The Rude Mechanicals team have side-stepped from their careers in the wine industry and have thrown themselves into the production of spirits. Having honed their skills, assessing the quality of wine, they approached this new project with the highest of standards. They have fully embraced the 'spirit of collaboration’ in their partnerships with brewing and distilling experts.
In the case of this molasses rum, Dr John Walters separates the heads and tails twice in a double distillation, in 200 litre copper alembics, to extract the purest hearts of the stills. Then the spirit is transferred into 600 litre demi-muids that have previously borne Rhône red wines. Here it develops its structure, richness and depth of flavour.
It's deep, amber-gold in appearance, with a heady nose of cocoa powder, allspice & toasted hazelnut. Gently nutty & textural on the palate with multiple layers of flavour including Seville orange marmalade, praline and red apple, Vigneron Rum finishes with length, tight grain and slight tannic grip from its time in demi-muids.
A sipping rum which also makes a mean Old Fashioned.