Constellation Rum – Voyage 2
In 2016, we began making more than 200 gallons of Rum from 100% Maryland ingredients. This rum was fermented, double-distilled, and then sealed in four of our Bourbon Barrels for their scheduled embarkation date aboard the U.S.S. Constellation.
On one of the coldest days of early 2017, the four Barrels arrived on Pier 1, at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. There, Chris Rowsom, Executive Director of Historic Ships in Baltimore, guided his expert staff and Tobacco Barn’s volunteers through every step of the loading process:
The Barrels remained in the ship’s hold for more than a full year. During this time, the Barrels were subject to two very important environmental conditions: (i) constant agitation, and (ii) variation of temperatures (low of 9 degrees and high of 101 degrees). These two factors are responsible for exposing more of the Rum to the Bourbon-soaked and charred layers of the barrels than would be possible if they had remained in a standard warehouse. This is an important part of what is responsible for giving U.S.S. Constellation Rum its unique flavor profile. This is the only Rum in the world produced in this manner.
On another very cold day a year later, the four Barrels were removed from the U.S.S. Constellation and returned to the Distillery where the Rum was bottled, labeled, and readied for delivery to the following outlets:
- Bay Ridge Wine & Spirits – Annapolis
- California Wine and Liquors – California
- Patuxent Wine and Spirits – Lusby
- Port of Call – Solomons
- Social Coffeehouse and Speakeasy – Leonardtown
- Total Wine and More – Laurel
- Twist Wine and Spirits – Lexington Park
- Wildewood Wine and Spirits – California
We hope you enjoy this Rum as much as we do. Please remember a substantial portion of the proceeds from the sale of this Rum is donated to Historic Ships to further their mission of preserving our Maritime heritage.