Category: Industry Updates

News from the Rum industry. Annivesaries, new distilleries etc.

Grander® rum Debuts Two New Bourbon-Barrel Aged Rums in the US

Orlando, FL (PRUnderground) October 2nd, 2017 – Dan DeHart, the founder of the boutique Grander® Rum brand, announced that it will be releasing two new bourbon-barrel aged expressions – Grander® 12-Year-Old and Grander® Single Barrel.

“We believe it is time for the U.S. consumer to get introduced to well-crafted aged rum that sits comfortably next to the best whiskeys,” said DeHart. “Many consumers tend to think of rums as overly sweetened or only meant for mixing, but we are ready to change this perception.

“Grander® Rums are the product of one producer, from the sugar cane to bottling, and we age in ex-bourbon barrels,” continued DeHart. “We do not use coloring, flavoring or sweeteners, leaving you to savor the quality and authenticity of these world-class spirits.”

The award-winning brand introduced its unadulterated bourbon-barrel aged Grander® 8-Year-Old rum to the market and took home the gold at the 2016 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, along with a 92 rating at The Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2016. Grander® Rum is available exclusively in FL, GA, IL, KY, TN, and TX.

Grander® 12-Year-Old Rum is a beautiful marriage of carefully selected barrels that deliver an exquisite balance of smoothness and complexity. The Panamanian rum has been aged for a minimum of 12 full years in ex-bourbon barrels and bottled at 90 proof (45 percent ABV).

The extra four years of maturation in the tropical Panamanian climate delivers unique nutty flavors of toasted almond and nutmeg, imparting more density and nuances than the eight-year-old and is meant to be savored neat or over ice.

Grander® Single Barrel Rum is a limited release that has aged for a minimum of eight years in ex-bourbon barrels, bottled at cask strength and non-chill filtered. While Grander® 8 Year Old is a marriage of a small number of barrels and bottled at 45 percent ABV, the single barrel is just that – bottled at cask strength.

“We had a number of retailers ask for this and we delivered,” said DeHart. “Each barrel is a unique expression of Grander® 8 Year Old that was personally selected by the participating retailer,” said DeHart. “This is an extremely limited product with less than 1,500 750ml bottles produced.”

The new bourbon-barrel aged Grander® 12-Year-Old and Grander® Single Barrel aged rum provide novices and spirit connoisseurs with exciting options, each with its own unique flavor notes that’s sure to bring more awards and accolades to the boutique rum brand.

About DeHart Spirits

DeHart Spirits is the owner of Grander® Rum which is currently sold in six USA markets and three European markets. For additional information, visit GRANDERRUM.COM or follow them on Instagram @GRANDERRUM.

Climate change: a new rum from Scotland

Strathearn Distillery recently launched a new rum called Dunedin Golden Rum. According to their website this is “probably the first Scottish golden rum for over 100 years”.

Dunedin Golden Rum “has a bold fruity nose with notes of dark chocolate. A complex blend of sweet vanilla and spicy flavours gives way to burnt sugar and caramel with an oaky finish”.

Although this probably is an aged rum, it doesn’t carry an age statement. Bottled at 43% abv, Dunedin Golden Rum is available at Strathearn Distillery’s webshop.

Savannah Spirits Opens New Distillery, in Savannah

(Press release) Savannah Spirits Group has announced that it will open a new distillery in the heart of Savannah’s National Historic District in March 2018. The 12,000 square foot building, built in the late 1800’s, will also house an upscale chophouse with multiple dining rooms, a full bar and private event space with a terrace on the upper floors all surrounded by the original brick that has been uncovered during the renovations.

In the meantime, Savannah Spirits is currently producing its first two products off-site, Silver and Amber Rums. The rums are the first in a line that will include vodka, gin and whiskey.

“This has been a long time in the making and to introduce Savannah Spirits to the Low country starting with our rum, we feel,is the most apropos way to honor the bustling spirit of the region and its people, and to celebrate Savannah’s fanciful history,” says co-founder Dean Bell.

Heavily inspired by Savannah’s colorful history and often pit stop location for history’s most notorious rum-runners, both Savannah Spirits rums reflect the distinctive character and provenance of the city and express this through their harmonious flavor infusions. The Amber Rum, made with the guidance of expert distillers from ImperialSugar, fuses the caramel notes of Savannah Spirits Silver Rum with Imperial Sugar-made dark cane syrup to create a welcome addition to the dark rum world with a simultaneously abundant and mellow flavor.

Two more medals for Yolo Rum

Even more medals for Yolo rum. Source: PRNewsfoto/Yolo Rum

DENVER and SAN DIEGO, Sept. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Fresh off multiple wins at the New York World Wine and Spirits Competition, Yolo Rum‘s premier blend, Yolo Rum Gold, won a gold medal and new boutique blend Yolo Rum Clear won a silver medal at the 2017 San Diego Spirits Festival and International Competition.

“This is better than we could have imagined,” said Yolo Rum founder Philip Guerin. “Of course we believe in our product, but the number of wins we’ve gotten at these many prestigious competitions is a bit staggering. But we’re not going to let it go to our heads — stay humble, keep working, that’s our attitude.”

Held in late August at the Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, the San Diego Spirits Festival and International Competition attracted entrants and attendees from all over the United States and the world. One hundred sixty-two entrants participated in a variety of spirits categories. Ranked as one of the top cocktail festivals in America by Fodors, SDISF judges come from the ranks of top food and beverage buyers, writers, columnists, beverage directors, and sommeliers. This year marks the ninth anniversary of the competition and exposition.

Independent Scottish rum producer lands big contract with Tesco

Small Scottish rum producer Dark Matters Distillers has landed a large contract with Tesco Supermarkets. Owners Jim and John Ewen will soon be supplying 450 Tesco supermarkets with their spiecd rum.

Continue reading at BBC.com

Background: The Birth of a rum giant

This article details recent purchases made by Maison Ferrand (Plantation Rum) and gives an interesting insight in the rum business. With the purchase of the West Indies Distillery in Barbados Maison Ferrand also acquired a third of Long Pond distillery in Jaimaica, wich subsequently has been reopend after being silent for five years.

Continue reading at The Daily Beast: The Birth Of A Rum Giant

The Rum Masters 2016 results are in

The Rum Masters is an annual spirits competition organised by The Spirits Business and is dedicated solely to rum.  Three groups of judges from the UK blind tasted rums of all types, and the outcomes are sometimes surprising.

Click here for the results and more info about The Rum Masters

Beenleigh Distillery is again open for visitors

Opening hours are from wednesday to sunday, from 10am to 5pm. The distillery offers a guided tour complete with a rum tasting. For more information contact Gavin Butler on 07 3807 3737 or gavin.butler@beenleighrum.com.au.

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