From Crested Butte, Colorado — some say the last great Colorado ski town — comes a fine aged American craft rum with a unique flavor profile from Montanya Distillers.
Montanya’s limited edition Exclusiva is a pot still aged rum that rests for 30 months in American White Oak Barrels that previously held Colorado whisky. It is then finished for six months in a French Oak barrel that recently held Sutcliffe Vineyard’s Colorado-made Cabernet Sauvignon and Port.
“Many rums on the market today contain only a fraction of the oldest rum they advertise on their labels,” said Karen Hoskin, Co-founder and President of Montanya Distillers. “However, with our Exclusiva rum, this is a single barrel rum, which is aged for three years. Every bottle is marked with its barrel number.”
Aromas of earth, cane and brown sugar are complimented by the oak and wine berry notes over hints of baking spice and vanilla. On the palate, the aged rum spirit is well enhanced by the wine barrel accents revealing notes of honey and raisin, vanilla, port and whiskey before fortified wine and butter linger into the long finish.
Exclusiva is the first line extension since Montanya Distillers opened in 2008. It will mainly be available in Colorado through Republic National Distributing Company and at Montanya’s tasting room in Crested Butte, Colorado.
“We have always wanted to age a rum in the barrel for longer than the Oro and Platino,” said Karen. For the first five years we were in business, all we could do was keep the Oro and Platino in stock, so the Exclusiva kept getting bottled and sold as Oro. Finally we just had to commit to it. It was worth the wait — it is such a unique rum. Not everyone will understand what we are doing with this rum’s flavor profile, because it finishes dry and tannic unlike most rums which finish sweet with a rush of caramel. The vinous character of this rum is something I personally love, because I have always preferred my rums more dry. I love what the French Oak and its Port contribute to the Exclusiva’s smoothness. But if you are looking for a traditional Caribbean style rum, this is not it. It is made from only 12% molasses, This is mountain style all the way — raw unrefined cane, altitude age and mineralized mountain water to proof. It is just plain different and worth a sip.”
Exclusiva joins Montanya’s Oro dark aged rum and Platino light aged rum, which together have won 19 gold and silver medals in international competitions. The Platino also won two Best in Class designations and was named Best White Rum at the World Rum Awards in 2015.
The brand has gained a solid reputation not only for creating well crafted spirits, but also for their philosophy of incorporating smart and sustainable technology, such as their 100% wind powered distillery and tasting room. The barrel aging facility includes a south-facing solar wall which warms the barrels and opens the pores of the oak during daylight, then allows the crisp mountain temperatures to cool the barrels at night, emphasizing the interaction between spirit and wood.
Montanya Exclusiva in the 750ml bottle sells for $59.
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