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Don Q Scores 5 Stars

The American Academy of Hospitality Sciences proudly bestows its coveted Five-Star Diamond Award to Puerto Rico’s Destilería Serrallés for DonQ Gran Añejo.


The American Academy of Hospitality Sciences (AAHS) just doesn’t give its Five-Star rating to any rum; in fact they found only one worthy enough of this honor: Don Q Gran Añejo. This prestigious honor will be presented at an exclusive gala at the historic Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico in San Juan on September 14, 2011. Don Q Gran Añejo is the first rum ever to receive this rare distinction, reserved for the greatest achievements in travel, hospitality products and services.

The American Academy of Hospitality Sciences Board of Trustees recognized in Destilería Serrallés for Don Q Gran Añejo exceptional quality and character commensurate with the world’s finest hotels, resorts, restaurants & chefs which have been previously honored with the Five-Star Diamond Award.

Handcrafted in small-batches using a state-of-the-art “green” process, Gran Añejo boasts a robust nose of molasses, cigar tobacco and dark caramel with notes of vanilla, cinnamon and honey, perfect for sipping along with a cigar. This is a unique blend of rums aged from 3 to 12 years in American white oak and Sherry barrels using the Solera Aging System.  It is the finest expression of the Serrallés 145 year family rum making tradition and was introduced to commemorate Christopher Columbus’ second voyage during which he discovered Puerto Rico. The most discerning clientele would expect to enjoy a spirit of this world-class caliber in all highly acclaimed establishments. Don Q Gran Añejo’s hand-crafted, artisanal and rich heritage qualities as well as its sustainable processes were essential to the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences Board of Trustees in awarding its highest accolade.

“We’re proud to recognize Destilería Serrallés among our distinguished International Star Diamond Award recipients that deliver the ultimate five-star quality, craftsmanship, service and hospitality worldwide,” said Joseph D. Cinque, President and CEO of the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences.

“We are truly humbled and privileged to be presented this great honor from such a prestigious organization as the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences,” says Roberto J. Serrallés, Vice President of Business Development for Destilería Serrallés. “It is remarkable that our hand-crafted aged-rum, produced in very small quantities, is the first ever in its class to receive this outstanding distinction,” said Serrallés.

Recently, Don Q Gran Añejo has earned numerous industry accolades including:

  • Gold Medal / 93 Points from the Beverage Tasting Institute
  • Superb / 95 Points from Wine Enthusiast
  • Platinum Medal / Best in Category from the 2011 SIP Awards
  • Platinum Medal / Best in Class from the 2011 World Beverage Competition