Rum-of-the-Month | JUNE 2022
~ Beenleigh XO Rare Rum (New Release) ~
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The Rum-of-the-Month for June 2022 is the brand new XO Rare Rum from Beenleigh.
Led by Master Distiller Wayne Stewart, the Beenleigh XO Rare Cask rum is a meticulously selected blend of Rum matured in ex-Brandy Vats and Bourbon Barrels resulting in this luxurious Rum. Generous mouthfeel with toasted oak undertones lead into a long and luscious palate of caramel and sweet spices. Fantastic to see this bottled at 46% alc/vol, with no additives and non-chill filtered.
Rum-of-the-Month | MAY 2022
~ Germana Traditional 2 Year Premium Cachaça (Brazilian Rum) ~
The Rum-of-the-Month for May 2022 is the Germana Traditional 2 Year Premium Cachaça from Brazil.
Cachaça is known as ‘Brazilian Rum’ being produced from sugar cane juice, and was made famous for its use in the Caipirinha, one of the biggest selling cocktails in the world. To use the name Cachaça, it must be produced, distilled and bottled in Brazil. Cachaça actually outdates rum production in the Caribbean, with the process dating back to 1532, when one of the Portuguese colonists brought the first cuttings of sugar cane to Brazil from Madeira.
Germana Cachaça is a handmade artisanal Brazilian spirit, produced from sugar cane juice and maize, and is regarded as one of the best quality cachaças in the world. It is produced Vista Alegre Farm in Nova União in the Minas Gerais region of Brazil. The Farm owns around 600 hectares of sugar cane, which is grown without the use of chemical pesticides. The sugarcane fields are not burnt down, but instead the crop is cut by hand, bottling, adding the banana leaf outer wrapping and the labels and filling the cases is also done by hand. This makes Cachaça Germana truly and purely Brazilian artesian Cachaça.
Cachaça Germana is distilled in a pot still up to 54% alcohol / volume and are the only exporting distillery that practise sustainability by using the waste sugar cane by using at as the fuel for their direct fire pot still.
Germana Traditional 2 Year Premium Cachaça is a premium and refined Cachaca that is aged for two years in French Oak barrels, adding smoothness and softness. The Germana Traditional 2 Year Cachaça is ideal for those who enjoy a more refined tasting cachaça. The French Oak barrel ageing lends the cachaça a sweet and woody flavour.
- Double Gold Medal – San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2010
- Gold Medal – Concurso de Bruxelas
- Silver Medal – San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2009
- Silver Medal – National Hyatt Cachaça Awards
Cachaça Germana is called “Cachaça da Palha” in Brazil as their premium products are covered in “Palha” — leaves taken from the stem of the banana plant. Sergio Caetano, the founder of Cachaça Germana, was a “Tropeiro” who used to transport farm products like smoked meat,
corn, cheese and Cachaça to the gold mines with mules. Sometimes a mule used to slip on the mountain tracks and so bottles could break, leaving Sergio Caetano with fewer products to sell and swap. To stop this from happening, he started to wrap the bottles in banana
leaves to protect them better from breaking and also creating protection from the suns rays. And this was when the name Germana “Cachaça da Palha“ was born.
- DISTILLERY: Germana Distillery (Vista Alegre Farm)
- ORIGIN: Brazil
- AGE: 2 Years (100% aged at origin)
- CASK: French Oak
- ABV: 40% | 700ml
- MEMBERS ONLY PRICE: $74.99 (RRP $94)
Website: Germana Cachaca
> Germana Distillery (Vista Alegre Farm) in Nova União, Minas Gerais region, Brazil.
Previous Rum-of-the-Month | APRIL 2022
~ Rhum J.M XO (Extra Old) ~
The Rum-of-the-Month for April 2022 is the Rhum J.M XO (Extra Old) from the Caribbean island of Martinique.
Rhum J.M Distillery, founded by Jean Marie Martin (J.M) in 1845 is located in the north of Martinique (French West Indies), renowned to be one of the most prestigious brands for aged French rums.
In 1845, Jean-Marie Martin, merchant from Saint-Pierre and husband of Marie Ferment, daughter of a great planter from the island, purchased the Fonds-Préville estate sugar plantation. Jean-Marie Martin recognizes the superior quality of the sugar cane he finds on the Fonds-Préville estate and decides to cultivate the sugar cane correctly only for the production of Rhum Agricole. He built a small distillery on the estate and put his initials “J.M” on the first oak barrels used to ripen and transport his rum to the market. Since then, these two letters have become and remain the emblem of the most prestigious and superior rum known in Martinique.
Rhum J.M XO (Extra Old) is first aged for 5 years in ex-Bourbon barrels before being finished for a final year in French oak, the striking copper tone is unmistakable and precedes an elegant and complex flavour profile. A generous bouquet of various dried fruits and jams transition into a rich honey, spice, and almond palate.
Nose: A rich array of various fruity aromas are ever present on the nose including candied orange zest, figs, dates, prunes, and quince paste. Further exploration will reveal gingerbread notes seducing you with its elegance.
Palate: The strong dried and confit aromas of the nose are intensified on the palate and accompanied by the sweet note of tonka bean. This rhum is characterized by extreme depth and volume throughout and the finish is long and enveloping.
- DISTILLERY: Rhum J.M Distillery
- ORIGIN: Martinique
- AGE: 6 Years (100% aged at origin)
- CASK: ex-Bourbon + French Oak
- ABV: 45% | 700ml
- MEMBERS ONLY PRICE: $118 (RRP $150)
Previous Rum-of-the-Month | MARCH 2022
~ Admiral Rodney HMS Royal Oak Rum ~
Already a multi-award-winning rum from Saint Lucia, Admiral Rodney has evolved further and has been re-launched with two additional expressions to create a permanent range of three exquisite rums. Each year a limited edition “Officier’s Release” bottling is also released showcasing a unique and innovative cask finish, which will be our member’s only optional add-in (further details to be announced via email and on social media).
Admiral Rodney has been labelled by some of the world’s most respected rum aficionados as the best pure rum made on a traditional twin-column Coffey still. Staying true to what has made Admiral Rodney such a great success, these extraordinary spirits display exceptional blends of aged column distilled rums of different age ranges and finishes. Each distillate in Admiral Rodney Rum is withdrawn from the column on lower plates to capture natural characters of the rum, which develops over time aging in oak casks. Each individual expression shows the meticulous talents of St. Lucia Distiller’s Head Blender, Deny Duplessis.
Admiral Rodney HMS Royal Oak was in the vanguard of ships to engage the French in the famous Battle of the Saints. Captained by Thomas Burnett, the Royal Oak maneuvered skillfully and brought to bear all of her 74 guns on the enemy for the duration of the battle. With 8 men lost and 20 wounded, the Royal Oak played an integral role in the first skirmishes of the battle and encouraged us to create a rum of rarity, intensity, and boldness.
The Rum-of-the-Month for March 2022 is the Admiral Rodney HMS Royal Oak, the original Admiral Rodney blend, containing 7-12 year old Coffey still rum that has been aged exclusively in previously used Bourbon casks and blended to perfection.
Bright amber colour with a nose of prunes, raisin fruit, toasty oak and tropical spiced. Intense mouth-feel of sweet sultana fruit, tobacco, and chocolate, with vanilla from the oak. Complex finish with sweet fruit, caramel, and spice.
- DISTILLERY: St. Lucia Distillers
- ORIGIN: St Lucia
- AGE: 7-12 Year (100% aged at origin)
- CASK: ex-Bourbon
- ABV: 40% | 700ml
- MEMBERS ONLY PRICE: $110 (RRP $140)
Previous Rum-of-the-Month | FEBRUARY 2022
~ Beenleigh Flood Rum 2022 Limited Release ~
(Single Cask #1570 exclusive to The Rum Club Australia™)
LIMITED STOCK REMAINING FROM THE RUM CLUB ONLINE SHOP
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The Rum-of-the-Month for February 2022 is the internationally acclaimed and multi-award wining Beenleigh Flood Rum, with The Rum Club Australia™ privileged to exclusively offer the first Single Cask Release (Barrel #1570) of this truly unique rum.
With 137 years of history behind them, Beenleigh Artisan Distillery has seen its fair share of trials and tribulations. But in the spirit of a True Aussie Battler, they’ve always bounced back bigger and better.
So many visitors to the Beenleigh Artisan Distillery have been captivated by the story of the Flood Rum. Perhaps it’s because they remember all too well the effect that Tropical Cyclone Debbie had on not just Brisbane, but most of QLD. Perhaps it’s because it’s a story like no other.
On March the 30th 2017, Debbie unleashed her fury on Brisbane. Many homes were damaged; many had to flee. Brisbane effectively shut down. Beenleigh Artisan Distillery, located on the banks of the Albert River, is of course, no stranger to the effects of catastrophic floods. 1887 and 1974 were the “big ones” which the Distillery, resplendent with resilient spirit, withheld. But there were many more in between.
On the 31st of March 2017, the flood waters broke through and flooded the Distillery. Thus, the truly unique Flood Rum was born.
The Beenleigh Distillers had just put down a Rum ferment — usually a 48-to-72-hour process, before distillation and then maturation. But the water rose so quickly that the distillery pumps no longer worked, and the ferment was effectively stuck in our tanks for a 6 month period before they could be repaired.
Once the Distillery was fully operational again, Beenleigh’s very experienced distillers led by Master Distiller Wayne Stewart, ran this ferment through their Copper Pot Still. With a total of just 12 barrels laid down in 2017, this 2022 Release is the first single cask release of the Flood Rum following the maiden Distillery release in 2021, consisting of 2. The 2022 release is the oldest release yet, aged in an ex-Bourbon barrel (4 years and 5 months) and again bottled by hand at 46% alc/vol, with no additives and non-chill filtered. A truly unique rum that will be sort after for years to come!
For this Rum-of-the-Month, all purchasing members will receive a FREE 20ml SAMPLE of the Beenleigh Flood Rum 2022 Release to taste during an upcoming online Beenleigh Master Class & Tasting Session with Mr Steve Magarry, Group Distiller for Beenleigh.