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History and Myth
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.
In 1913, almost 180 years after DICTADOR’s myth was conceived, one of his descendants established Destilería Colombiana. Don Julio Arango y Parra spent years researching DICTADOR’s myth as well as the intricacies of rum production in order to become the finest Colombian rum producer in the Caribbean Zone, while dedicating his life to honouring his forefather’s legacy.
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: The Concept
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.
Cartagena is a UNESCO World Heritage Site deeply steeped in romance with beautiful colonial era antiquity – this city is as captivating as our rum itself. Whether strolling down the cobbled alleys or sipping DICTADOR on the beach, you’ll find that the city’s historic and one-of-a-kind setting provides the perfect backdrop for our production.
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.