What are “Uncharted Rums”? These are rums I have not yet had the pleasure of reviewing. This is my way to highlight and promote great rums from around the world that might be unfamiliar to most rum shoppers. So until I am able to review each of these rums they shall remain “Uncharted” to me.
Old Republic Distillery, or ORD, celebrates the art of making spirits in York County, PA two hours west of Philadelphia. Founded in 2013, ORD is York County’s 1st legal distillery since prohibition. They produce eight different quality, small batch spirits including Golden Plough Tavern Dark Rum and Old Republic White Rum.
Walking into the Golden Plough Tavern is taking a step back in time. Built in 1741 in York PA, the mid-18th century building originally served as a town hotspot for news and happenings as well as serving as a tavern, restaurant, and hotel. Members of the Second Continental Congress could have enjoyed spirited rounds of debate and libations in the tavern while adopting the Articles of Confederation from 1777–1778. Just a few years later, participants of the 1791 Whiskey Rebellion, which took place in Eastern Pennsylvania and Western Maryland, might have used the tavern to rally against the newly imposed Federal Whiskey Tax designed to repay American Revolutionary War debt.
In dedication to the tavern’s role in American history, Old Republic Distillery produces Golden Plough Tavern Dark Rum. Bottled at 100 proof (50% ABV), Golden Plough Tavern Dark carries “sweet notes of molasses”. Retail price on Golden Plough Tavern Dark is $42/750 ml.
Old Republic Rum
Old Republic White Rum was created as a tribute to an old distillery that operated in York County during the American Revolutionary War. Called “New Republic Distillery”, the whiskey distillery was known to produce the finest quality whisky. The distillery was destroyed by the British during the war and its name became a rallying cry for local fighters. Old Republic Rum is produced and dedicated in tribute to this part of Pennsylvania distilling history. Old Republic White Rum boasts that its “bursting with flavor” and that “tropical drinks will go to a whole new level of delicious” with this small batch white rum. Old Republic Rum is bottled at 80 proof (40% ABV).