— NICARAGUA —
Sugar cane is introduced in Nicaragua in 1880, nearly four hundred years after the first sugar cane plants were brought to the Caribbean. By the late 19th century, sugar cane plays an important part of the economy. Today, most of Nicaragua's agriculture is concentrated in a narrow strip of land between the Central Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. In addition to sugar cane, the tropical climate allows the production of bananas, cotton, rice and coffee. Tobacco is the highest exported agricultural product. It is grown above the valley on the cool slopes of mountains above the Pacific lowlands.
The first rum distillery is established in Nicaragua in 1890. It is now recognized as the only Nicaraguan distillery under the name of Compañia Licorera Nicaragua and distills significant quantities of cane native to Nicaragua. The distillery is modern and employs the column method. The aging is slower than in the Caribbean because the climate is milder.
Nicaraguan rums are light, aromatic and delicately woody.