RUM. MADE IN DC. FOR REAL.
Our approach to rum is all about changing attitudes. A restrained approach to sugar unusual flavor combinations
CORE RUMS: ALWAYS AVAILABLE
40% Alc. / vol.
Gently grassy. Aromas of mango, banana, and vanilla.
Use for light, fruity, summery cocktails.
We ferment raw cane syrup and blackstrap molasses with a rhum agricole yeast strain and a chenin blanc yeast strain to develop a rich tropical fruit character. Two distillations on our hybrid pot // column still take our spirit up to approximately 180 proof. This gives our White Rum a light enough body to perform in a mojito, but leaves enough fruity character to create a fruity daiquiri. Once it comes off the still, we add filtered water, run it through a charcoal filter, then bottle it by hand at our distillery in Northeast DC.
40% Alc. / vol.
Full, round, and friendly.
Sip neat or use in fuller, heavier rum cocktails.
We rest our White Rum in used bourbon barrels from other local distilleries for several months to pick up color, weight, and a fair amount of vanillin. Once we empty the barrel, we infuse the rum with a small amount of Sweet Woodruff, a soft green herb that contributes a delicate aroma of vanilla, hay, and tea.
DRY SPICED RUM
35% Alc. / vol.
Warm aromatics, firm spice notes. Familiar, yet intriguing.
Sip or shoot, combine with whiskey in cocktails, or drop into sodas for drier mixed drinks.
This does not taste like the stuff you drank too much of that one night in college. Where many spiced rums suffocate under too much sugar and vanilla flavoring, ours contains very little added sugar, no vanilla, and a whole slew of unusual botanicals. Baking spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice form its core, but herbaceous and savory additions like lemon verbena, caraway, cumin, and fenugreek take us into a firm chai tea-like territory. Spicy, earthy, herbaceous, savory, and citrusy- it’s a very unusual spirit.
24% Alc. / vol.
Rich warming spice with bright citrus.
Use a quarter or half ounce to bring cozy warming spice to almost anything.
Cotton & Reed Allspice Dram is a core component of the tiki toolkit, delivering a maelstrom of prickling allspice and soothing clove at the first suggestion of freshly cut limes. Our Allspice Dram delivers all the mouth-watering punch of traditional drams with a fraction of their sweetness, replacing sugar with the natural complexity of dry-fermented limes. The balance struck between sweet, sour, bitter, and spicy notes makes it useful as a substitute for amari or aromatized wine in cocktails. Apply soda water and the juice of half a lime to a jigger of dram to make our renowned Dram Rickey.
CURRENT LIMITED RELEASE RUMS: ACT FAST!
32% Alc. / vol.
The coffee rum with the faux-Italian name is back, and it’s more coffee-y than ever before. Made with coffee beans from Counter Culture and cold brew from DC’s Junius, Despaccino puts coffee flavor front and center. To highlight to fruitier side of the coffee we’ve selected, rhubarb and dehydrated orange provide levity, while cacao contributes its familiar richness. It’s a great sipper on its own, but makes a great cocktail base spirit as well. Use for coffee-inflected boozy stirred cocktails, or marry surprising coffee character into a heavy sour.
PAST LIMITED RELEASE RUMS: NO LONGER AVAILABLE :(
A coffee & botanical infused digestif to be enjoyed slowly; on the rocks. We made Despaccino with Stumptown Coffee Hair Bender Espresso to celebrate DC's upcoming Coffee Fest, which includes the 2018 SCA Barista & Brewers Cup Preliminary. Coffee meets dehydrated blood orange, fenugreek, rhubarb, woodruff, cacao and gentian. This is not a coffee liqueur. Despaccino is best consumed slowly - like an espresso after dinner. Limited to 300 bottles.
This spirit is sold out.
CIDER BARREL SPICED RUM
On our first anniversary, Cotton & Reed is releasing Cider Barrel Spiced, our first barrel-rested product. We rested overproof Cotton & Reed Dry Spiced Rum in a cider barrel for six months. The barrel from Millstone Ciderworks previously held cider pressed from Gold Rush apples, whose inherent spice notes fold neatly into our botanical blend. Oak and fruit put some fall-appropriate flesh to our rum's already inviting bones. It's an elegant sipper for your own home bar, and makes a great gift. Like Cotton & Reed, it's not too old, but it's been around for at least a little while.
Limited to 100 bottles; released on 11/12/2017.
SPICE AS NICE
Dry Spiced Rum + Allspice Dram. It's spice as nice. Our first annual holiday release is a blend of Dry Spiced Rum and Allspice Dram rested in bourbon barrels from One Eighth Distilling. It's a warming, welcoming shot or sipper suited for holiday gatherings both raucous and refined. 35% ABV.
Limited to 450 bottles; available December 2017.