COACH TRIP TO LICOR 43 CARTAGENA - Wednesday, 19 October 2016
There was excited anticipation from the 39 ARPO members and guests who boarded the Coach on a sunny Wednesday morning for our excursion to the Licor 43 production factory, followed by a train ride to lunch in the Mar Menor area. There had been a slight delay in the pick up times which, we were told by our Chairmain, was due to a 'delay with the incoming aircraft' ... but everyone soon settled down, chatting and watching the scenery as we took the N332 to Cartagena.
As we arrived at the distinctive "Lego coloured" factory unit of Licor 43, we were warmly greeted by the staff at the tasting bar and everyone received a large glass of coffee containing our first taste of 43! After a short introduction video, the group was then split in two and each hosted by an English speaking guide around the production unit (fermentation, mixing and resting) and then through the bottling, labelling and quality checking area. Finally we were given a history of the original family, who still own the business today, and a very comprehensive insight into the evolvement of the product at the excellent museum on site.
Following on was more tasting at the bar - a shot of 43 with single cream which created the look and name of 'Mini Beer' together with a cocktail of Lime, lots of ice, ginger ale and a measure of 43, called Ginger 43, which seemed very well received by our party judging by the loudness of the chatting!
We then boarded the coach for the short journey to the train station at Cartagena and despite a very small (two carriage) train arriving at the platform, we all piled on for the journey to the end of the line at Los Nietos, passing through old mining towns of years gone by. A short walk from the train station was Antonio's restaurant on the beach, where excellent quality of food was provided for lunch. A small cash raffle was organised by Fred and Dreena Wharton.
A vote of thanks was given to the staff of the restaurant and grateful thanks and applause were given by all who attended to John & Linda Devine for arranging such an interesting and different day.