One of the world’s oldest liquors sees a spirited revival in the Islands.
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One of Hawaii’s recently launched, handcrafted rums is Maui Reserve Gold, produced by Haleakala Distillers, the only active distillery in the Islands. In 2006, the Maui Reserve Gold earned a bronze medal at the Inter-national Cane Spirits Festival Tasting Competition.
The rum’s fresh molasses comes directly from Maui’s Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co. Haleakala’s higher elevation requires a longer fermentation period, which allows the yeast to produce alcohol with fewer impurities. Then, the rum is aged in former Jim Beam bourbon casks that mellow the rum’s flavors with notes of butterscotch. 808-280-6822, www.haleakaladistillers.com
“Rum actually makes very nice drinks,” Stewart says. “It’s not like vodka or gin where it’s an acquired taste.”