield at Wynwood Walls hosted by Anne Burrell and Emilio Estefan as part of SOBEWFF.
This event was all about the rum and we had some good teachers: Emilio Estefan and Miami's Rum Renaissance Festival's Robert Burr who happened to be at the event.
Estefan gave attendees some sage advice, "The more you drink, the better I sound."
While Estefan was waiting for a drink at the outdoor bar, tended by the bartender from Bongos, we asked him how he likes his Botran. He explained that since the Reserva, aged up to 15 years, and the Solera 1893, aged up to 18 years, have such strong flavors he enjoys sipping them alone. Although the younger Reserva Blanca, aged only 3 years, he likes in mojitos.
Burr, who was in attendance, told us that he has been to Guatemala and saw the unique Botran aging process firsthand. The Solera system has the rum age in barrels that previously held American whiskey, sherry, and port wines. Another difference is that Botran uses pure sugar cane juice extracted from the family's very own cane fields as opposed to molasses.
"A little ice and a slice" is how Burr said to enjoy the bold Solera. Although Burr said he likes it with an orange slice, at the event only lemon and limes were present.
Both men were right, the Solera in particular was a fine sipping rum with complexity and smoothness that needs no other frills or gimmicks.
Botran and Estefan seem to be a good match as tradition, passion and the utmost respect for family shine through in all that they do.
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Botran's Medianoches & Mixology presented by Smithfield at Wynwood Walls hosted by Anne Burrell and Emilio Estefan. Friday, February 21, from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Wynwood Walls, 2520 NW Second Ave., Miami. Tickets cost $95
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