The growth of the micro-distilled spirits industry has exploded in the US over the last few years and we’ve had the pleasure of sampling a few very nice new rums. So, when we heard about the first rum distilled legally in Massachusetts since the days of prohibition we had to try it. The folks at Berkshire Mountain Distillery were kind enough to send us a bottle of their Ragged Mountain Rum and upon arrival we cracked it open with great anticipation. I’m happy to report that we were not disappointed.
The story of Berkshire Mountain Distillery is an interesting one. In a nut shell, Chris Weld, founder and CEO, has a lengthy background in biochemistry and dreamt of distilling his own variety of spirits for longer than he can remember. He set up shop in the loft of a barn in Western Mass. with an entrepreneurial spirit, science know-how and a brand new, custom made pot still. After a period of intense testing and mastery of new equipment, Chris and the gang started turning out three really nice spirits. Their gin and vodka have won awards in small-batch competitions around the country and Ragged Mountain Rum is rapidly earning a good reputation.
Ragged Mountain is a medium amber colored rum and is presented in an old school bulge neck bottle stamped at the crest with BMD. Great packaging! The aroma is of straw, roasted nuts, cinnamon and is quite inviting. The initial taste has a bit of heat and the cinnamon is most pronounced. The finish is quite dry and moderately long. Our second tipple of Ragged Mountain was with a few ice cubes and it became quite a bit smoother and sweeter. What we found was an exceptional new small batch rum that is far more complex than other micro-distilled spirits on the market.
BMD’s line-up, including Ragged Mountain Rum, is now available throughout New England and my guess is that distribution will continue to grow to other regional markets. This is a unique product and one that you should definitely seek out. Cheers. www.berkshiremountaindistillers.com