The Oldest Destillery in the Philippines

Destileria Limtuaco & Co., Inc. was established in 1852 and is the oldest distillery in the Philippines. Through five generations of master blending tradition, Limtuaco has invented, developed and patented numerous formulae and aging processes in the wine and liquor industry. The company has been awarded various distinctions by the Mode Selections, Institut Pour Les Selections De La Qualite in Rome, Italy and London, England for its whisky, rum, brandy, vodka and gin. It had recently also been recognized by the International Taste and Quality Institute in Brussels, Belgium for its Paradise Mango Rum Liqueur, Napoleon VSOP Brandy, Old Captain Rum and Amadeo Coffee Liqueur.


Now on its 165th year, the company has enjoyed loyal following due to its product quality, taste, Aroma and smoothness as proof of master blending expertise, technical innovation. These steps have allowed Destileria Limtuaco & Co., Inc. to gain recognition as the quality leader of the Philippine liquor industry. Its expansion to the international market has made it the top Exporter of distilled spirits in the country today. Destileria Limtuaco’s commitment to quality and continual improvement is also manifested by being the country’s first and, to date, only distillery with an ISO9001:2015 certified quality management system.

Master Blenders

Destileria Limtuaco & Co., Inc. is a 1997 Centennial Awardee of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry where it was confirmed to be not only the oldest distillery in the country but also the oldest manufacturing company in the Philippines.

Bringing Philippine Craft Spirits to the World

DESTILERIA LIMTUACO & CO., INC., is the oldest distillery in the Philippines established in 1852 producing a wide range of distilled spirits and alcoholic beverages such as whisky, rum, gin, brandy, vodka, flavored tequila, ready-­?mixed cocktail drinks, medicinal tonic and various liqueurs. With over 160 years of history and five (5) generations of master blending expertise, it has earned the distinction of being the quality leader in the Philippineliquor industry and is a top exporter of Philippine liquors to many countries around the globe.

 Destileria Limtuaco has been exporting products to different parts of the world like Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Korea, Thailand, Japan, Australia, Ukraine, South Africa, Saipan, Guam, Switzerland and to the U.S.A.

 The company’s commitments to quality, continuous improvement and customer satisfaction are key drivers to the company’s quest for excellence. It has been implementing an ISO 9001quality system since 1999 and currently enjoys an ISO 9001:20015 certification, producing top quality multi-­?awarded products with the highest degree of manufacturing excellence.

 Destileria Limtuaco has the widest range of distilled spirits and alcoholic beverages like specialty craft spirits using natural ingredients and standard spirits such as whisky, rum, gin, brandy, vodka, ready-­?mixed cocktail drinks, medicinal tonic, liqueurs and cordials.

 It has a craft distillery facility that can produce a wide range of distilled spirits from various raw materials or substrates, and with the largest ageing facility and inventory of aged spirits in the country.

Paradise Mango Rum Liqueur

Paradise Mango Rum Liqueur is a trailblazing product from the Philippines; a natural fruit-­? based liqueur made from world-­?renowned Philippine mangoes and premium aged rum. It is known as the Philippines’ National Liquor and it is much appreciated by tourists from around the globe being a natural product with a unique and refreshing tropical flavor. It comes in a 750-­?ml frosted glass bottle, 16% Alcohol by Volume and packed ina beautifully designed metal tin canister. You can drink it chilled or with ice, mix it as a base to create interesting cocktails, or used for cooking and baking.

Paradise Mango Rum Liqueur is a multi-­?awarded product. It has bagged several awards from prestigious organizations, such as: Trendiest Product Award by CITEM; the Good Design Award (ASEAN Design Selection 2004) or the G-­?Mark Award for its best product design, Japan; Seal of Approval from the International Spirits Challenge, London and lately, Superior Taste Award 2006 by the International Taste & Quality Institute in Brussels for its unique and superior taste.


Amadeo Coffee Liqueur

Another interesting craft spirit is Amadeo Coffee Liqueur, named after the coffee capital of the Philippines. It blends four kinds of Philippine coffee – rich Robusta, Arabica, Excelsa and Liberica a.k.a “Barako“ espresso into a smooth and full-­?bodied concoction. Amadeo Coffee liqueur is like an espresso in a bottle. It contains no added flavor nor color-­?-­? truly a coffee lover’s dream liqueur.

The product has also garnered several awards like Superior Taste Award 2013 by the International Taste & Quality Institute in Brussels for its unique and superior taste.

Amadeo Coffee Liqueur

Manille Liqueur de Calamansi

Manille Liqueur De Calamansi is now making waves in the Philippine drinks scene.Manille captures the essence of calamansi (Philippine lemon) using the citrus fruit’s rinds to make a drink that is zesty, fresh and packed with an intense citrus aroma in a vodka base. It is greatas a digestif or as a drink to cleanse the palate between courses. You can take it as a chilled shot or on the rocks for a refreshing long drink. It can also be used to prepare sweet and savory dishes that require any kind of zesty kick. It will surely give cocktails or dishes a unique twist.

This product also won the Monde Selection Gold Award in 2014; and since its launch in January 2014, the product has already received a lot of local media attention in major broadsheets, magazines, blogs, government websites and all over social media.

Manille Liqueur de Calamansi

Very Old Captain Artisan-­?Crafted Dark Rum

The Philippines, being a sugar-­?producing country, produces one of the best blackstrap molasses in the world. This premium dark rum from pure molasses is a blend or a light rum and a pot still rum for heavier aroma and richer flavor. It is thenpatiently aged in oak barrels, helping it develop finer nuances and taste profiles. V.O.C exhibits a deep amber color, while maintaining a smooth yet full-­?bodied flavor-­?-­? a rum designed for connoisseurs.

This 80 proof spirit contains no added flavors for an unadulterated pure rum experience.It is great even when taken neat, oron the rocks but it is also a very versatile rum to mix with.

Very Old Captain Artisan-­?Crafted Dark Rum

Manille Liqueur de Dalandan

The successful domestic launch of Manille Liqueur de Calamansi led to the development of the Manille Liqueur Collection, a line of Philippine citrus liqueurs. Manille Liqueur de Dalandan was launched in September 2015, the second product in the Manille Liqueur Collection.

The dalandan (also known as dalanghita or sintores) is a local citrus characterized by its thin green skin and vibrant orange flesh. The juice isa perfume like orange while the taste is sweet version of sour orange. The liqueur has a beautiful aroma that’s a combination of orange and lime while the taste is a perfect sweet citrus versatile enough to be used in cocktails.

The fruit and the productmade with it were so delicious that Margarita Fores, Asia’s Best Female Chef (as per Asia’s 50 Best), personally volunteered to be the product’s brand ambassador. The product’s support for local farmers aligned perfectly with her advocacy of farm to table cooking.

The product launch was a showcaseof the product’s flexibility when it was used in various cocktails and dishes like the roasted organic pork stuffed with Manille Liqueur de Dalandan bottles. It was very well attended by people from the food and beverage industry and the product found itself into mainstream media soon after.

During the launch, Destileria Limtuaco & Co., Inc. also introduced “Si”, their line of handcrafted soaps made with the waste material from the liqueur production.

 Manille Liqueur de Dalandan

Imeldifique Cooking Wine

 Imeldifique Cooking Wine was produced in collaboration with the local government of Ilocos Norte. Governor Imee Marcos approached Olivia Limpe-­?Aw during IFEX 2015 where both Destileria Limtuaco (DLCI) & the province of Ilocos Norte were exhibitors. Imee saw the DLCI product, Vigan Basi produced for the Ilocos Sur and asked if Olivia could also come up with a product for Ilocos Norte. Olivia considered it and came up with this cooking wine idea using sorghum spirit as a base. Sorghum is endemic to the region and is also distilled into what is known in China as Baijiu (Kaoliang Jiu in Taiwan). She then infused the spirit with native garlic and onions and salt to get our Philippine “ginisa” or sauté flavor that we love. All ingredients used to make this cooking wine are from Ilocos Norte which Ilocos Sur also has.

 This product was conceptualized with the intention to provide first, convenience in the sourcing of native garlic and onions that are sometimes hard to find and in turn making them more expensive than the imported variety that are less fragrant and flavorful. Second, it makes the cooking process easier by eliminating the need to chop fresh garlic and onions and sauté it in oil. And lastly, it is a value-­?added product and its commercialization and distribution nationally and worldwide will create a bigger market for sorghum, garlic and onion farmers in the IIocos region.

Imeldifique Cooking Wine

This product becomes even more special abroad where one can hardly find any native garlic and onions. So with Imeldifique Cooking Wine, we bring to our kababayans a piece home which they miss dearly.

You can simply marinate meats: like chicken, pork and beef and sauté in oil, bake or fry. You can also add to stews for an instant natural “ginisa” flavor and aroma. It’s also great to marinate seafood to remove traces of “fishy” smell before cooking. You can also just addImeldifique Cooking Wine to any sautéed dish including veggies and viola! You have your Imeldific dishes in a jiffy!

You can now prepare Imeldificdishes with Imeldifique Cooking Wine.

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