Colombia’s beloved sculptor and painter, Fernando Botero, was approached by Antioquia’s Fábrica de Licores to create a commemorative bottle and label for rum that’s been aged 15 years. The artist immediately agreed and got to work, sketching a bottle as unique as his paintings and sculptures with a detail from a painting he made in 2011 as the label. “It shows two men drinking,” he explained, adding that he thought it was appropriate, more so than a drawing of a woman would have been.
Proceeds will benefit the Antioquia Museum and Antioquia’s Institute of Culture; each will receive, if all 100,000 bottles are sold, 970 million pesos. The collector’s edition is yet another way to celebrate the artist’s 80th birthday and will be available next week, between November and January. The rum is made, according to production manager, Leonardo Gutierrez, “with crops that have been carefully tended to for many years. It’s a blend and has the finest attributes.”