I’m a bourbon drinker, as was my father before me and his father before him. But you know the old saying – when in Rome, drink like a Roman. In that spirit, on my recent trip to The Golden Isles, I visited Richland Rum in Brunswick, Georgia. We didn’t take the tour as reservations are required and we had stopped on a whim. We also had Fanny with us, and dogs aren’t allowed into the distillery. But it’s a small operation, and they were able to explain the process while we did a tasting.
I bought a bottle of the Terrapin Imperial Milk Stout Cask Exchange. The rum is aged for three or four years then transferred to new barrels. The drained barrels are sent to Terrapin Brewing in Athen, GA, and used to age their TiramisuHoo Imperial Milk Stout for a year. After which, they are sent back to Richland, and the original rum is returned to the casks for an additional eighteen months. It’s a delicious sipping rum. They also have an IPA cask exchange as well as a Port cask exchange with Chateau Elan Winery. And I picked up a bottle of the Classic Reserve for mixing cocktails. At $80 a bottle, it’s a bit pricy, but it’s a true small-batch liquor labeled with the cask and bottle number. If you find yourself in Coastal Georgia, I recommend you drop by. Go without your dog so you can visit the upstairs bar.
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