Botran Reserva Blanca is an aged white rum made in Guatemala. Guatemalan Rum has its own Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) which is both a designation of quality and geographical limitation. It means than certain processes, fermentation, distillation, ageing in the solera system etc. have to be adhered to.
Guatemala has an ideal climate for growing sugar cane and Botran Rums are made from virgin sugar cane syrup. Botran Rums are aged in Solera system, this is a system of fractional aging developed in Jerez, Spain for Sherry production. Botran Reserva Blanca is a three year old rum that has the colour filtered out of it using charcoal filters. As it is aged for 3 years in lightly toasted American white oak barrels it has a lot more character, as well as being mellower and smoother than cheap white rums. Unlike more tropical Caribbean rums, Botran Rums are aged in a cooler, high altitude mountainous region. This means that the rate of evaporation is slower and allows the rum to mellow of a number of years. This gives the rums a different taste profile. This would not be properly feasible (or economic) in hotter rum producing countries.