Senior Curacao of Curacao Blue
We are the only original since we have the only Curaçao liqueur processed with the dried peels of the "Laraha" (bitter orange native of Curaçao). Our Curaçao Liqueur is the international Ambassador for the Island of Curaçao.
Because many persons first hear of Curacao Liqueur and then they try to find more information about Curacao - the Island! We are proud to be a small distillery that is more than 115 years old.
Laraha ("citrus Aurantium Currassuviensis" or "Golden Orange of Curaçao") is indigenous of Curaçao, and is t he main ingredient of our "Curaçao of Curacao" Liqueur, the only Curaçao-type liqueur made with the original Laraha. All others are made using artificial ingredients that are orange-flavored. In Curaçao, there is the plantation that grows the indigenous Laraha. This plantation is located in the eastern part of the Island. The plantation has approximately 45 Laraha trees. Each tree produces approximately 150 to 200 fruits, which result in 25 to 35 kilograms of dried peels. The trees are harvested twice a year.
The harvesting procedure is rather unique, as the Laraha trees are quite tall (3 meters). Long ladders are used to pull the fruit from the trees, when they are green, because if they become ripe, the peel becomes too thin and is not useable for producing the liqueur. Each fruit is pulled with a piece of the sprig of the tree, because if you pull the fruit only, the knot of the tree dries up and it will not yield any more fruit. If you pull a piece of the "sprig" then the tree will continue to "sprout" and yield many more fruits.
The peel of each fruit is cut into 4 sections, which are roughly triangular. For this process, a wooden knife is used. A metal knife will stain the peels. The sections of peel are put on a metal plate under the sun to dry.
This process takes approximately 5 days. Under no circumstances can the peels become wet, so great care must be taken to cover the peels at night or if it is raining. The rest of the fruit itself is used as food for the "cabritos" (goats).
The dried peels are put into "jute" bags, which are hung inside the still with alcohol and water during 4 days. Afterwards the jute bags are taken out and the other secret ingredients are put into the still for an additional 2 days.
For Senior's Curaçao liqueur the alcohol and Tobacco Tax division of the U.S.A. has ruled that it is the only one which is also authorized to put "THE AUTHENTIC" on its label. To avoid any confusion Senior & Co. furthermore changed the name to "Curaçao of Curaçao" liqueur.
-From the producer