Arriving in Cuba at the end of the 18th century, Don Juanillo Oliver created a tobacco and then a sugar cane plantation. His descendants started specialising in the distillation of rum around 1870. The 1959 revolution and family migration had a devastating effect on the distillery. In the mid-1980s, a descendant of the family returned to Cuba and re-established the distillery using documents belonging to his ancestors. The Oliver family decided to reconnect with family traditions and set up a distillery in Santo Domingo where the climate and soils were similar to those where the distillery originated from. Today, Oliver & Oliver, directed by Pedro Ramon Lopez Oliver, does not distil but selects the best distillates available in the Caribbean, mainly in Panama and Trinidad, for the making of Opthimus rums, aged the solera method.