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85 Lashes Rum Review

The micro-distilled spirits movement is in full swing in the US and new products hit the market every week.  The latest addition to our collection is 85 Lashes Rum.

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Picture 685 Lashes Rum Review
by Mike Streeter

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In a hip St. Louis neighborhood full of coffee shops, old brick homes and cozy corner bars sits The Stable, a brewpub and distillery that’s cranking out great products.

Open for nearly two years, The Stable is housed in a giant old brick building with iron-work framed doorways and beautiful architectural detail throughout.  The outdoor patio is a popular hangout spot during good weather months and gives way to the airy interior bar and restaurant space.  The wooden bar dates back to the days when Anheuser-Busch actually owned bars throughout the neighborhoods of this beer town.  The space is filled with large wooden dining tables, dark wood paneling, original fireplaces, antique chandeliers and character galore.  It’s awesome!

The brewery is housed in a large glass paneled room next to the bar and has an impressive array of gadgetry.  The Stable is known for their Lagers, but believe me, they brew whatever kind of beer suits your taste buds and also keep a nice selection of about 35 guest beers on tap and another 50 in bottles.

The Stable

The Stable

Antique bar

Antique bar

Dining space

Dining space

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The distillery at The Stable (Amalgamated Distilling) sits across the bar room from the brewery in an equally impressive space.  A window gives patrons an opportunity to watch the distilling process.  A 60 gallon copper pot still that was custom made in Arkansas takes up a good portion of the area.  They can turn out 2000 bottles a week with the right crew.  They make gin, peach brandy, grappa, and rum.  All spirits are sold in-house and at quality spirits shops in St. Louis, Kansas City and throughout southern Illinois.  They’re working with a craft-spirits distributor who plans to bring their products to other cities within the year.

Vaughn Pot Still

Vaughn Pot Still

Aging containers

Aging containers

Packaging

Packaging

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Their rum is called 85 Lashes and is made in small batches using half sugar cane juice and half molasses.  It is fermented for up to 21 days then twice distilled and aged for nearly a year using a French Oak spiral infusion technique.  The result is a very nice, mildly-dry gold rum with strong oak and whiskey notes.  It’s 85 proof and is far more complex than we expected for a rum of its age.

85 Lashes is packaged beautifully.  The attention to detail is amazing and results in a very unique looking product.  The 750ml bottle is short and has a shape reminiscent of an antique bell.  It is sealed with a high density cork and then covered in wax.  The label, which was designed by former bartender and artist Angela Merlot, depicts a female pirate figure with a bull whip and barrel of rum.  Really unique presentation.

Hand signed and numbered

Hand signed and numbered

Wax sealed

Wax sealed

Original label art

Original label art

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85 Lashes is medium amber in color and leaves long thin legs when swirled in a snifter. It hosts aromas of caramel, light vanilla, cinnamon, bourbon and has an earthy quality to it.  My first sip is very inviting and the rum is silky on the tongue with a small amount of heat.  It’s a bit on the dry side and has a surprising amount of oak up front followed by hints of allspice, butter and bourbon.  The finish is warm, smooth and notes of whiskey and oak resinate and eventually fade.

Nearly 3000 bottles of 85 Lashes Rum have been sold over the last 6 months and that number is sure to grow significantly in the coming year.  We highly recommend it to both rum and whiskey enthusiasts or anyone who appreciates hand-crafted spirits made without modern tricks and flavors.  As for cocktails, 85 Lashes mixes superbly in an Old Fashioned.

The increase in micro-distilled spirits on the market surely occurred as a natural progression from the microbrew scene and there are some wonderful products out there.  It’s great to see the guys at Amalgamated Distilling doing their work with such a high level of enthusiasm.  These are true artisan distillers and the pride and passion for their product is evident.  Keep up the good work, guys.  See you soon!!

Jake and Jesse Jones

Jake and Jesse Jones - Masters of The Stable universe

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The Stable and Amalgamated Distilling
1821 Cherokee St.
St. Louis, MO 63118
(314) 771-8500
http://www.thestablestl.com