Rich Flavor Stoked in History
In 2016, we began making more than 200 gallons of Rum from 100% Maryland ingredients. This rum was fermented, double-distilled, and then sealed in four of our Bourbon Barrels for their scheduled embarkation date aboard the U.S.S. Constellation.
On one of the coldest days of early 2017, the four Barrels arrived on Pier 1, at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. There, Chris Rowsom, Executive Director of Historic Ships in Baltimore, guided his expert staff and Tobacco Barn’s volunteers through every step of the loading process:
The Barrels remained in the ship’s hold for more than a full year. During this time, the Barrels were subject to two very important environmental conditions: (i) constant agitation, and (ii) variation of temperatures (low of 9 degrees and high of 101 degrees). These two factors are responsible for exposing more of the Rum to the Bourbon-soaked and charred layers of the barrels than would be possible if they had remained in a standard warehouse. This is an important part of what is responsible for giving U.S.S. Constellation Rum its unique flavor profile. This is the only Rum in the world produced in this manner.
On another very cold day a year later, the four Barrels were removed from the U.S.S. Constellation and returned to the Distillery where the Rum was bottled, labeled, and readied for delivery to the following outlets:
- Bay Ridge Wine & Spirits – Annapolis
- California Wine and Liquors – California
- Patuxent Wine and Spirits – Lusby
- Port of Call – Solomons
- Social Coffeehouse and Cocktailbar – Leonardtown
- Total Wine and More – Laurel
- Twist Wine and Spirits – Lexington Park
- Wildewood Wine and Spirits – California
We hope you enjoy this Rum as much as we do. Please remember a substantial portion of the proceeds from the sale of this Rum is donated to Historic Ships to further their mission of preserving our Maritime heritage.
A Naval Tradition
It is only fitting we follow our U.S.S. Zumwalt charitable project with another project focused on Maryland, Naval traditions, and historical significance; the U.S.S. Constellation!
The U.S.S. Constellation is currently berthed at Pier one in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor where it’s in the care and custody of Historic Ships in Baltimore (HSIB). It was there in mid-2016 that we began discussions with HSIB for a collaborative project that would bring attention to the U.S.S. Constellation and its place in history.
With assistance from many agencies we received the necessary approvals to have our Rum aged on board the U.S.S. Constellation. As the ship is still on the U.S. Navy’s roles, this marks the return of Rum to the U.S. Navy after more than a 150 year absence.
We loaded the first two barrels of Rum on to the ship in December, 2016. The Baltimore CBS affiliate did a decent job of covering the story; here’s where you can find it. Maryland’s Department of Commerce also did a great job covering the event; here’s the link to their story.
It’s our plan to pull those first two barrels off of the U.S.S. Constellation in March and replace them with at least three more. We will bottle the Rum and should have it available in early April 2017. We’re hoping to be able to get about 500 bottles from this first voyage. A significant portion of the proceeds from each bottle will be donated to Historic Ships in Baltimore.
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