Matusalem & Company

Caribbean

Matusalem & Company was founded by brothers Benjamin and Eduardo Camp, who left Spain and settled in Santiago de Cuba in 1872 for the purpose of establishing a rum distillery. The Camp brothers brought with them their knowledge and expertise in the solera system of blending and distillation used in making Spanish cognac and sherry. Following the Cuban revolution in 1959, the family-owned Matusalem brand went into exile. The Cuban government continued to make rum in the former Matusalem factory in Santiago de Cuba. Three branches of the family began feuding in 1981, resulting in court cases that extended into the mid-90s. These ended in 1995 when Dr. Claudio Alvarez Salazar, the great-grandson of the founder, gained control of the Matusalem trademark in an out-of-court settlement. In 2002, Matusalem and Company was relaunched, with branding focused on its Cuban roots, and targeting the high-end market. The rum is produced in the Dominican Republic, but was not formally made available in that country until 2015.

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