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HISTORICAL MILESTONES: 17th century

A fascinating story – During the mid-17th century, the colonial wars brought turmoil to the island of Jamaica. A beautiful young Spanish aristocrat making her home there with her family had to flee from the island, leaving behind all of her possessions. While escaping, her courageous maid managed to save one of the family’s most important treasures; a small jewelry box containing both a pair of black pearl earrings and an ancient manuscript with the recipe for a mysterious liqueur. In recognition of the great courage and devotion shown by the maid during the war period, the daughter chose to dedicate the recipe to her. And that’s how the liqueur got its name: TIA MARIA.

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