On a random Wednesday afternoon we visited Destileria Limtauco, Located in Intramuros, the museum is housed in a Bahay na Bato that then-CEO Julius Limpe acquired back in 1979. We initially had the impression that it was one of the original official sites where they actually conduct their business, but not to that extent. Former CEO envisioned building a company museum 40 years ago.
Over 166 years company, a good backstory, and having the Bahay the Bato as its showroom. Why not. We absolutely love the Manille Liqueur de Calamansi—a local take on Italian limoncello. Years back you’d see a woman riding gallantly a white horse on her red bikini on primetime local TV commercials and your friendly neighborhood sari-sari store’s calendars. White Castle Whisky stroke every man’s ego desires.
The Bahay the Bato exudes charm and is already inviting. There you will find young Gen Z’s explaining each part of the tour. The museum’s first floor exhibits show the actual process of making rum and whiskey, from fermentation and aging to bottling.
The guide will show you the process of making rum their mini tank of fermenting molasses and a distillation. You will be asked to open a jar and sniff to found out what fermented molasses smells like.
The family has been experimenting with blending their whisky from local natual materials from scratch. This is the first locally, wholly domestically produced whisky in The Philippines. As practice most makers just opt to source flavours from abroad, burt with the Limtuaco’s they’re really making it from scratch– they use local Zambales mangoes, local cacao beans, yellow corn from Isabela, and the rest of the liquor line up tells the same story.
50% of the tour would focus on the Limtuaco family legacy. Wall displays big portraits of the company’s master blenders and presidents.
To culminate the tour, a fitting liquor tasting flight experience is a must! We personally would recommend sampling The Philippine Craft Spirit Collection- fine local fruit extracts that are infused with their blended liquors.