Curaçao Liqueur Factory
Enjoy the real Blue Curacao at Landhuis Chobolobo
Blue Curacao is definitely one of the most famous liqueurs in the world. But did you know that we produce this liqueur, in the traditional way, here on the island at Landhuis Chobolobo? A visit to the factory of The Genuine Curacao Liqueur is a journey through local history. Where you can experience the production process of the Genuine Curacao Liqueur and enjoy the taste such as it has been produced since 1896.
The history of the Genuine Curacao Liqueur
Shortly after the discovery of the island in 1499 the Spaniards planned for, amongst others, the agricultural development of Curacao. One of the plants they carried with care on their long sea voyages from Spain was the so-called “Valencia” orange. But the sizzling sun and arid climate were too much for the colorful sweet oranges, and the trees were left to whither in the wild as their fruit evolved into a bitter reflection of its former glory. And it was not till decades later that someone discovered that the peels of this orange, thoroughly dried by the sun, contained etheric oils with an extraordinary pleasing fragrance.
By this time, the stepchild of the Valencia orange had received its own botanical name: “Citrus Aurantium Currassuviensis”, meaning “Golden Orange of Curacao”. In the local tongue simply named “Laraha”.
The family Senior & Co. produces its ancient old liqueur in the famous Landhuis Chobolobo. Landhuis Chobolobo was built in the early 1800's. It is located in the center of a piece of land which has an area of 10,500 m². (2 ½ acres). The property's history is rather sketchy, but we do know that in the early 1900's it belonged to the Family Jesurun. In 1947 the property was purchased by N.V. Senior & Co. and since then Landhuis Chobolobo is the home of the Genuine Curacao Liqueur.
The Genuine Curacao Liqueur
Until today the Genuine Curacao Liqueur is the only liqueur that is made of the peels of the “Laraha”. It’s produced in 5 different colors; the original clear liqueur, the famous Blue and Green, Red and Orange as well. And there are also the special tastes; Coffee, Chocolate and Rum Raisin. All with a special detail because the Genuine Curacao Liqueur is Kosher certified.
Free tours at Landhuis Chobolobo
Landhuis Chobolobo is located centrally in Salina and it is one of the few free accessible country houses. Join the self-explanatory tour through our Visitor Center that includes a free tasting of one of our fine liqueurs.
Hours are Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.
We are also open on holidays and weekends when there is a tourist ship in the harbor.
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