He looks to the past to create spirits for the future. Alexandre Gabriel, world-renowned owner and master blender of Maison Ferrand in Cognac and West Indies Rum Distillery in Barbados, is heading to the Czech Republic for the first time ever to reveal the world of Plantation’s favorite rums to rum fans at the beginning of October. Part of the meeting will be a controlled tasting, including the new limited edition Single Casks 2022 intended for the Czech market.
Alexandre Gabriel was born and raised in France on a farm in southern Burgundy, where his grandfather taught him to make wine and distill spirits. In 1989, Alexandre Gabriel stumbled upon an ancient cognac house in the heart of the Grande Champagne region of Cognac and built it into one of the largest craft spirits specialists today. Its portfolio includes the brands Ferrand Cognac, 100% Grande Champagne Cognac, Plantation Rum, Citadelle Gin and Mathilde Liqueurs. About the spirits he produces, Alexandre says that he thinks of them as “aromatic sculptures” or “gastronomic paintings” and that for him they are not just products, but the perfect embodiment of history, emotions and experiences. He is a visionary who turns dreams and ideas into reality.
His cognac journey was crossed by the attractive world of rums in the late 1990s, when he was looking for another use for the barrels in which Ferrand cognac had previously matured. Slow aging rum in cognac casks, which was the initial plan, but he didn’t finish, his rum steps led to the purchase of the famous West Indies Rum Distillery in Barbados. From there it was a short drive to Jamaica, another destination for Plantation rums. The range of Plantation rums is as varied as the story that Alexandre Gabriel writes. His vision has already earned him a number of prestigious awards and today he ranks among the most important master blenders in the world. Rumy Plantation enjoys success among bartenders and lovers of fine spirits. Plantation rums are ranked first in the ranking of top trending rums and second in the ranking of bartenders’ choice, published by the specialist title Drinks International (Drinks International report 2022).
A meeting with Alexander Gabriel and a guided tasting of Plantation brand rums will take place on October 4, 2022 from 6 p.m. and on October 5 from 7 p.m. in the Empire Hall in Slovanské dům (Na Příkopě 22, Prague). Tickets can be purchased via GoOut, price 1500 CZK.
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The historically first visit of Alexander Gabriel to the Czech Republic is organized by the company Ultra Premium Brands, which is the distributor of Plantation rums in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.