Captain Bligh XO Special Reserve
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  • brown sugar
  • caramel
  • vanilla
  • dry
  • milk
  • oak
  • coconut
  • butterscotch
  • cocoa

Captain Bligh

XO Special Reserve (0.75l, 40%)
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The Captain’s Rum!

The story of St. Vincent Distillers began in the early 1900s, when sugar was the main crop on St. Vincent. The Mt. Bentinck Distillery, as it was known then, built a distillery in the foothills of La Soufriere Volcano to make use of the readily available molasses from the sugar factory next door. Trouble and tough times for the distillery came when bananas replaced sugar cane as the main source of the island's economy, forcing the distillery to import molasses. It wasn't until 1996, when the Government sold the business to C.K. Greaves & Co ltd., one of the island’s most successful businesses, that the St. Vincent Distillery started to flourish again, and has since won many awards in international Rum tasting competitions.

Captain Bligh XO Rum Special Reserve is their most recognized and acclaimed Rums. It was named after William Bligh, an officer of the British Royal Navy known for the mutiny that took on the HMS Bounty, where he was set adrift by sailors under his command in 1789. In an extraordinary feat of seamanship, Bligh navigated the 7 m open launch on a 2 year voyage to Britain to report the mutiny to the Admiralty. Later, the captain took command of another vessel, and during his command, brought breadfruit plants to St. Vincent from Tahiti. In 1808 he was faced with another mutiny, as he attempted to stamp out the corruption in the Rum trade in the region, resulting in the so-called Rum Rebellion – the only successful armed takeover of the government in Australian history.

Captain Bligh XO Rum Special Reserve is made from fermented molasses imported from Guyana, distilled in a modern two-column stills and aged for up to 10 years in ex-Bourbon casks. It has won quite a few awards in the past decade, but was mostly under-appreciated until 2014, when it was named the Best Rum at the World Rum Competition. So, don't let the unassuming bottle confuse you. Captain Bligh is a proper Rum.

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  • brown sugar
  • caramel
  • vanilla
  • dry
  • milk
  • oak
  • coconut
  • butterscotch
  • cocoa
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You might find Rum masquerading itself under other nom de plumes, like Ron, Rom and Rhum.
Rum is why we measure alcohol proof. To make sure Rum wasn’t watered down, it had to be ‘proven’ by soaking gunpowder with it. If it was ‘overproof’ (higher than 57.15 % vol.), then the gunpowder would ignite, but if it wouldn’t, it was ‘underproof.’
Next time you have a tipple of Rum you can say that you're tapping the Admiral. This intriguing phrase comes from the great Admiral Nelson who was killed in the battle of Trafalgar off of Spain. The story is that his body was preserved in Rum to be shipped back to England but, when the barrel arrived, some of the Rum was missing and said to have been siphoned off by some desperate or unknowing sailors. It's a great story but most likely false.
Rum used to be accepted as a form of currency in Europe and Australia, a practice we should probably bring back into fashion.
Rum (usually) comes from molasses, the sweet and syrupy residue of refining sugarcane into sugar. Molasses is over 50% sugar, but it also contains significant amounts of minerals and other trace elements, contributing to the final flavor.
Mount Gay Rum is the oldest existing Rum company in the World dating back to 1705. This is also the year Guy Fawkes tried to blow up Britain’s Parliament.
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Character Dogson
You might find Rum masquerading itself under other nom de plumes, like Ron, Rom and Rhum.
Rum is why we measure alcohol proof. To make sure Rum wasn’t watered down, it had to be ‘proven’ by soaking gunpowder with it. If it was ‘overproof’ (higher than 57.15 % vol.), then the gunpowder would ignite, but if it wouldn’t, it was ‘underproof.’
Next time you have a tipple of Rum you can say that you're tapping the Admiral. This intriguing phrase comes from the great Admiral Nelson who was killed in the battle of Trafalgar off of Spain. The story is that his body was preserved in Rum to be shipped back to England but, when the barrel arrived, some of the Rum was missing and said to have been siphoned off by some desperate or unknowing sailors. It's a great story but most likely false.
Rum used to be accepted as a form of currency in Europe and Australia, a practice we should probably bring back into fashion.
Rum (usually) comes from molasses, the sweet and syrupy residue of refining sugarcane into sugar. Molasses is over 50% sugar, but it also contains significant amounts of minerals and other trace elements, contributing to the final flavor.
Mount Gay Rum is the oldest existing Rum company in the World dating back to 1705. This is also the year Guy Fawkes tried to blow up Britain’s Parliament.
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