The story of the Nuestra Senora de Las Maravillas (the “Maravillas”) actually began with a Spanish galleon called the Capitana.
The Capitana set sail from South America in October 1654 headed for the Pacific coast of Panama. It carried a treasure of freshly minted gold escudos, silver pieces of eight, chalices of gold and silver, and crosses encrusted with emeralds. Chests bulging with freshly minted pesos of gold and silver pieces of eight. Millions of dollars worth of treasure clawed from the earth by thousands of Indian slaves. And all for the greater glory of King Philip.
The treasure ship, along withe the Capitana, set sail for Spain on Oct. 18, 1654. Eight days later, they sank in a violent storm off the coast of Ecuador. The king`s treasure lay in 40 feet of water, with only the masts visible above the surface. When news of the disaster reached Philip in Spain, he was furious. Orders were given that the treasure must be saved -- whatever the cost. Slaves and divers tried to salvage what they could, using a crude wooden diving bell that enabled them to work underwater for short periods.
Most of the king`s treasure was recovered. The treasure was shipped to Havana, Cuba, where a larger fleet waited to make the perilous voyage across the Atlantic. This time treasure was nestled deep in the hold of the 650-ton Nuestra Senora de Las Maravillas, commanded by His Excellency, Captain General Margues de Montenegro.
The Maravillas was blessed by the Archbishop of Havana and set sail for Spain on New Year’s Day, 1656 along with 22 armed warships. The chief navigator was sure they had cleared the sand shoals and coral reefs of the Bahamas when all of a sudden; a reef appeared on the horizon.
A cannon was fired to warn the rest of the fleet to alter their course. Not all the ships responded to the warning and as the Maravillas came about, she was rammed head-on by a smaller ship. Water began pouring into the Maravillas’ hold and the masts of the two vessels became tangled. As the crews worked frantically to free the rigging, water continued to flood the Maravillas and she finally settled in 30 feet of water.
The crew knew the treasure had to be saved. As plans were made to recover the treasure, a storm moved in and within hours the Maravillas disappeared into the sea. Only 45 of the crew survived and the king’s treasure was lost again. King Philip IV died in 1665 without ever recovering the solid-gold statue.
Maravilla 8 Tasting Notes: Bombarda's Maravilla 8 features a delicate and rich aroma: with nutmeg, honey, vanilla, mandarin, Almond, Fig and coffee.
On the palate, it has a spicy and woody profile with notes of pepper, fig, almond, oak, with pineapple and dried banana. Almond, leather, mango, orange, and cinnamon notes characterize the long, dry finish.
The Maravilla 8 Year Dark Premium rum is the newest addition to Bombarda's Ship of the Line series. Captain James & the Crew teamed up with Total Wine to exclusively release this amazing rum. This exclusive Private Barrel release is only available online and at Total Wine locations in South Florida. Definitely a story to be heard, the tragic story of the Nuestra Senora de la Maravillas Galleon is from a bygone era of dangers and risks posed by treasure transportation and trade.
SHIP OF THE LINE - PRIVATE release:
To impart Bombarda's Maravilla 8 with its deep, balanced flavor, this exceptional dark Venezuelan rum was first aged in ex-bourbon barrels for 6 years, then further aged in select white oak barrels for another 2 years. The Bombarda signature style emphasizes the deeply expressive and complex nature of this 8-year-old Venezuelan rum through a double aging process. Bombarda Rum's selection of fine casks suitable for our cannons perfectly reflects this spirit's assertive personality.
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A Kings Treasure & Trials
Learn how the Nuestra Senora de la Maravilla's " Our Lady of Miracles" Galleon was salvaged in August of 2022 once again and its laiden hull of treasure recovered. Here is the story of a king, his treasure, his trials and its discovery off the coast of Grand Bahama.
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