Nearly fifty years after the end of the Royal Navy rum ration, independent spirits bottler Elixir Distillers launches Black Tot 40 Year Old, a 100% demerara rum, the very style of rum that would have made the heart of the daily ration once enjoyed by our naval servicemen.
St. Lucia Distillers was recently sold to a French owned company Groupe Bernard Hayot and since their acquisition there have been talk about the future of St. Lucia Rums and which direction they would be steered in under the new management. One of the most interesting changes will be the 1931 range, which will now be sold under the Chairman's range of rums as "Chairman's Reserve 1931." Currently there are 6 editions available of the old 1931 editions, and it is advised rum enthusiasts and collectors should grab them while they last.
The 1866 Tumbulgum Rum is the third and latest rum from Husk Distillers and was released to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the town of Tumbulgum. Unlike Husk Rum and the new make Pure Cane, 1866 Tumbulgum Rum is aged exclusively in new American oak and ex-Bourbon barrels for 3 years.
ARS, France, March 10, 2017 /Refined Vices/ - Maison Ferrand, the award winning Cognac, Gin and Rum producer in the heart of Cognac, France, has acquired the historic West Indies Rum Distillery in Barbados which has produced rum continually since the 19th century. Maison Ferrand is the owner of the Plantation rum brand with global distribution in 68 countries. The company produces Cognac and gin at its facility in Cognac, France and the purchase of West Indies Rum Distillery (WIRD) marks the first distillery acquisition outside of France. The acquisition signifies Maison Ferrand's long term commitment to the quality production of Plantation rum.
To say that I am excited to write about new products like The Husk Distillers Pure Cane New Make is a complete understatement. I always knew Australia had the potential for greatness when it came to rum distillation; here we have the right climate for growing sugar cane and ageing rum as well as a massive local support base, who are learning to appreciate authentic rum and sugar cane spirits.
Sparrow's Premium Rum is another St. Vincent Distillers product that sits under their flagship product Captain Bligh XO. The name of course comes from Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean and got its name after The Curse of the Black Pearl was filmed on the island. It comes in the same simple style bottle as Captain Bligh XO but has a dark label.
St. Vincent is a rum producing island South of St. Lucia and west of Barbados and is probably one of the lesser known rum producing islands, however rum has been produced on the island since the 1900s. The history of the islands rum production is turbulent to say the least as there have been a few changes in ownership and the local sugar production has been on and off.
There are many fine rums that come from St. Lucia such as the wonderful 1931 series, Admiral Rodney and the Chairman's Reserve line. These are all well known rum brands, however I have been allowed the privilege to taste two unreleased rums from St. Lucia Distillers. Both are aged Pure Single Rums, one from molasses and the other one being the distillery's very first distillation from sugar cane juice.
Refined Vices was established in 2007 to provide rum reviews and whisky reviews at a time when there were not many reviews available. The core concept is and has always been the same; to provide in depth reviews and excellent quality photographs for the consumer to help them make an informed decision before committing to purchase.
As we launch our fourth iteration of the website, we have made significant changes to the design, rating system and most importantly we’ve adopted a new type of rum categorisation. Read below why and how we’ve changed.