I think it is safe to assume we LOVE rum.
To be frank, the only things we love as much as rum are our families (wives included, where applicable – meaning those of us who have wives, not those of us who love our wives), wagyu, rugby and cricket (even though it makes us cry sometimes. Certain teams and certain players, anyway).
Quite early in our journey it became clear that we are not alone. Thankfully. You might also have picked up that we don’t shy away from collaborating or doing our “homework”. For this reason, it only makes sense that we love other rums and others who love rum.
At the top of our list are these three distilleries in the United States we visited before opening our own distillery. For filling us with a mixture of nostalgia and inspiration. They are Siesta Key in Sarasota who specialises in infusions, Kicking Mule Handcrafted Rum in Louisiana and Wicked Dolphin Artisan Rum in Florida. Kicking Mule, we relate to particularly because, just like us, they create “world class rum by keeping things local.” It also inspired us that they put up a quality distillery in a barn on a farm, which made perfect sense to us – as you can see. There is also a bit of a back story behind our history with Kicking Mule. We went on a very memorable hunting trip with one of the founders, a judge. True story.
Siesta Key Distillery
Siesta Key Distillery
Having drinks with the Judge from Siesta Key Distillery
Copper Bottom Craft Distillery in Holly Hill, North America, deserves a special shout-out. If you have been following Whistler rum, you would know that we did some rum training at the Moonshine University, Louisville, Kentucky (It really exists…just google it). Well, one of our class mates, Jeremy Craig, Co-founder and Head Distiller of Copper Bottom Craft, launched his rum roundabout the same time Whistler Rum was launched. Jeremy, if you read this, we would love to try some of your rum. How about we send you some of ours and you send us some of yours?
Our ultimate rum crush is on Foursquare Distillery in Barbados for becoming the first rum brand in history to win the Supreme Champion award at the International Spirits Challenge (ISC), leaving renowned brandies, whiskies and gins in their dust. Something to aspire to.
That’s it. For now. For other rum things we love, keep an eye on this blog.
If you only have eyes for Whistler, no problem. Head over to our shop and start sipping.
Visiting Bayou Rum
Moonshine Class at Vandome Copper Still Manufacturer
In class at Moonshine University
Instructor at Moonshine University