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.
Cooper River Distillers, located in Camden, NJ, is the first legal distillery licensed in the city since Prohibition. Cooper River produced their first rum, Petty’s Island Rum, back in April of 2014 and has continued crafting a variety of rums and other hand-crafted spirit. Cooper River Distillers produces three expressions of Petty’s Island Rum. Named after Petty’s Island, a 300 acre sliver of land wedged between Philadelphia and Camden in the Delaware River.
“Simplicity, Honesty, and Quality”, these are the principles by which Cooper River Distillers attempts to adhere with everything they do.
They keep their spirit distilling simple producing “spirits that are delicious, unique, and fun.” They view honesty as a most important characteristic in the distilling business. “Being honest about our products is at the heart of everything we do.” They make it a point to inform their customer’s with as much information as wanted so they know exactly what they are drinking by putting as much detailed information as possible on their bottles. Plus, they are always happy to answer any questions consumers might have about their spirit production. Lastly, quality is in every product they produce. They only sell products that they themselves really enjoy.
Petty’s Island Rum is always distilled one batch at a time from a custom blend of molasses in a traditional copper pot still heated by a direct flame. This process results in a bold, rich white rum as unique as Petty’s Island itself. Petty’s Island Rum features a creamy mouth-feel, a delicate, slightly sweet nose, and hints of smoke and vanilla. We bottle it at 90 proof so that you can add it to your favorite cocktail without losing any of its fine rum character.
Petty’s Island Driftwood Dream Spiced Rum begins life as our traditional, pot-distilled white rum. It is then aged it on toasted applewood, add all-natural cinnamon, vanilla, cloves, ginger, and more before finally sweetening Driftwood Dream just a tad with the same molasses we use as the base for all of our rums. At 80 proof, Driftwood Dream is a smooth, complex, sippable spiced rum unlike any other! The unique blend of spices pairs perfectly with coffee, apple cider, ginger ale, and also work just fine on their own neat or over ice.
Petty’s Island Rye Oak Reserve Rum is the newest entry to the Petty’s Island Rum Pettys Island Rye oakfamily and is the result of months of patience. It begins just like all of our rums, but is left to age gracefully for 8 to 10 months in charred, white oak barrels that were previously used to age rye whiskey. This unique aging regiment results in a smooth, amber-colored rum with traditional oak flavors of vanilla, caramel, and spice along with a distinct rye whiskey note on the finish. Great neat, over ice, or in traditional whiskey cocktails such as Manhattans and Old Fashioneds.
Cooper River Distillers