Guyana Single Cask Selection
Age: 21 years (2 tropical, 19 continental)
Natural Colors: Yes
Cask type: Refill rum cask
ABV: 56.0 % (cask strength) – 360 bottles
Jamaican distillery Clarendon was built in 1949 at Monymusk Estate near Lionel Town. The Monymusk Estate got its name in the 18th century after the Grant family of Monymusk from Aberdeenshire in Scotland. They gained this area in Jamaica as a dowry when Archibald Grant married Mary Callander, the daughter of the doctor James Callander from Jamaica in 1755. The Monymusk Estate remained the property of the Grant family until the beginning of the 19th century. The rumours say it has been gambled away. In the early 20th century was the Monymusk Estate bought by C.J. Ward to increase the production of his company J. Wray & Nephew. Lindo Brothers bought the company in 1916 and during the 20th century Monymusk Estate changed owners several times. In 1976 was Monymusk Estate as well as the Clarendon distillery bought by the Jamaican government through the National Rums of Jamaica (NRJ Group).
County Demerara in Guyana has been connected to rum history since the 17th century for its sugar production, that goes back to circa 1658. In 1670, each sugar factory had their own little distillery built next to it. There were over 300 estates in Guyana by 1780 producing their own rums from molasses. In the late 18th century these estates started to fuse due to a dramatic drop in the price of sugar and also to the new tax system. This continuous fusing has resulted in only 9 functional distilleries in 1942. Uitvlugt distillery was one of those last standing Mohicans.
The name Uitvlugt (pronounce “eye-flut“) comes from the surname of the Dutch settler Ignatius Charles Bourda Uitvlugt who owned a sugar plantation in this area in 18th century. This plantation carries his name as well as the sugar mill, the distillery, and the nearby village. The acronym ICBU (his name initials) is still to be found on certain rum bottles produced in this distillery. The plantation was founded sometimes between 1759 and 1776 for sugar and coffee plants and it was used purely for sugar cane since 1838. The Uitvlugt distillery set in the middle of the neverending plantations on the west side of the Demerara river was first mentioned in the end of the 18th century. The distillery flourished even through the thin times and a new sugar mill that supplied molasses to the distillery was built in 1871 (the sugar mill exists till nowadays). During the merging of the estates the distillery equipment was moved from the closed to the functional distilleries which gave Uitvlugt the perk of owning many different distillation stills at the beginning of the 20th century, and therefore to make many varieties of rums – from light to heavy ones. The most versatile still from all of them was “French Savalle Still“ installed in 1921 (another one in 1980) and which was able to produce up to 9 different types of rums including the ones from long lost distilleries such as Skeldon, Albion, La Bonne Intention and Blairmont.
In 1974 the Guyana government has started to privatize sugar plantations and distilleries in order to create one large united company – Guyana Liquor Corporation (now called Demerara Distillers Ltd. or DDL) with only one functional distillery, which eventually became Diamond. The merging process has been accomplished in December 1999 when even the Dutch distillery Uitvlugt closed down. Due to its large stock of aged rum inside the warehouses it is still possible to find independent bottlings of rum produced in this unique distillery from the times when it was still prospering and its rums were appreciated for their high quality and unique character.
The bottle you are holding in your hand was bottled at barrel strength without any added caramel. Its content is the most sincere witness of the quality that the Uitvlugt distillery could offer and keep for over 200 years. All thanks to the dedication of master blenders who served the tradition and virtue that was handed from generation to generation since the 17th century.
NOSE: Black Tea, Citruses, Herbal, Vanilla, Mint, Technical
TASTE: Citruses, Oily, Burnt Oak, Chocolate, Grass
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