Find happy hours and drink specials anywhere you are

Shipwreck Rum: A Voyage of Barrel Aging and Exotic Spice

by The Drink Nation on Oct 27, 2011 in Liquor

St. Kitts-based Brinley Gold has a new offering, and it’s a step above your average pirate’s swill. The decade-old purveyors of a variety of flavored rums recently launched Shipwreck Rum. This new spirit is the first spiced rum to have been barrel-aged for four years before bottling. Now available in 20 US states, as well as throughout the Caribbean, it’s a cane spirit worth tasting.

Shipwreck kindly sent a bottle to The Drink Nation offices so we could try out the deep flavors for ourselves, with a recommendation that we take the first few sips neat. They were right. The oak casks impart an impressive body to the booze, so that the liquor feels more like an fine Irish whiskey than the cloyingly-sweet swallow rum often provides. After pleasantly warming your throat, Shipwreck leaves an extremely light citrus and vanilla coating on the tongue. If you’re on a first date, make this your pre-kiss quaff.

In mixed drinks, this rum should please even discerning cocktail snobs, with flavors that are strong enough to be found under sugary overtones, yet seem ripe for blending. A hot rum toddy with apple cider and cinnamon would become an elevated option using this four-year-aged brown spirit. But don’t consider ruining Shipwreck with syrupy Coca Cola. This is a spirit that can stand on its own, even if you're not a big rum fan.

The recipe and bottle are dedicated to the an actual British troop ship that sank off the St. Kitts coast in the late 1700s, and the inside of the faux-weathered label sports an “SOS” message from a British Soldier, captured by the French navy. Look for Shipwreck at a liquor outlet in your area in the near future, and check out the autumn cocktail recipes, below.

Spiced Rum Toddy (Serves 4)

3 cups apple cider
4 cinnamon sticks
1/2 cup spiced rum
1/2 cup cinnamon schnapps

In a medium saucepan over medium heat combine all ingredients and heat through. Do not boil. Mull for 45-60 minutes. Serve warm in a mug with cinnamon sticks or nutmeg to garnish.

The Original

2 oz. Shipwreck Spiced Rum
2 Dashes Peach Bitters
1 Dash Angostura Bitters
1 Bar Spoon Maple Syrup
Dash cinnamon

Add ingredients to a mixing glass, and stir with ice.  Strain into a rocks glass filled with fresh ice and garnish with an orange twist.

Recent Articles
spacer

Feedback

How are we doing? Tell us what you like or don't like and how we can improve. We would love to hear your thoughts!

*Name:
*E-mail:
*Suggestions:
 
Where to Drink Outside in D.C. During Summer 2019

Where to Drink Outside in D.C. During Summer 2019

Patio weather has arrived! Grab your friends, stake a spot at the bar and take advantage of these outdoor spots for drinking and dining. ...read more ›

by Lanna Nguyen May 14, 2019
Boston Beer & Dogfish Head Have Merged in a $300 Million Deal

Boston Beer & Dogfish Head Have Merged in a $300 Million Deal

In a huge move for the American craft beer community, Boston Beer and Dogfish Head have agreed to a merger valued at $300 million dollars. ...read more ›

by The Drink Nation May 10, 2019
Neighborhood Bar Crawl: Adams Morgan

Neighborhood Bar Crawl: Adams Morgan

Here are some of our top picks featuring awesome beverage choices in addition to serving up delicious eats - burgers, Korean, Japanese and more - all ...read more ›

by Lanna Nguyen Apr 17, 2019
SPONSORED
Find happy hours and drink specials anywhere you are
A New, High-End Blend of Jack Daniel's Whiskey is Now Available in the United States

A New, High-End Blend of Jack Daniel's Whiskey is Now Available in the United States

A new, high-end blend of Jack Daniel's whiskey, known as Jack Daniel's No. 27 Gold, which was previously only ...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Apr 15, 2019
Coopers' Craft Bourbon Is Now Available in 12 States With a New Barrel Reserve Expression

Coopers' Craft Bourbon Is Now Available in 12 States With a New Barrel Reserve Expression

Coopers' Craft Kentucky Straight Bourbon has debuted an entirely new label design, has expanded to more states...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Apr 3, 2019
Where to Drink Bourbon in D.C.

Where to Drink Bourbon in D.C.

Where to drink bourbon? Check out our top picks below for places to sip the barrel aged spirit....read more ›

by Lanna Nguyen Apr 2, 2019
Welcome Warmer Weather in D.C. with These Spring Cocktails

Welcome Warmer Weather in D.C. with These Spring Cocktails

Spring is in bloom and in DC that means the welcome of cherry blossoms and spring-inspired cocktails on seasonal drink menus. ...read more ›

by Lanna Nguyen Mar 19, 2019
PBR is Making Its Own Whiskey For the Perfect Shot & Beer Combo

PBR is Making Its Own Whiskey For the Perfect Shot & Beer Combo

Pabst Blue Ribbon has filed documents to create its very own whiskey, making for the perfect shot & beer combo....read more ›

by Drink Philly Mar 18, 2019
Behind the Bar: Tory Pratt of Pratt Standard

Behind the Bar: Tory Pratt of Pratt Standard

In this edition of Behind the Bar, we chatted with Tory Pratt, the founder of Pratt Standard....read more ›

by The Drink Nation Mar 7, 2019
D.C.'s Best Beer Bars

D.C.'s Best Beer Bars

Where's the best place to get your brew on? From beer gardens to bars, here are some of our favorite spots to knock back a few pints....read more ›

by Lanna Nguyen Mar 5, 2019
SPONSORED
View all Articles

Sign up to get weekly drinking news, bar reviews, events and more sent directly to your inbox!

Close