On July 2, 2015, Florida Craft Rum Producer Wicked Dolphin will release their special, limited edition Wicked Dolphin Sunken Barrel USS Mohawk CGC Reserve Rum.
Five Wicked Dolphin rum barrels, filled with distilled water, were sent 90 feet down to the USS Mohawk Veterans Memorial Reef last week, and then raised 72 hours later. The barrels were used to craft the Florida distiller’s latest offering.
Wicked Dolphin Rum and Lee Reefs have partnered to create the limited edition rum to benefit the Lee Reefs program and Special Operations Bionic Warriors – a foundation that ensures wounded, injured or ill U.S. Special Operations veterans/athletes receive state-of-the art adaptive sports equipment, coaching and access to cutting-edge sports science that will ensure achievement of their athletic goals.
The USS Mohawk CGC Veterans Memorial Reef and Bionic Warriors have a common interest in showing appreciation for the contributions of veterans…This project is a symbolic tribute to them all. – Mike Campbell, Executive Director, Lee Reefs
The barrel sinking at the Mohawk reef site comes just three years after the Mohawk was sunk for use as a veteran’s memorial reef. All of the profits will be use to benefit both artificial reefs and the ongoing efforts of the Bionic Warriors.
The rum will be available July 2, 2015 at Wicked Dolphin Distillery, based in Cape Coral. It’s a limited edition sold in 750ml/bottles at $39.99. There will be 200 signature bottles sold with the name “Sunken Barrel USS Mohawk CGC Reserve.”
About Wicked Dolphin Distillery
Started in 2012, Wicked Dolphin Distillery is located in Cape Coral; just miles from the fertile sugarcane fields of Florida. Wicked Dolphin Rum was born out of an idea to create true Florida rum. Using 100 percent Florida sugar and local ingredients, the rum is handcrafted in small batches using an American copper pot still – the largest in South Florida. The family-run distillery produces award-winning rums available throughout Florida and the Southeastern United States.
Underwater HD video and still footage of the rum barrel deployment and retrieval, interviews and more can be found by clicking on http://wickeddolphinmedia.com
About the USS Mohawk CGC Veterans Memorial Reef
The 165-foot World War II Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk launched 14 attacks against U-boat contacts between 1942 and 1945. One of her most famous deeds was being the last ship to radio Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower that the weather was clearing for the D-Day invasion. The Mohawk was sent on her final duty on July 2, 2012 creating the first dedicated veterans memorial using a purposely sunk military vessel.
About Lee Reefs
Lee Reefs is a non-profit foundation that works to enhance the marine environment and protect natural reef ecosystems. Through the creation of artificial habitats, the organization helps to provide safe haven and food for more than 250 different reef fish species from the shallow waters of Charlotte Harbor to more than 30 miles offshore. From its base in Sanibel Island, Florida, Lee Reefs works with other marine conservation nonprofit organizations, corporations and government agencies to ensure the sustainability of the area’s underwater wildlife.