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Old 06-25-2008, 01:47 AM   #21
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I just heard of another US rum-maker, Berkshire Mountain Distillers, from Great Barrington, Massachusetts. They're the makers of Ragged Mountain Rum, Ice Glen Vodka, and Greylock Gin.

"Berkshire Mountain Distillers’ Ragged Mountain Rum is a traditional pot still style of rum that is hand crafted in small batches at the Berkshire’s first legal distillery since prohibition. We age our over proof raw spirit in oak barrels before blending it with water that flows clear and cold from an on site historic spring that is celebrated for its purity. Our small batch method allows us to utilize only the finest fraction of spirit creating a full bodied rum of great sophistication and complexity."

I'm going to be quite close to their place on Saturday, so I might be lucky enough to find a bottle.
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Old 06-25-2008, 01:49 AM   #22
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List updated:

Charbay - CA (distiller)
Berkshire Mountain Distillers - MA (distiller)
Dogfish Head - DE (distiller)
Hurricane - MA (distiller)
Thomas Tew - RI (distiller)
Prichard's - TN (distiller)
Rogue - OR (distiller)
New Orleans - LA (distiller)
Cabana Bay - ME (Virgin Islands rum)
Maui - HA (distiller)
Whaler's - KY (Virgin Islands rum)
Treaty Oak - TX (distiller)
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Old 06-26-2008, 02:24 PM   #23
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Hurricane - MA (distiller)


Anybody ever try the Hurricane rum distilled in MA???
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Old 06-26-2008, 09:13 PM   #24
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Yep, I've had it. Visited the distillery a year ago, did a little blind tasting and picked it as #2 from what was there. Alas, all I can remember is that the winner was Barbancourt 5-star, and Appleton V/X was third. It was kind of an unfair "blind" tasting since I recognized those two immediately. Overall, it's pretty good, and interesting with some varied tastes. It's not what I would call a sipper, but it's certainly on the higher end of mixers (though maybe a bit too expensive for mixing).

I just checked my notes from the visit, and I'm cursing myself for taking lousy notes. What little notes I took... They do a 5-day fermentation, and was surprised at the thought that others can possibly do 24- or 30-hour fermentations. They used to use Jack Daniel's barrels (still have them for some batches) but have since switched to a limousin oak previously used for aging merlot. The do small batches from a 600-gallon pot still, and there is variation from batch to batch (they're growing and learning is my guess, mixed with uncertain and varying New England island weather).

I'm stretching my memory here, so take the following with a grain of salt.... If I remember correctly, each batch gets a slightly different label (or is it the proof) denoting a particular storm of each year (or some famous storm of the past??). The bottled proof was the highest recorded wind speed of the storm. Though aged at cask-strength, they reduce to a particular proof to denote the batch.

OK, not a bad memory after all. From their web site: "First released in late summer 2003, Hurricane Rum was introduced during the Hurricane season. This is done in honor of the awesome storms that cause havoc from the Keys to Nantucket . The rum is over-proofed to match the strength of the most recent hurricane that season. It is aged in bourbon casks imparting a wonderful golden color and distinctive whiskey flavor." And this leaves me wondering about the merlot barrels, but i do have that statement in my notes..?
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List updated:

Charbay - CA (distiller)
Berkshire Mountain Distillers - MA (distiller)
Dogfish Head - DE (distiller)
Hurricane - MA (distiller)
Thomas Tew - RI (distiller)
Prichard's - TN (distiller)
Rogue - OR (distiller)
New Orleans - LA (distiller)
Cabana Bay - ME (Virgin Islands rum)
Maui - HA (distiller)
Whaler's - KY (Virgin Islands rum)
Treaty Oak - TX (distiller)

Also Raileans, Hudson River, Sergeant Classick

My favorite gringo rum would have to be... a tie between two spiced rums, rogue hazelnut and n.o. spiced, though Ive yet to try a number of these. Sergeant Classick is coming to PA, should have it in a couple weeks.
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Also Raileans, Hudson River, Sergeant Classick

My favorite gringo rum would have to be... a tie between two spiced rums, rogue hazelnut and n.o. spiced, though Ive yet to try a number of these. Sergeant Classick is coming to PA, should have it in a couple weeks.
Hey Adam,

Did you happen to get that Sgt Classick Rum in yet? Id be curious to hear your review if youve tasted it.

we are always looking for feedback.

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Old 07-15-2008, 07:54 PM   #27
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Hey Dave! Unfortunately I dont think it has reached my distributors warehouse, though it is entered in the PLCB's system. Each week I ask about it. Weve already included it in our upcoming Rum Passport, so we should sell a decent amount when we get it.

Ill let you know my thouights when I get it.
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Hey Dave! Unfortunately I dont think it has reached my distributors warehouse, though it is entered in the PLCB's system. Each week I ask about it. Weve already included it in our upcoming Rum Passport, so we should sell a decent amount when we get it.

Ill let you know my thouights when I get it.

No problem.

Though i know it is actually for sale in PA now... you can eve get it online from the state liquor store, or however it works there

http://www.lcb.state.pa.us/webapp/Pr...W=0&npsiSD=ASC
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Old 09-13-2008, 05:47 PM   #29
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Any word back yet on the Ragged Mountain Rum? I was on the prowl today and saw it. I have a thing for renegade distillers (particularly since the mega holding companies have been buying up the smaller houses) but didn't want to lay out that kinda dough without a little bit of knowledge.
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Meh. I tried it at a local tasting and was really underwhelmed. In Massachusetts it will run you $31 for a bottle, and at that price I can get two bottles of a similar grade Caribbean rum. It is maybe $20 rum, and I'm not willing to shell out half again that. It was quite rough, both in the nose and the mouth, and not particularly complex.
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