21 Jul Richland Rum, Richland (USA)
Richland Rum is one of only a few distilleries in the entire United States solely dedicated to handcrafting a “rhum agricole“: a rum from pure cane syrup, rather than molasses (a by-product of the refining of sugarcane into sugar).
Richland Rum is an all natural product. It does not contain any preservatives or other additives and has only two ingredients: pure sugar cane syrup from sugar cane grown at the founders’ 1800 acres estate, and natural water coming from the mountain ranges north of Georgia.
In earlier times, farmers were growing sugar cane in Georgia, as Georgia is the northernmost state where sugar cane can be cultivated successfully. Over the years and because of changing markets, many farmers lost their interest in the crop.
The development of the distillery however, renewed the interest in cultivating sugar cane in the region. Moreover, the distillery is the key driver for the economic redevelopment of Richland as a town, as Richland Rum is working to become a 100% Georgia-grown product.
The distillery makes use of open fermentation. Rather than seal the 4 fermentation tanks up, Richland Rum leaves the top open so that the syrup remains exposed to the environment. Furthermore, the distillery deploys two 1,000 liter all copper, gas fired pot stills, hand built in Portugal. The barrels that are being used, are all new American oak barrels from neighbouring state Kentucky (famous for its bourbon).