Sunday, August 16, 2015
Youngest Rum Master: Jassil Villanueva Quintana sets world record (VIDEO)
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic-- Jassil Villanueva Quintana is a maestra ronera, Spanish for rum master; in the world of spirits, they play the alchemist responsible for coaxing the fermented liquid into a blended libation that is a pleasure to drink; at just 28 years old, Quintana is the youngest rum master in the world,
according to the World Record Academy.
Photo: At just 28 years old, Quintana is the youngest rum master in the world. Photo: Brugal USA (enlarge photo)
The Guinness World Records' record for the most varieties of rum commercially available is 151 and was achieved by The Smugglers Cove (UK) in Liverpool, UK, as of 12 January 2015. The Smugglers Cove aimed to have 151 varieties of rum available due to overproof versions of rum being "151 proof".
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the largest rum tasting event; it involved 353 participants, conducted by the Global Rum Ambassador, Ian Burrell (UK) in London, UK, on 9 October 2014.
Not only as a woman in a traditionally male-dominated industry but, at just 28 years old, Quintana is the youngest rum master in the world, the Fast Company reports.
In addition to officially interning at Brugal, she earned an undergraduate degree in business administration from Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra, in Santiago de los Caballeros, then spent time in the U.S. at the English Language Institute at Florida International University. Quintana then went back to get her MBA. Only then did she feel ready to begin the rigorous training required to become a maestra ronera.
Making a quality rum is not only about blending and aging, but also about overseeing the molasses, the distillation process, and quality of the distillate, the sourcing and quality of our casks and the wood management, and the skill and process we use to take our barrels and combine them into the perfect rum blend," Quintana explains.
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