Blackstrap Rum is the same base spirit as our Blackstrap - packed with dark toffee flavours, fruity aroma, and a smooth, sweet rum finish. This release spent one year in oak, which has rounded out some of the sharper edges. The dark licorice flavours of the Blackstrap still show through, but aren't as dominant as in the unaged version. The oak also added some lovely vanilla notes on the nose, and a nutty, buttery flavour on the finish.
This spirit came about from Mike's love of premium Caribbean sugar cane rum, and Don's enthusiasm for trying new things. When we bought the first batch of blackstrap molasses from our supplier, we didn't know that it was different from fancy/sweet molasses, and that distillers avoid blackstrap molasses like the plague for good reason. The 60 litres of molasses that we'd set to ferment yielded us only 6 litres of absolute alcohol - when we were expecting more like 25. The leftover wash was sweet, meaning that a lot of the sugars had been left unfermented.
That was when we discovered why there are so few other blackstrap rums in the world. Blackstrap molasses is a nightmare to work with. Despite the nightmare, we still had hundreds of litres of molasses that we couldn't let go to waste. Not to be outsmarted by a bucket of sugar cane extract, we started experimenting, researching, and experimenting some more. Don spent almost all of his "free" time trying to find a way to encourage yeast to eat sugar. The challenge was to find a way to improve the yield of each batch without sacrificing the unique, dark flavours that hooked us on this stuff in the first place. Eventually, Don cracked the code, and in the spring of 2016, we bottled a batch of our white Blackstrap spirit, and put down three different casks of it to age as rum.
Our Blackstrap Rum is double-distilled, and aged for one year in a toasted European oak cask. This rum is non-chill filtered, and weighs in at 45.3%, which creates plenty of heat. We recommend serving it over a single cube for the uninitiated.
This spirit is only available online and through our bottle shop at the distillery. We can ship orders by mail to anywhwere in Canada.