Friday, April 05, 2013

A Certified US Rum -- Railean

When I first started blogging about rum - American Made Rum specifically, one does not research too deeply before finding Railean Rum. "Americans now have a choice! In a market dominated by mass-produced, imported rum, RAILEAN is the first women-owned distillery to produce American Rum™ certified as "Made in USA"." Yes, they are proud of it too. I think they should be. As I read more and more about these fine rums the more I liked their whole attitude and focus. Working on getting a taste here in Chicagoland -- I'll let Railean tell its story....
The Resurgence of American Rum
The resurgence of American rum stared when Craft Distilleries became popular like Craft Breweries and Boutique Wineries. Consumer demand for higher quality, locally produced spirits prompted RAILEAN to establish the first rum distillery in Texas. Within a couple of years, RAILEAN became the first American Rum to become certified "Made in USA" in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission regulations. 

Events leading up to the American Rum Revolution™
2012 – RAILEAN® re-brands as Handcrafted American Rum™
2012 – RAILEAN® launches the first Handcrafted American Spiced Rum™
2011 – RAILEAN® becomes first rum to be Made in USA Certified®
2011 – Demand for products Made in USA increase due to poor quality of imports
2009 – RAILEAN® launches first American made “Single Barrel” Rum
2008 – RAILEAN® launches first aged spirit produced in Texas
2008 – Hurricane Ike rips through RAILEAN® Distillery and shuts down production
2008 – Puerto Rican and Virgin Island Rum industry receive $192 million government bailout
2008 – Foreign held Diageo receives 2.8 Billion in tax subsidies from US Government
2007 – RAILEAN® launches the First Texas Rum™
2007 – Craft distilleries become popular like Craft Breweries and Boutique Wineries
2005 – RAILEAN® establishes first and only distillery in Houston/Galveston Texas


My name is Kelly Railean, but most people just call me "RAILEAN". I founded Railean Distillers, LLC and constructed the first and only distillery in the Houston / Galveston vicinity with the vision of re-establishing the American rum industry in the USA. Most Americans don't realize that rum was the "Original" American spirit with over 60 rum distilleries in operation in the 1700's. To see this American tradition taxed and regulated out of existence was a sad day for all Americans.
Family, friends and co-workers thought I was crazy to quit the rat-race and start-up my own company; especially in a world monopolized by mass-produced spirits companies, where very few woman have ventured. However, my fascination and passion for sailing, tropical islands, pirates, parrots (and of course rum and tequila); determined my destiny. Today, my dream of owning a distillery & making Handcrafted American Rum™ has come true but it has taken over 5 years to get to this point. . . . . . . . 

. . . . Americans now have a choice between imported mass produced Rum/Tequila and higher quality Handcrafted American Rum and Handcrafted American Agave Spirits. My original vision to re-establish the rum industry in America is well on its way and the American Handcrafted Rum Revolution has begun. At the same time we are pioneering a new category of American spirit made from 100% Blue Agave.
We are fully committed to providing products Made in the U.S.A.; thus providing jobs, fueling our American economy and aiding in the recovery of our economic system.
I hope you enjoy RAILEAN Rum and Agave spirits - Buy American!!!
President & CEO

Railean Rum Products:


RAILEAN White Rum is distilled multiple times to produce a pure, smooth spirit. It is crisp, clean, refreshing and absolutely perfect for making tropical drinks such as Mojitos, Rum Punch, and Daiquiris.
It possesses an exceptionally dry taste and immediately comes alive on the palate with subtle notes of vanilla, sugar cookie, citrus and spice. The finish is smooth, clean and flavorful.

RAILEAN Spiced Rum

RAILEAN Spiced Rum is aged in small, new, double-charred, American oak barrels with a proprietary blend of spices and natural flavors. It is aged to perfection making it smooth, yet flavorful and perfect when mixed with cola.
The nose is sweet and spicy with vanilla bean, toffee, honey and nutmeg. The palate is of good body with notes of molasses and spice, and a hint of butterscotch. The finish is medium with spice and sweetness.

RAILEAN Reserve XO Rum

RAILEAN Reserve XO Rum is aged in small, new, double-charred, American oak barrels. It is aged to perfection making it smooth, yet flavorful and perfect for a premium Cuba Libre.
The Reserve XO has fabulous aromas of brown sugar, spice and oak. It is soft and well-rounded, and as it opens up; it reveals an array of chocolate, caramel and toasted walnut notes. The finish is smooth, warm and relaxing.

RAILEAN Small Cask Rum

RAILEAN Small Cask Single Barrel Rum has at least twice the age of the Reserve XO. It is aged in small, new, double-charred, American oak barrels, just like the Reserve XO. However, we hand select each barrel and then filter and bottle one barrel at a time. The Small Cask is rich and sophisticated with notes of oak, leather, and mocha. The first sip reveals toasted sugar notes, with hints of caramel and dark chocolate. The finish is long and full bodied with a delicious earthy and woodsy quality.

This rum is perfect for sipping on the rocks, or with just a splash of water or cola.


Railean Rum has a great website and Facebook presence. They have lots of info there and more of the story I shortened to fit here. I encourage you to visit and read, and try!
If you see Kelly tell her I sent you:

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