Trinidad Rum 'Remember' Moon Import Reserve
Moon Import was founded by Pepi Mongiardino in 1980. Heeding the advice of the late, great, Silvano Samaroli, he opted to be "free from the big companies," and became the official distributor for Islay's Bruichladdich, and later Tamnavulin and Tullibardine, preferring however to procure casks from private owners. Mongiardino bottled his first whisky in 1982, titled the Half Moon series. Always beautifully labelled, Pepi is acclaimed for designing the packaging for Moon Import bottles himself, using images found in old books. The famous Birds, Animals, Costumes and Sea series were all labelled using pictures he discovered in an 18th century German encyclopaedia. These iconic designs, coupled with the quality of the liquid saw Moon Import steadily grow in popularity, and with the help of Intertrade founder, Nadi Fiori, they exported their first bottles to Japan in 2001.
This patent still rum produced in Trinidad was personally selected by Pepi Mongiardino and bottled by Moon Import in 2016. Trinidad is home to the sought after silent distillery, Caroni, but since its closure, only Trinidad Distillers (the home of Angostura) remains.
Part of the "Remember" series which featured four rums - Barbados, Guyana Jamaica and Trinidad - all adorned with lusciously colourful depictions of exotic bird life, created by long-time collaborator, the artist Nadia Pini.