Enmore 1997 Rum Nation Small Batch
Rum Nation was founded in 1999 by Fabio Rossi, CEO of Rossi & Rossi and modelled after his highly successful whisky bottling company, Wilson & Morgan. Since its inception it has earned a good reputation for producing some excellent quality and value drinking rums, especially at the premium end of the spectrum.
This is a 1997 vintage Demerara rum from the Enmore still in its time spent at Uitvlugt distillery. Bottled from casks #2, #3 and #69 in 2016 as part of the Small Batch Rare Rums series.
Uitvlugt, pronounced [eye-flut] was located on the west bank of the Demerara river near the Dutch-established town of the same name. The distillery was established at the end of the 18th century and remained Dutch-owned until the government in Guyana began to nationalise and consolidate the country’s rum production in 1974. Thereafter it became part of the portfolio of Demerara Distillers Ltd (DDL), who closed it down at the end of 1999. Uitvlugt originally operated double wooden pot stills, however these were replaced by a four column French Savalle still in the early 1920s. A double wooden pot still was reinstalled in the 1950s however, moved there from the closed Port Mourant distillery. This rum however was distilled on the historic two-column wooden coffey still from Enmore, constructed back in 1880. Modelled almost exactly after the first continuous still patented by Aeneas Coffey in 1832, it is built from Greenheart wood which is native to Guyana and mostly used in boat-building due to its ability to remain strong while constantly wet. The wood is also well suited to distilling, stripping spirit of sulphites in the same manner that copper does. The Enmore still was moved to Uitvlugt along with the Versailles single wooden pot still when DDL closed Enmore distillery in 1994. It remains in operation to this day, as one of the “Heritage Stills” at Diamond, the country’s last remaining rum producer.