Mauritius’ Rare Penny Blue XO aged rum now in US
Interesting barrel display signpost at the entrance to the Medine Sugar Factory with sugar cane plantation in the backdrop (www.fotolibra.com)
Mauritius-based Indian Ocean Rum Company and UK’s Berry Bros. & Rudd Spirits announced the launch of Penny Blue XO Single Estate Mauritian Rum in the United States on September 24.
The super-premium rum will be available in its international avatar through importer Anchor Distilling Company, based out of San Francisco, California. And, the 750ml bottle of Penny Blue could be yours for $79.99.
Medine Distillery has been producing the finest Mauritian rums since 1926, making it the oldest working distillery on the island. The estate is situated a few meters from the sea on the western side of the island near Bambou.
Named after the world’s rarest stamp, Penny Blue joins another super-premium Medine-distilled Mauritian rum in the Anchor Distilling portfolio, Pink Pigeon.
Penny Blue blends the most exotic elements of Mauritius, which is known to house both rare stamp collections, as well as notable sugar plantations which have given rise to legacy rum producers. Deep amber with golden hues, Penny Blue has aromas of citrus and orange blossom with rich notes of espresso, clove and honey. Penny Blue is natural in color, is not chill-filtered and is bottled by hand at the estate.
The historical origins of the select rum’s name can be traced back to the Penny Blue Stamp, printed in Mauritius in 1847. It was snapped up by collectors because of its inscription: it erroneously read “Post Office” rather than “Post Paid.” Only twelve of the thousand stamps printed at the time have survived the ravages of time. The Penny Blue stamp is as rare and highly collectable as this small batch rum.
Medine’s Master Distiller, Jean Francois Koenig, joined forces with Doug McIvor from Berry Bros. & Rudd to hand-pick 14 individual casks at the very peak of their maturity. The single estate, limited edition XO Mauritian rum is a vatting comprised of rum that was matured in American oak whisky casks and French oak Cognac casks. Of the 5,946 individually numbered bottles picked out for US and Europe, the first batch of 2,500 will be sold in the US.
Founded in 1911, Medine Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius with a market capitalisation in excess of Rs 10 billion (Euro 244 million). The company is acknowledged as a major player in the socio-economic development of Mauritius and has taken an active role in shaping the western landscape of the island. Medine Limited has undergone a rebranding exercise in 2009. The new identity reflects the current ambition of this visionary and pioneer entity whose activities have been restructured into three distinct clusters: Medine Property; Medine Agriculture and Medine Leisure.
A profoundly changing economic context, namely with the slashing of EU sugar prices, led to a rethinking of the Medine’s strategy. The Medine Masterplan was launched in 2006 and since then, the company has embarked on a transition process from a mainly sugar-based activity to a more diversified range of activities. In parallel, the sugar-related activity is being modernised. The Medine Masterplan is the framework over the next 20 years for the integrated development of the 10,700 hectares of land owned by Medine, stretching from the west coast of the island to the Plaines Wilhems area. The new company structure, its innovative spirit and vision of integrated development will act as the driving force for future growth.
Source: Company Website