Oldest PH distillery showcases legacy at Intramuros museum
Tucked in one of the streets of Intramuros is a spirits museum. Not spirits like ghosts but distilled spirits brandy, gin, rum, tequila, vodka and whiskey!
This is the Destileria Limtuaco Museum of the longest running distillery in the Philippines.
The space, which reeks of antiquity with its stone walls and hardwood stairs, was purchased in 1979 by the Limtuaco family although it was only developed as a museum later on by fifth-generation master distiller Olivia Olive Limpe-Aw.
Launched in 2018, this museum can now be visited as one of the five museums that are part of the Intramuros Day Pass, along with Fort Santiago, Baluarte de Santiago Gardens, Casa Manila Museum and Museo de Intramuros.
The museum was conceptualized by Olive after a visit to a wine museum in Germany. She realized the rich heritage of her family that could be of interest to the public through the museum.
Today, the museum will show not only the various products of Destileria Limtuacoover 40 labelsbut also a collection of bottles throughout the years, the machines they used to produce various spirits and family memorabilia, including the paintings of Olives father, Julius Limpe.