Friday, June 06, 2014

June 6, 2014 - You're in the Desert... You're Thirsty - RUM!

Pretty excited to talk about today's Distiller - But..... Wanted to stop and acknowledge an anniversary today. Seventy years ago the largest navel invasion of a country was initiated. No one believed that the 5000+ ships could be amassed to invade Europe to wrest control from the Axis powers. The Allies not only did it - they worked through the problems to do it. They justified the losses they knew were inevitable, knowing the loss of some would free the many. D-Day, the beginning of the end of WWII.


That calls for a long pull on a great Rum - and we find great Rums by investigating Great Distillers... Lets look at Thumb Butte Distillery, in Prescott Arizona.
They are a maker of Whiskey, Gin and Vodka - Don't even mention their Rum in their intro - but as usual - RTRR is always looking - and we find:

Escalante Dark Rum

Let's hear about this dark Rum from the Distillers themselves:

Our dark, rich, honey-like rum. Distilled from Panela sugar from Latin America and aged in American White Oak.

Having been an avid fan of the journals of Lewis and Clark I believed that we could mine journal of the 1776 Domingues Escalante expedition for great daily details. Lewis and Clark noted what they ate for dinner and what they drank.

Frey Escalante and Frey Dominguez described every arroyo, shrub, outcropping of rock and the trails of animals but did very little documenting of their daily cooking and housekeeping. Imagining that they came up from Mexico and Central Mexico we could assume that they brought a supply of consecrated wine for mass and barrels of rum for medicinal purposes and a little lift at the end of the long day of exploration and proselytizing. I could find no mention of wine or rum.

As you can see from the map on our front and back label we live almost in the middle of the Domingues/Escalante circumnavigation of the American Southwest. Although this not the scale of Magellan, a dram or two of rum in the evenings would have been welcomed.

We have designed our rum using the same Panela sugar available in 1776 in the Caribbean, Central and South America and Mexico. This sugar has a rich dark smooth flavor that makes great rum. We age our rum in charred oak barrels until it flows like dark honey into your cup or is the base of your favorite cocktail. Lift your cup to Frey Dominguez and Escalante, whose name has survived in the annals of the Department of the Interior’s Grand Staircase/Escalante National Monument.

Now, I don't know about you - but I am thirsty!
The place looks great, the people sound friendly and fun -- Planning a trip? -- Thumb Butte Distillery is now On Our List!

Now, Thumb Butte -- How does Rick The Rum Runner get a sample to taste???

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