The number of Cuban Rum Masters increased to ten after the meeting of the Regulatory Council of the Protected Designation of Origin (D.O.P.) CUBA for rums, where it was decided to recognize Francisco Javier Sabat Gonzalo and Noemi del Toro with the prestigious category.
Until then, both were Aspiring Teachers of Cuban Rum, a movement that treasured and develop throughout the country that inseparable tradition of national identity.
Noemí del Toro has dedicated her life to the emblematic industry in Santiago de Cuba, where she delved into his secrets since she was young under the tutelage of Cuban Rum First Master, José Pablo Navarro Campa.
For his part, Francisco Javier Sabat is a specialist in the “El Valle” Rum Industry, in Pinar del Río. He has distinguished in the research and achievement of new products in his more than 30 years of experience.
To be a Cuban Rum Master, the aspirants have to exceed a process of 10 or 15 years of minimum learning (they never end up adding knowledge), They have to be closely related to the geography, history and culture of the area where the products are prepared, and also have a high level of studies to understand and innovate through chemical processes of fermentation, distillation and aging, among others.
In addition, it is required a special sensitivity for the differences of the rums in several stages and aging.
The newly appointed join the select group of professionals formed, led by the Cuban Rum First Masters, José Pablo Navarro Campa and Juan Carlos González Delgado, also composed of Manuel Calderón Echevarría, Asbel Morales Lorenzo, Salome Alemán Carriazo, Julio Enrique Ayan Rial , César Augusto Martí Marcelo and Tranquilino Palencia Estruch ("Tano").
Together with the climate conditions, soils and the centuries-old tradition of Cuba as the cradle of light rum, they are a fundamental pillar for the growing success of our products in the world.