Rum in Kentucky? Isn’t that a seafaring drink? Well, that’s a common misconception – but Rum is actually a drink of the Americas – a favorite in early colonial times. While Kentucky may not be a seaside state – it has more navigable inland waterways than any other state in the lower 48! Nautical themes are common along many of the lakes and rivers scattered throughout the commonwealth, where the riverboat reigned as king in days gone by. With a hint of Kentucky flavor brought out by bourbon barrel aging, we think OAK RUM will appeal to bourbon and rum aficionados alike!
Our rum is unique for many reasons, but first in that it is the only Kentucky rum, to our knowledge. In addition, it is made along the Town Branch of Elkhorn Creek, just upstream from some of the finest distilleries in the world – our source for the bourbon barrels used to age our product. We think you will find OAK RUM to be unique – a sippin’ rum at barrel proof. Like a fine Kentucky bourbon, this rum is best on the rocks, though it certainly works well in an Old Fashioned or Manhattan. The recipe combines the two spirits of the Americas together. Definitely a dark rum, but the bourbon barrel aging gives it a hint of bourbon and charred wood – OAK wood that is. We are very pleased with the results of our first aged product. We think you will be too.
First, the mighty OAK is the most common tree in Kentucky’s rich forest land. OAK trees have been logged for years in Kentucky, where the extensive network of rivers allowed for easy transport of timber throughout the United States. Riverboats made from OAK can still be found on Kentucky waterways to this day. Also, OAK is considered a symbol of strength and endurance, used in many military insignia. Finally, OAK wood is used for multiple purposes, but may be best known in Kentucky for its role in bourbon production – aging in particular. Given that we aged our RUM in previously used charred OAK bourbon barrels, we felt it was only fitting to name it after this noble tree.
Hence the name OAK RUM – a bourbon barrel aged product from Kentucky.
So, sit back, relax on your favorite waterside dock or countryside porch, and enjoy the best of two worlds: OAK RUM.
Below are a couple recipes to enjoy:
- 2 oz. OAK Rum
- 2 dashes of bitters
- 1 splash water
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 maraschino cherry
- 1 orange wedge
Mix sugar, water and bitters in an old-fashioned glass.
Drop in a cherry and an orange wedge. Muddle.
Pour in OAK Rum, fill with ice cubes, and stir.
- 1 oz OAK Rum
- .5 oz sweet vermouth
- 1 maraschino cherry
Add OAK Rum and sweet vermouth.
Mix and serve in Martini glass.
Garnish with a cherry, if desired.