New England Distilling Eight Bells Rum
*please note that the ABV of this bottle may vary California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.
  • smoky
  • grain
  • ginger ale
  • caramel
  • peaty
  • vanilla
  • sweet
  • malt
  • figs

New England Distilling

Eight Bells Rum (0.75l, 45%*) *please note that the ABV of this bottle may vary
Price $49.99

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All a sailor needs is New England Distilling Eight Bells Rum and a star to steer by. 
 
The folks at New England Distilling trace their spirited roots back more than 150 years. Ned Wright—great-great-great-great something of cousin or grandkid or other to the founder of Sherwood Distilling back in the day. But all that doesn’t mean a thing if it ain’t got a swing … meaning that history is useless unless you make something great with it. 
 
Ned is doing his family proud form a direct-heat, small-batch copper-pot still located so far East that it’s almost in Europe (actually, Portland Maine). Today, New England Distilling produces three-banded spirits: Ingenium Gin, Eight Bells Rum, and Gunpowder Rye. All of them have won awards and each one is worth the price of admission. 

 
If you look carefully at the label of New England Distilling Eight Bells Rum you can see an image of a rain-slicked sailor who is using a sextant to dead-recon the ship's position. That is a painting by a famous American artist—Winslow Homer, a New England native—that is named “Eight Bells” and refers to the scheduled time a day’s navigation measurements were done. 
 
We love it when small-batch distillers twist in these little hidden Easter Eggs for us to find. Eight Bells Rum is more than a lesson in Rum-soaked maritime history, it is a solid, award-winning example of Rum-making. It starts with perfectly fermented Caribbean molasses. Then it’s distilled in their custom direct-fire, copper-pot still and aged a minimum of 2 years in ex-Bourbon casks. 
 
The bells you hear ringing right now are the “buy” signal. All a sailor needs is this Rum and a star to steer by.
 

*please note that the ABV of this bottle may vary California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.
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  • smoky
  • grain
  • ginger ale
  • caramel
  • peaty
  • vanilla
  • sweet
  • malt
  • figs
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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.
Common Rum classifications: White, Golden or Amber, Dark, Spiced, Añejo and Age-Dated Rums.
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 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.’
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Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
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.
Common Rum classifications: White, Golden or Amber, Dark, Spiced, Añejo and Age-Dated Rums.
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 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.’
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