Introducing Ironworks Distillery’s latest rum tale – a story of sailing ships and spirits.
Last year we chose two versions of our fine amber rum, 100% fermented, double distilled and barrel aged in Lunenburg. One was 8 years old, aged in heavily charred, used Bourbon Barrels and the other a 2 year old rum aged in new Hungarian oak. We blended them together, placed them in four Bourbon barrels then in February 2018, we lowered all four casks into the hold of Barque Picton Castle. A week later they set to sea on what will be her seventh circumnavigation of the world.
After sailing 30,000 nautical miles and visiting 28 ports in 21 countries, Picton Castle returned in June 2019 when we started working on the bottling and packaging of this unique release. The bottle is custom designed by local ceramic artist, Kara Highfield and was produced by the 250 year old French porcelain company Revol. Each box that holds these treasures was created by Mike Fraser from local pine, hand made and etched with Stephen Bishop's unique design illustrating the voyage.
Fewer than 1500 bottles of Around The World Rum will be available – ever. This is a one-time release of an historic product, born of a partnership between Ironworks Distillery and Barque Picton Castle. Half of the proceeds will go towards Picton Castle's seatraining scholarship fund.
We began shipping out the early orders of Around The World Rum in July and already have received some great feedback on the package. We continue to work at finishing the boxes which has proven to be the most challenging piece of the puzzle but we are now somewhat ahead of the game so most of the time when you order online you won't have to wait long to get your prized! Shipping is still free within Canada.
For those who actually want to open it up and taste the rum - it is a smooth and well developed spirit - full of the baking spice, rich vanilla and tobacco essences that we get in much of Ironworks rum. Added to that is the lively flavour from aging on the ocean that we find so familiar in our Rum Boat Rum and as finishing touch there are tropical fruit notes that we simply never get here in at home - perhaps all that time in the tropics has something to do with that?
Around the World Rum is on display and available for purchase at the Distillery or by ordering online.
Our talented photographer friend Raoul Manuel Schnell took some great shots of the whole thing ...