10 Rummy Reasons To Visit Australia

What aren't they making in Australia? There's a huge whiskey boom taking place, delicious wines, and a craft beer scene. Don't forget to add amazing rums to the list!
Jan 11, 2017
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    Herbal & Tart
    Mount Uncle boasts being Northern Queensland first and only distillery, with the name coming from the mountain the distillery rests against. Using as much local and endemic ingredients as possible, Mount Uncles Platinum Cane Spirit is made from sugarcane syrup, and also filtered through Cairns Tablelands volcanic rock for clarity. Note: Availability limited to Australia.
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    Sweet & Oily
    Hailing from the Kimberly region of Western Australia, Canefire Rum starts with sugar cane grown from the Ord River Valley in Kununurra. From there, it is harvested into an unrefined sugar, brewed with high quality yeasts, and refined again to remove the unwanted phenols, methanol and fusel oils. Canefire rumsare all Australian-developed, grown, owned, made and bottled in Western Australia. Availability limited to Australia.
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    Rich & Woody
    Beenleigh’s Port-Barrel Infused Rum is a limited edition line from the Australian Icon, with the release simply a chance to offer the public something outside the box and tap an untapped market. Aged for seven years, the rum spent the first five of those years in American oak barrels and the final two in ex-port barrels. Using the same local molasses from Rocky Point Sugar Mill that Beenleigh uses in all their products, the Port Barrel may at one time become a fixture product for the Beenleigh line. Note: Availability limited to Australia in 700ml sized bottles.
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    Sweet & Rich
    As the name indicates, the rum is copper pot-distilled, using a still known as "The Old Copper”, the only one of its kind in Australia. As Beenleigh says, it was modified a long time ago by “an old German Guy”. After the distillation, it is aged in ex-brandy vats, before being finished in charred American oak barrels for a minimum aging of two years in total. It is crafted with local ingredients. Sold in 1L-sized bottles with availability in western US (at 40% ABV) and in 700ml-sized bottles (at 38% ABV) in Australia.
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    Sweet & Fruity
    Black Gate distillery has made recent spotlight with their sherry cask whisky, but their rum has always been their pride and joy. Made from fermented refined molasses, the rum is double-distilled in a direct-fired copper pot-still and then matured for two years in a 100-litre ex-Sherry cask. Note: This is only available for sale in Australia.
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    Fruity & Sweet
    Beenleigh is Australia's oldest distillery, and a proud Queensland product. Made with molasses from Rocky Point sugar mill (15 km away from the distillery), vatted in ex-brandy vats and then matured in ex-bourbon barrels, Beenleigh is an Australian Icon in the rum world, with the 5 year old taking out various awards. Currently, this is only available in Australia.
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    Tart & Woody
    Starting as a limited edition rum, the Bundaberg small batch saw such success that it was decided it would become a permanent line in the Bundaberg range. The small batch is a blend of Bundaberg rums, from some of the youngest to some of the oldest, and is then matured in brandy barrels. Note: This is not available in the US.
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    Sweet & Hogo
    Opened by Bev and Ian Glen, Stone Pine Distillery was conceived with the dream of being the first micro-distillery in the Bathurst area. With a background in the alcohol trade, their dream is slowly being realized. The Dead Man's Drop rum is named after the Ribbon Gang, an Australian gang made of some 80 escaped convicts from the Bathurst area in 1830. Ten members of the gang were captured after a prolonged shoot-out, and hung on the 3rd of November, 1830. Available only in Australia.
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    Woody & Sweet
    Bundaberg selects two-year rums and ages them up to a minimum of four years in oak vats. The original bottling from Vat No 207 was released in 2012 with the first 5000 bottles individually numbered. Note: This is not sold in the US.
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    Bundaberg is a rum brand and distillery which was established in 1888 and named after the city where it is located in Queensland, Australia. This overproof rum is a little on the low side, proof-wise, clocking in at only 115 proof. Bundy, as it is affectionately called by its many fans, is available around the world, with the United States being a notable exception.