Renegade Rum – Making Waves in Grenada

Renegade Rum Distillery, Grenada

Wine & Rum.
Two spirits not normally talked about in the identical breath. However in visiting Renegade Rum, a brand new distillery and completely new idea in producing rum, we have been reminded extra of creating a wonderful wine, than rum. With a brand new distillery set amongst cane fields on the north-eastern a part of the island, and an idea akin to a number of the most interesting wine making, Renegade Rum is making waves in Grenada and fairly probably the rum-world.

We simply returned from a visit to the spice island, Grenada. We have been seated on the aircraft subsequent to a younger man who talked about he was going to Grenada on enterprise. Sarcastically, he was the Gross sales Director for a brand new rum on island named Renegade Rum. It was a reasonably lengthy flight, so we had ample time to search out out extra concerning the model and their distinctive idea. He was good sufficient to take our info and after arriving in Grenada, we obtained an invite to go to this pretty new facility. There we met Ruari, the son of Renegade Rum CEO Mark Reynier. He walked us by Renegade’s imaginative and prescient and distinctive method to creating their rum and provided us tastings of their present rums.

Ruari Reynier, Renegade Cane Rum

It was extraordinarily fascinating to listen to how Renegade applies the identical methodology and philosophy of the world’s best vignerons – terrior – to create this most uncommon rum. The French wine time period terroir refers back to the interplay between the soil, microclimate and place on a vine or any rising plant. Ranging from scratch on Grenada, Renegade had the prospect to determine all kinds of terroirs all through the island, each influencing how their cane grows and the flavors they’ll derive from it.

Sugar Cane at Renegade Rum Distillery

The Renegade Cane Rum Imaginative and prescient.
Reyniers’ imaginative and prescient to create a terroir pushed actually pure rum is available in half from his background in wine and his success with the idea in one other spirit, whiskey. Particularly, Waterford Whiskey. In creating Waterford Whiskey, the main focus is on the barley, whereas, with Renegade Rum, the main focus is on the sugar cane. No molasses, simply pure sugar cane. As acknowledged on their web site, “Is it potential to create a rum that may be taken as critically because the world’s best single malts? Utilizing terroir as our constructing blocks & sugar cane solely, the supply of rum’s pure flavour – no molasses – that’s what we search to reply.”

Horizontal fermentation, Renegade Rum Distillery
Pot Nonetheless, Renegade Rum Distillery

Renegade Rum at the moment grows 6 styles of sugar cane planted in 12 totally different sugar cane “farms” on Grenada. Every farm or “terrior” was fastidiously chosen primarily based on totally different elevations and topography and every terroir produces a cane whose expression carries its personal distinctive taste.

The Rum.
Expressions from a number of of the totally different terrior’s have been bottled with out being aged, and make for a really distinctive tasting expertise. These expressions are labeled with the farm title and are thought-about Pre-Cask. We puzzled if our palates may discern the distinction between terroir expressions, and we may! A number of Pre-Cask rums have already received awards: Pre-Cask Hope was awarded a Double Gold medal from the Fifty Greatest. Pre-Cask Lake Antoine (Decrease) and Pre-Cask Nursery have been awarded Gold medals.

Dunfermline Pre-Cask Rum, Renegade Rum
Rum Tasting on the Renegade Rum Distillery

Along with the Pre-Cask expressions, Renegade has not too long ago launched their first aged cane spirits: ÉTUDES. There are at the moment two ÉTUDES accessible: New Bacolet and Pearls – every named for the farm that produced the sugar cane for these aged expressions.

New Bacolet and Pearls, Renegada Cane Rum (picture courtesy of Renegade Rum)

Getting older for the 2 ÉTUDES happens in premium French and American Oak casks, earlier than being bottled naturally at 55% ABV. Roughly 6,000 bottles of every are being launched worldwide.

The Cane Code on a bottle of Lake Antoine Pre-Cask

The Cane Code.
One other factor that stood out to us is Renegade’s degree of transparency within the manufacturing and content material of their rum. Only one living proof, the Cane Code. Each bottle of Renegade Rum has a Cane Code on the again of the bottle. When the code is entered on the web site, it is going to open up a wealth of nice info and graphics concerning the origin of that exact rum. It even features a sound clip from the sphere the place this rum was harvested! Strive it! Enter the Cane Code from the picture above right here.

Ultimately, Renegade hopes to produces Cuvee’s or blends of the expressions. Given the quantity or terrior’s and forms of cane, this might result in limitless new blends.

There may be a lot extra to the Renegade Rum story and course of that we actually can not cowl it in a single small article. We encourage you to discover the story and the detailed information on their web site. We’re trying ahead to studying extra about Renegade Rum as they proceed to develop and to experiencing extra of their rum. As our tasting on the distillery proved, Renegade Rum isn’t just distinctive, it’s good!

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