William M. Dowd photo illustration• This is part of "Gotta Have ...", a series of occasional postings on unusual spirits products.
The Renegade Rum Co.'s 2008 collection is being released.
The collection of new bottlings includes six rums, each of which is from a single estate and single vintage.
Renegade Rums are natural bottlings from Caribbean distilleries in their rarely seen, unblended state. Rare stocks from stills that no longer exist also are featured.
The rums unusually have been matured in American oak bourbon barrels, then put in French oak casks for additional aging. They then are bottled at the Bruichladdich Distillery, on Scotland's Isle of Islay, at 46% abv (92 proof) without coloring or chill-filtration. Bruichladdich owns the renegade company.
Only 900-1,500 numbered bottles of each rum are available for worldwide distribution. The collection:
• 1988 Guyana, Enmore, 152 cases, $125 per bottle (seen here).
• 1991 Trinidad, Angostura, 194 cases, $105.
• 1995 Panama, Don Jose, 161 cases, $95.
• 1996 Grenada, Westerhall, 195 cases, $95.
• 2000 Jamaica, Hampden, 232 cases, $85.
• 2000 Barbados, Black Rock, 248 cases, $85.
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