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Stolen Overproof Rum

Stolen Overproof


By Robert Plotkin

If you can't have fun making drinks with Stolen Overproof Rum, call a medic and check your pulse. Perhaps you've already died and no one told you. While most flavored rums are infused with fruit of one variety or another, handcrafted Stolen Smoked Overproof Rum derives its singular set of flavors from the oak barrels in which it is aged.

The innovative brand hails from Jamaica and is made with hand-harvested, estate-grown sugar cane. The limestone filtered spring water used in fermentation is sourced from the neighboring Blue Mountains. After the cane has been rendered into molasses, it is transferred to large fermentation tanks where it is slowly fermented using a proprietary strain of yeast for at least 7 days in up to 50 different types of cedar wood vats.

Afterwards, the rum is then passed through the distillery's array of three different copper pot stills. The facility is equipped 3 different types of stills; a Vendome pot still from Kentucky, two Forsythe still made in Scotland and a South African still made by T&T engineering. Each design produces a singular type of distillate.

Once the rum exits the still it is transferred to charred, American white oak barrels for a minimum of 6 years and barreled at a lip-tingling 123 proof.

There are two principal explanations for this limited edition's tsunami-sized flavors. Like sour mash whiskeys, a small portion of the previous fermentation is added to the wash about to be distilled. In this case, a small amount of spent sugar cane and high-grade molasses from the previous fermented batch are added to fermented wash being distilled. This process increases the amount of flavor rich esters in the finished rum. Also, by their very nature, overproof spirits are inherently more flavorful because less water is used to render the rum to proof.

Be prepared to be thoroughly impressed. The dark bronze Stolen Overproof has a satiny textured body and an enticing bouquet of tropical fruit, bananas, black pepper, flora and baking spices. Be patient because this Jamaican gem needs a few extra minutes for it bouquet to fully up. The additional time will be richly rewarded. As to be expected, the entry is quite warm and spicy. By mid-palate the rum's tremendous flavors come into play with cresting waves of ripe bananas, black pepper, coffee, tobacco vanilla, caramel and warming cinnamon.

The Stolen Rum brand was created in 2010 by two rum-loving friends living in Auckland, New Zealand. Their first brand was Stolen Smoked Rum, the world's first smoked rum. It has gone on to foster cult followings from Austin to Auckland.

Stolen Smoked and Stolen Overproof Rums are not only breaking with convention, they're shattering it in every market they enter. Cheers!