Another addition to Intramuros’ historical places is Destileria Limtuaco, a distillery-turned-museum.
Old but gold, this is how we can safely describe the oldest standing distillery in the country. Destileria Limtuaco, a two-storey “bahay na bato,” recently opened its doors as a museum for liquor enthusiasts and even for those who just want to stop by and acquire knowledge on this notable part of our rich history.
Home to a heritage brand of the same name, Destileria Limtuaco rose to popularity for its fine array of Chinese and Filipino bottles, barrels, and machinery. They’ve recently been joined by collections of mementos from generations of master blenders.
According to Aaron Limpe-Aw, Destileria’s business development manager, for 35 years the place was exclusive to guests only, such as families and the elite. In 2018, they’ve decided to share their legacy to the public in line with their goal to impart knowledge, especially to students.
On January 29, Destileria officially opened to everyone who’s interested to participate in a trip down memory lane. Inside, one can find huge barrels which contain authentic and processed liquors from decades past, machinery that are used in factories before, and of course, some only-here bottles of wines and well-crafted beers.
Once you enter the museum, you will be treated to an educational tour around the place. An assigned guide will walk you throughout Destileria and give you a closer look at its history. Initially, the aroma of the place will get you nostalgic about the 1980s (even if you probably weren’t even born then). Yes, that’s how sensorial this museum is!
If you’re of legal age, you can experience for yourselves the taste of their liquors through their drinking upgrade. There would be bartenders to assist you in navigating their selection of bestsellers and classics.
“We have a portion there called The Gallery where the exhibit will change from time to time. We’ll also be opening the space for private functions,” boasts Limpe-Aw. “Lastly, we’re looking to have pop-up bars outside, but not fancy at all,” he clarifies. “More like street side inuman type pop-ups.”
Destileria Limtuaco is located at 482 San Juan de Letran Street, Intramuros, Manila and is open every Tuesday to Sunday, 9 AM to 6 PM.
The rates are as follows:
Adult – Php 100.00
Student – Php 50.00
Tasting upgrade – Php 100.00 (adults only)
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