IRONWORKS DISTILLERY Rum Boat Rum
A blend of four barrels of Ironworks rum, that vary in age from two to five years. The rums are aged both on land and at sea on their floating boat warehouse, “Black Beauty”. This is a lively spirit, tasting of warm fig and vanilla and the spiciness of oak, with great depth and complexity of flavours and a completely natural medium amber colour.
AB CSPC +818113
Region: Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia
It’s the Motion of the Ocean
Rum’s aging process requires humidity, consistent temperature, good quality oak, and for really great rum — constant movement. Once upon a time, Rum was transported all around the world in the hulls of ships. Distilled from molasses made from sugar cane that was grown on islands off the north western coast of Africa, and in the Caribbean, it was shipped all over Europe and to the New World. It was seen as an essential part of sailing life. Starting in 1731, the British Royal Navy received a daily pint of Jamaican rum for each man and a half. See also: Pirates.
A few years ago, Pierre and Lynn (co-founders of Ironworks) decided it was fitting that they should be aging some of their small-batch rum out in Lunenburg Harbour. “Captains who transported barrels of rum around the world discovered that the rum was far better at the end of the journey than the beginning,” says Pierre, “and that had to do with the time and the motion and the effect of the spirit against the oak wood in the barrel.”
They found the hull of an old fishing vessel, named it “Black Beauty” and anchored it out in the harbor. Black Beauty has a 24-barrel capacity, and the 20 or so barrels that hold the Rum are brought ashore twice a year to be bottled.